The University of North Carolina at Pembroke held its 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 7 at 9 a.m. The ceremony took place on the Quad South Lawn of university’s campus. There were 581 undergraduate degrees conferred during the ceremony. The local newspaper, The Robesonian reported that there were over 5,000 people in attendance. The speaker for the commencement was 1976 UNCP graduate, Dr. Sallie McRorie. Dr. McRorie’s message to the students was to keep moving and never give up.
Fourteen of the graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S Army and U.S. Air force. This news sent the audience in to an uproar of applause.
During the ceremony, a memorial degree was given to the parents of Doris Paul,21, a former student at UNCP. Paul was killed in a car accident in April of 2015. Her parents were at the ceremony, along with her brother, Charles Paul, who accepted her degree in her honor. Emotions were stirring and the audience began to applaud Doris’s brother as he walked across stage. Doris was a biology major.
Following the ceremony, several celebration stations were set up around the campus to accommodate students and their loved ones. With over 5000 people in attendance, the 2016 UNC Pembroke Commencement Ceremony was one to remember.