Countdown to Commencement
Guilford will hold the commencement exercises of its 176th year at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, on the lawn in front of King Hall. President Kent Chabotar will preside over his 11th commencement and give the charge to about 550 graduates.
Invited speaker Jeff Thigpen ’93, Guilford County’s register of deeds and a former admission office staff member, will offer remarks entitled “Gradu-maggedon to On Point: Way-Making Leaders in a Time of Lattes, Target and Honey Boo Boo!”
Deanntre’ Brown ’12 and Tim Leisman ’13 will speak for the graduating class.
The ceremony will include students who completed degree requirements during spring 2013, summer 2012 and fall 2012. It will be held outside, and there is a chance of rain. Graduates and their guests are advised to plan accordingly. As an exception to the rule, graduates will be allowed to carry a small umbrella to their seat if they desire.
As a 27-year-old in 1998, Thigpen became the youngest county commissioner in Guilford County’s history. After serving six years as a commissioner, including a year as vice chairman of the board, he was elected register of deeds in 2004, 2008 and 2012. A native of southeastern North Carolina, he played baseball for the Quakers while majoring in political science, and justice and policy studies. He worked in admission at Guilford and earned a master’s degree in public affairs from UNCG.
The College will hold a baccalaureate service for graduates, their families and friends at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Dana Auditorium. The service will be followed by the President’s Reception on the Dana lawn.
Earlier Friday afternoon, following commencement rehearsal for graduates, there will be an ice cream social on Founders lawn, sponsored by the Alumni Association.
Additional information is available on the Commencement Web page.