from UNC Asheville News Services
UNC Asheville will hold its December 2012 Commencement, with 243 graduates receiving diplomas, in a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Kimmel Arena.
The commencement address will be delivered by Thomas “Ted” Meigs, Glaxo-Smith-Kline Professor of Molecular Biology, who this year became the first faculty member to receive two of UNC Asheville’s most prestigious awards in the same year – the UNC Asheville Distinguished Teaching Award and the UNC Asheville Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award. Meigs, who joined the faculty in 2003, involves his students in research on specialized molecular interactions within and among cells, which could ultimately lead to development of new drugs that inhibit cancer growth.
Among the graduates are 12 who have completed UNC Asheville’s growing Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program. This is the largest number of graduates to receive master’s degrees at one time from UNC Asheville; 10 MLA students received degrees last December.
December’s graduates include: a Blue Ridge Parkway ranger, now armed with a degree in biology and ready to work in environmental preservation of the northern Rockies; a New York native who has already started his own video production company with an international client list; an Asheville native who has now earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at UNC Asheville and is working to develop awareness of green burial options; a writer already co-teaching university courses as an undergraduate and producing readings for local writers downtown; and many others. (Selected student profiles follow below.)