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UNG announces speakers for spring commencement ceremonies

The University of North Georgia (UNG) will hold four spring 2014 commencement ceremonies May 9-10, and the guest speakers include Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County Schools; Dr. Ben Mathes, president of Rivers of the World; and Vicki Davis, a founding member of WomenSource.

Tickets are required to attend each ceremony. Students who have applied for spring graduation can pick up graduation packets, which include their designated number of tickets, beginning Monday, May 5 at the bookstore on their home campus. There will also be overflow areas for people who do not have tickets to view a live stream of the ceremonies. These will be in the Cleveland Ballroom of the Martha T. Nesbitt Building for the Gainesville Campus ceremony, and in the Special Collections Room on the third floor of the Library Technology Center on the Dahlonega Campus from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The first ceremony will be on Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m. on UNG's Gainesville Campus, and will honor all graduates from UNG's Gainesville and Oconee campuses. Davis, who also is a trustee of the UNG Foundation, Inc. – Gainesville and a member of The Rotary Club of Gainesville, will speak. She also is a sustaining member of the Hall County Junior League, has served as president of the Gainesville State College Alumni Association, and is currently serving on steering committees to consolidation the university’s philanthropic foundations and alumni organizations.

Three graduation ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 10 on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

A 10 a.m. ceremony on May 10 will honor graduates of the College of Health Sciences & Professions. Mathes will speak at this ceremony. As president of Rivers of the World, an international exploration and development agency that targets remote river basins, Mathes has traveled the world since 1978 on a mission to improve international health development. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has served in more than 20 impoverished countries, and his organization is responsible for treating more than 1 million cases of river blindness and immunizing more than 775,000 children against polio.

A 2 p.m. ceremony on May 10 will honor graduates of the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Science & Mathematics and University College.

The final spring commencement ceremony, set for 6 p.m. May 10, will honor graduates of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and the College of Education. Schofield will speak at this ceremony. Currently in his 27th year of public education, Schofield has served as a high school mathematics teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. Twice a finalist for Georgia's Superintendent of the Year, Schofield is also the recipient of numerous awards, including AdvancEd's "Excellence in Education" and the National Association of Gifted Children's "Leader of the Year."

Separate commissioning ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 9, beginning at 1 p.m. for members of the Corps of Cadets entering the armed forces as second lieutenants. The individual commissioning ceremonies will be held in the Brooks Pennington Jr. Military Leadership Center. A reception for commissioning cadets will be held immediately after each ceremony in room 112 of the Military Leadership Center.

For more information about spring commencement, including information and instructions for graduates, visit UNG's commencement website at


Michael Marshall
Communications Specialist

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