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PBS chief to speak at UNCA commencement
Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:41

From Staff Reports

PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger will be the featured speaker at UNC Asheville’s Commencement Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. May 11 on the University Quad. 

As part of the ceremony, Kerger will receive the UNCA Chancellor’s Medallion.

“We are so honored that Paula Kerger has accepted our invitation,” said UNCA Chancellor Nancy J. Cable, who will preside over the spring commencement. 

“Paula is someone I’ve come to know as a person, and come to respect as the stellar leader of one of America’s most important cultural institutions. She has been committed to making PBS’s educational programming for children more widely available, and she has overseen the development of PBS LearningMedia, helping teachers engage with their students through high-quality digital programming. 

“PBS documentaries help our nation see itself more clearly. Paula truly is a champion for our nation’s culture and it will be an honor to welcome her to UNC Asheville,” Cable said.

UNCA will not bestow any honorary degrees this year as it has done for the past two decades. The university is undertaking a comprehensive review of the honorary degree selection process following the voluntary return of an honorary degree from former Eblen Charities director Bill Murdock. (Another story on Murdock appears elswhere on this page.)

About 550 graduates will cross the stage at the commencement on the Quad. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to UNCA’s Kimmel Arena.

In a new “Honor Your Roots” tradition, graduates this year are able to purchase a living commemorative white oak or red maple tree sapling for planting at home. The price, $20.19 in honor of the Class of 2019, will support student scholarships through the university’s Pisgah Scholars Program. 


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