ONLINE VIDEO [CC] With 500 May graduates and their loved ones assembled on the university Quad, UNC Asheville celebrated its 88th annual spring commencement on Saturday, May 7. UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant presided over the ceremony and presented honorary degrees to three local leaders in recognition of their contributions to Asheville and Western North Carolina. Virgil Smith, former publisher and president of the Asheville Citizen-Times received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and delivered the Commencement Address. Julia Ray, centenarian and business leader, was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her service to Asheville and to the university. John Cram, a local entrepreneur and ecohero, received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree for founding and sustaining cornerstones of Asheville’s creative culture.
The 88th Annual Spring Commencement, May 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016