2014 Graduation

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Bryan School of Business and Economics Graduation and Award Ceremony

Special Events Center (East Wing,) Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2:30pm, Friday, May 8, 2015

**Graduates must arrive by 1:00 pm **


There is no rehearsal for the Bryan School Graduation and Awards Ceremony, which is coordinated by the Bryan School Dean’s Office. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bryan Undergraduate Student Services via email at bryansch@uncg.edu.


Caps and Gowns

All participants must be dressed in full academic regalia. This includes cap, gown, and tassel. Masters degree students must also wear hoods; please see the University Bookstore for proper hood colors according to your degree. The last date for ordering graduation regalia is April 17th (for doctoral candidates the deadline is March 2oth).

You can find out more about the Graduation Celebration at the following web page, http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html

RSVP – Submit by Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You must RSVP for the Bryan School ceremony by Wednesday, April 23, 2014.



Parking and Tickets

Parking and attendance will be free of charge with no required passes or tickets for students or guests.

Guest Seating

Guests may arrive with the graduate or just prior to the beginning of the ceremony. This is not a ticketed event, so seating is on a first come, first served basis. The earlier guests arrive, the better chance they have of getting the seats they prefer. Doors will open for seating at 1:30pm. The doors will close promptly at 2:25 pm in order to start the graduation procession.

This is a very special day for you and your family and friends. We hope everyone enjoys the event. However, please keep in mind that small children and babies may cause a distraction during the ceremony.


Assembling Prior to Ceremony – Be there at 1:00pm on Friday, May 8th!

All graduation participants, dressed in full academic regalia, must meet in the foyer of the Special Events Center NO LATER than 1:00pm. ALL GRADUATES MUST SIGN IN AT THE REGISTRATION TABLE. In order to ensure a place in the graduation lineup, you must register and receive a name card. Keep this name card with you throughout the ceremony! When you cross the stage, you will hand this name card to Dr. Joy Bhadury, Associate Dean. He will read your name as you are receiving your diploma cover.

Processional, Welcome and Introduction

Graduates will be lined up by order in which they will march. Ceremony marshals will lead the graduates to their seats. Remain standing until directed by Dean Banks to be seated. Dean Banks will welcome the graduates, faculty, and guests and provide a short introduction into the program.

Student and Faculty Awards

Recognition of students and faculty receiving awards will follow the introduction. If your name is called to receive an award, please exit your seat to the nearest aisle and approach the stage from the right. Once you have received your award exit the stage on the opposite side and return to your seat.

Graduate Recognition – Don’t forget your card!

Diploma covers will be awarded directly thereafter. A ceremony marshal will direct graduates to the stage. Beginning with the first row, graduates will exit their seats to the right. One row at a time, they will approach the stage from the right side. Subsequent rows of graduates will remain seated until directed to the stage by a ceremony marshal. Remember to bring your name card with you when you approach the stage. When your name is called, approach the Dean to receive his congratulations and cross the stage to accept your diploma cover from your Department Chair. Accept the diploma cover with your left hand and use your right hand to shake hands with the Department Chair. A ceremony marshal will direct you back to your seat.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA ON GRADUATION DAY! You will receive your diploma cover at the ceremony, and your diploma will be sent to you by mail after all degree clearances are completed by the university.


As each graduate is handed his/her diploma, a picture will be taken by a professional photographer. You will receive an email from the photographer with a link to their website, www.photospecialties.com, and a password that allows you to view and order your graduation photos online.


After the diploma covers are awarded, graduates will be instructed to stand and a ceremony marshal will direct each row of graduates out of the auditorium. Faculty members will be present in the lobby to meet with graduates and their guests and will be organized in designated areas according to department. Please listen for announcements at the end of the ceremony and check your program for meeting locations, and arrange ahead of time to meet with your guests in these areas after the ceremony.


Special Events Center – East Wing
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
1921 West Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27403

http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/ColiseumInfo.html (includes maps)

Directions to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex including the Arena, Special Events Center, and War Memorial Auditorium.

I-85 South/I-40 West From Burlington, Durham, Raleigh

I-40 West to Greensboro, take Exit 218-B, Freeman Mill Road. Go 1/4 mile and turn left on Coliseum Boulevard. The Complex is two miles on the left.

I-85 North from Charlotte

I-85 North to Greensboro, take Exit 122-B, Freeman Mill Road (clover-leaf). Go 1 1/2 miles and turn left on Coliseum Boulevard. The Complex is two miles on the left.

I-40 East from Winston-Salem

I-40 East to Greensboro, take Exit 216 towards UNCG and continue straight ahead for two miles to the Complex.

Highway 220 North from Asheboro

Highway 220 North to Greensboro turns into Freeman Mill Road. Stay on Freeman Mill Road. After crossing I-85 and I-40, turn left onto Coliseum Boulevard. The Complex is two miles on the left.

Highway 220 South from Virginia

On Highway 220 South to Greensboro, road name changes to Battleground Ave in the city. After crossing Cornwallis, keep right onto Westover Terrace. Continue straight on Westover Terrace which becomes Aycock Street. Continue straight for three miles. Cross Spring Garden Street, pass under the railroad bridge and turn right at the next light on Lee Street (Wendy’s on the right). The Complex is one mile on the left. Turn left onto Coliseum Boulevard.

Through Town Directions from Piedmont Triad International Airport

Leave the airport and turn right on Bryan Boulevard. Go eight miles and turn right on Aycock Street. Continue straight for two miles. Cross Spring Garden Street, pass under the railroad bridge, and turn right at the next light on Lee Street (Wendy’s on the right). The Complex is one mile on the left. Turn left onto Coliseum Boulevard.

Highway Directions from Piedmont Triad International Airport

Leave the airport and turn left on Bryan Boulevard to Highway 68 South. Follow 68 South to I-40. Go under the bridge and take I-40 East to Greensboro. Take Exit 216 towards UNCG and continue straight ahead for two miles to the Complex.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Thanks to our Sponsors

2014 Bryan Alumni Tournament

The Bryan School Alumni Association would like to thank all of the sponsors for their generous support for the 21st Annual Golf Tournament.

Our Generous Sponsors

Krispy Kreme executives speak at UNCG on Oct. 15

Krispy Kreme executives speak at UNCG on Oct. 15


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two top Krispy Kreme executives will share their experience and thoughts on corporate entrepreneurship and franchising when they speak at UNCG on Oct. 15.

Tony Thompson, the company’s president and CEO, and Cynthia Bay, the senior vice president of U.S. franchises and company stores, will share their vision for the company, especially as it pertains to growth and innovation.

The event, co-sponsored by the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and the Bryan School of Business and Economics, starts at 5 p.m. in Bryan Building Room 160. The public is welcome to attend at no charge, but reservations are requested by Oct. 10. To RSVP for the event, visit entrepreneurship.uncg.edu.

Thompson is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the food service, grocery products and beverage industries. He joined Krispy Kreme following a tenure at Papa John’s International, Inc, where he most recently served as president and chief operating officer. Prior to Papa John’s, Thompson worked for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, ConAgra Grocery Products Company and Gulf Coast Coca Cola.

Bay joined Krispy Kreme in 2008, previously serving as the senior vice president of company store operations before assuming her current role in 2011. She had a long and distinguished career at McDonald’s before leaving the company in 2006 to work as an independent consultant focused on operations, training and development.


Bryan School Students and Damien Patton honored by Beta Gamma Sigma

Bryan School Students and Damien Patton honored by Beta Gamma Sigma

Damien Patton of Banjo

GREENSBORO, NC- On April 21st the Bryan School’s Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma held its Spring Induction Ceremony to honor 42 high achieving undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Each semester a successful business person is chosen by the Bryan School chapter to deliver the keynote address and serve as a model of the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma.

As a student, Damien Patton — who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Finance in 1999 — was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.  To date, Patton has founded five successful companies.  His latest venture, Banjo, is a mobile technology app that provides real time content discovery by location across all major social networks, and is regularly used by top news organizations such as NBC, FOX and BBC to track world events.  In January, Banjo was named the top featured app in the Android market as well as a 2014 “Editor’s Choice” by Google, one of the highest honors Patton and his staff could receive.  In March, WIRED Magazine named Banjo “the fastest startup in Silicon Valley” and the Wall Street Journal recently reported on the success of Banjo’s latest round of funding.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Bryan School of Business and Economics produces graduates who are innovative and principled leaders and exceptional problem solvers. One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the Bryan School boasts an AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting that puts it among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world. Our students and alumni carry forward their Bryan School experience to make meaningful contributions where they work, live and lead.

Business Before Hours

Business Before Hours


The Bryan School sponsored the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Before Hours” at the Alumni House on March 26.  Great networking and everyone declared Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, the catering sponsor, a huge hit.

Graduation 2013

Graduation 2013


Another proud group of recent graduates from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG.  We are so proud of this group of students, and know they will continue to Do Something Bigger Altogether.

BB&T Speaker Series – April 22th

Free Market Fairness – Dr. John Tomasi (Brown University)

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

The Bryan School of Business and Economics is proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, William Bradley ‘Brad’ Hayes, Accounting 1987.

Brad HayesBrad has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) since 2005. A S&P 500 company based in Burlington, NC, LabCorp is a world leader in clinical testing and diagnostic technologies. During Brad’s tenure, both company revenues and earnings per share increased markedly.

In addition to his responsibilities at LabCorp, Brad finds time to serve his community. He has lent his expertise to numerous non-profit boards, including the UNCG Excellence Foundation and the Bryan School Business Advisory Board. Brad also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee at Canterbury School. In recognition of his work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, he was recognized in 2012 with the “Beverly Berry Living and Giving Award” for his efforts to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes.

Brad and his wife, Kim, Marketing Education 1989, have endowed a scholarship to support high-potential students with financial need.

The Bryan School and UNCG will celebrate this award along with Brad and guests on Monday, May 13th at Starmount Forest Country Club.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2012 – Boyd A. Rogers, ’85 MBA, Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain, VF Corporation (retired)

2011 – Ellen Thrower, ’75 BS, ’78 MBA, Executive Director, School of Risk Management, St. John’s University (retired)

2010 – Edward M. Rozynski, ’75 BS,’76 MA, Vice President of Global Government Affairs, Stryker Corporation

2009 – L. Thornton Edwards, ’74 MS, Principal, Owner, and President, The Edwards Companies

2008 – Becky R. Levin, ’79 BS, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Levin & Company, Inc.

2006 – Martin Green, ’84 BS, President, brij Image and Information, Inc.

2005 – Gary Smith, ’81 BS, ’85 MBA, Executive VP and CFO, International Textile Group, Inc.

2004 – Dianne Neal Blixt, ’81 BS, ’88 MBA, Executive VP and CFO, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.

2003 – William A. “Dean” Priddy, ’83 BS, ’86 MBA, CFO and VP of Administration, RF Micro Devices

2002 – Joe K. Pickett, ’72 MS, Chairman and CEO, HomeSide International, Inc. (retired)

2000 – Sue W. Cole, ’72 BS, ’77 MBA, Regional CEO, U.S. Trust Company

1999 – Nido Qubein, ’73 MS, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Creative Services, Inc. and Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Company

UNCG 8th Annual THREADS Fashion Show

THREADS, the student organization for the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will present their 8th annual fashion show, “The Four Elements,” April 5 2013 at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.

Tickets for the event are $15 for VIP seating (sold out), $10 general admission and $7 with a student ID. THREADS will also co-host an after-show concert with WUAG 103.1 FM, featuring Fine Peduncle and Paper Planet, in the Regency Room.
Tickets for the fashion show are available at the door or online at uncgfashionshow.eventbrite.com.

Doors to the fashion show will open at 7 p.m. for cocktail hour with the show beginning at 8 p.m. The second half of the night will feature upper level design students and their capsule collections.

Come see the students perspectives of one or more of Earth’s elements — earth, water, fire and wind.

Free parking will be available in the venue parking deck on Davie Street and February 1 Place. Valet parking will also be available for a fee.

See media clip with some samples on digtriad.com.


Editorial Update: This event was a success, and we are looking forward to next years event.

Harriet Elliott Lecture Series – April 2, 2013