Campbell to hold 2 winter graduation ceremonies Saturday

May 2014 Graduation. (Photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK — Campbell University will hold two winter commencement ceremonies for more than 350 students completing degrees in August 2014 and December 2014 on Saturday, Dec. 13.

During a morning ceremony that begins at 9 o’clock in the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center, undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded to at least 315 students from Campbell’s main and extended campuses. Dr. Ronald Maddox, founding dean of Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, will deliver the commencement address. He’ll retire from the position Dec. 31 after building the pharmacy school into one of the best in the nation.

In a 3 p.m. ceremony in Turner Auditorium, CPHS will recognize 38 students who have earned their Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree. It’s the second class of physician assistant students to graduate from Campbell since the university began the degree in August 2011. Marc S. Katz, president-elect of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, will be the keynote speaker.

CPHS will also mark the PA Class of 2014’s transition from student to health care professional during a Long White Coat Ceremony Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in Butler Chapel. At that time, graduating PA students will receive long white coats, signifying they are trained health care professionals. Dr. Chris Stewart, associate professor of health professional studies at Campbell, will deliver the White Coat Address Friday.

Both graduation ceremonies and the Long White Coat Ceremony will be live-streamed.