Office of the Chancellor

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Chancellor Linda P. Brady

On May 15, I had the privilege of witnessing more than 2,200 students don caps and gowns to accept their well-deserved diplomas. Commencement is always a wonderful experience, a time to celebrate accomplishments and to set the course for future successes.

It is exciting to think about the contributions our graduates will make to our workplaces and communities – and what they have already accomplished as students at UNCG.

UNCG students develop new insights, create beauty, and make important discoveries in the library, studio and laboratory. They reach out as leaders and volunteers on our campus and in our city. And they pursue with diligence their inspiration to create solutions and make a positive change.

It is a true privilege to belong to this vibrant university and community and to share with you a few of our milestones for 2008-09. In addition to perusing the links on the left, you can read more stories about great people making great things happen by visiting

One of the most important steps we’ve taken this year is to develop our strategic plan for 2009-2014. More than 70 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members participated in the strategic planning process. Although these are challenging economic times, the UNCG community continues to come together with the shared goal of moving the university forward. Please visit UNCG Tomorrow to see where the university will be headed during the next five years.

Another significant accomplishment belongs to the Students First Campaign, which concludes in June. Through the generosity of donors throughout the nation, more than $114 million has been raised with student success as the central focus. Thank you for your outstanding support of our students and faculty through your gifts and volunteer time.

As I said in my installation speech, we create a life of meaning by honoring the past, seizing the moment and shaping the future. I look forward to many more meaningful years and exciting milestones as UNCG redefines the student-centered research university of the 21st century.