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Commencement, the university-wide graduation ceremony, is held at the end each semester to celebrate summer, fall, and spring graduates. Degrees are officially conferred at Commencement. Filled with pageantry, this ceremony includes an address from President Fant and the Commencement speaker. Undergraduate, master's, and doctoral candidates are recognized individually during the ceremony.  

Join us for Spring Commencement 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium on the campus of North Greenville University.  


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North Greenville University is located in Tigerville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tigerville is a pastoral community 18 miles north of Greenville, South Carolina, the state's largest metropolitan area, less than 12 miles from Greer and about 35 miles from Spartanburg with easy access to I-85, I-26, and US 276 and 25. The campus setting provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, with the campus itself situated on the summit of a rolling hill amid acres of university-owned land. Most of the buildings on the campus have been constructed in the past few decades replacing older buildings which were erected during the first 100 years of the university's history.

 

Address:

 

7801 North Tigerville Rd.
Tigerville, SC 29688

 

From Greenville, SC:

 

Take Business 25 and 276 to Travelers Rest. Continue on 25 North to Highway 414. Turn right on 414 and NGU will be four miles on the left.

 

From Spartanburg, SC:

 

Take Highway 29 toward Greenville. Turn right on Highway 290 in Greer. Continue on Highway 290 until you reach the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 253. Turn right on Highway 253. After you have traveled six miles, you will come to the intersection of Highway 253 and Highway 414. Turn left on Highway 414 and you will see the entrance to North Greenville on the right.

 

From Hendersonville, NC:

 

Take I-26 towards Spartanburg. Exit onto Highway 25 to Greenville, South Carolina. Turn left on Highway 414. NGU will be four miles on the left.

 

From Columbia, SC:

 

Take I-26 West to Spartanburg. Exit on Highway 29 towards Greer/Greenville. Turn right on Highway 290 in Greer. Continue on Highway 290 until you reach the intersection of Highway 290 and 253. After you have traveled six miles, you will come to the intersection of Highway 253 and Highway 414. Turn left on Highway 414 and you will see the entrance to North Greenville on the right.

 

From Atlanta, GA:

 

Take I-85 North to Exit 42. Take the left branch of I-I85 toward Greenville. Exit I-185 to White Horse Road, Highway 25. Stay on 25 traveling north toward Asheville, North Carolina. Turn right on Highway 414. NGU will be four miles on the left. 

 

Places to Stay

 

Greenville

 

Greer

 

Landrum

 

Travelers Rest

Looking for a place to stay when visiting NGU? Try area accommodations and ask about possible NGU discounts:

When and Where:

In the event of inclement weather for spring, Commencement will be moved from Younts Stadium to Turner Chapel. Only four guests per graduate will be allowed to enter Turner Chapel and must present a ticket at the door. Fall commencement is held in Turner Chapel and tickets are required. Turner Chapel doors will open at 9:00 a.m. A campus map is available here.

Graduation candidates should report to the visitors stands at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28. Faculty will report at 9:30 a.m. to a designated tent on the Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium lawn dressed in full regalia. Faculty line-up sheets will be available at that location. For Spring, if Commencement is moved to Turner Chapel, candidates will report to Hayes Ministry Center at 9:00 a.m. and faculty to White Hall at 9:30 a.m. Graduation candidates and faculty needing accessible parking will be directed by campus security officers to the appropriate area. 

Guests may enter Younts Stadium beginning at 9:00 a.m. through the front gates of the stadium. There will be reserved seating for faculty in Section D. Guests are free to sit in all other asked to fill in the seating closest to the floor first. 

 

How will I know if Commencement has been re-located due to inclement weather?

Notices of a change of venue due to inclement weather will be posted on the electronic marquee at the corner of Hwy 414 and Hwy 253 and on the North Greenville University homepage (ngu.edu), and on the North Greenville University Commencement page (ngu.edu//commencement) at least 24 hours prior to Commencement. You may also call (864) 977-7000 for confirmation of change of venue due to inclement weather. 

 

Are tickets required?

Tickets are not required for spring commencement. Graduation candidates, faculty, and guests are encouraged to arrive early. 

 

Simulcast availability

If seating sections in Turner Chapel are full, guests will be directed to the Hamlin Recital Hall where overflow seating will be available and guests will watch the ceremony via simulcast.

 

Items and Searches

Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession is subject to arrest. Backpacks and bags are subject to be searched.

Items prohibited include:


• Alcoholic Beverages

• Explosives
 
• Tobacco or other electronic vapor products
 
• All Noisemakers (i.e., air horns, plastic horns, whistles, etc.)
 
• Weapons

 

Commencement Weather Forecast

For Commencement day weather forecast, click here.

 

Help your graduate commemorate their time at NGU and celebrate their graduation!

 

NGU Commencement 2018 DVD

Commencement DVD: Relive your graduation with the Commencement 2018 DVD! Order your copy of the Commencement 2018 DVD featuring the official conferring of degrees by President Fant, commencement address by Erik Weir, and hooding of doctoral candidates. You may reserve your DVD at graduation rehearsal or on graduation day at the ceremony for $20. A table will be set up with order forms. Orders will ONLY be taken at these times.

 

North Greenville Legacy Walkway Paver

Help your graduate leave their mark on NGU's campus with the purchase of a North Greenville Legacy Walkway Paver. For $100, have your graduate's name, graduation date(s), and degree(s) earned engraved on one of over 1,000 pavers available. For more information, contact Julie Styles at (864) 663-0246 or julie.styles@ngu.edu. 

 

NGU Ring

The NGU ring connects all of the University's graduates and is a beautiful way to commemorate one's time at NGU. The NGU ring features the arches, interlocking OU logo, the Seed Sower, and the traditional border from the University's seal. Order the NGU ring here.

 

Merchandise

NGU has many great gift ideas for graduates and supporters of the University.

You can order some of these items directly from North Greenville University, and others from our licensed vendor, Church Hill Classics. 

NGU Ties, Charms, and Beaded Necklaces can be ordered directly from NGU Office of Alumni by contacting Director of Alumni Julie Styles, at julie.styles@ngu.edu or 864.663.0246. Other items must be ordered directly from our licensed vendor. 

 


 

NGU Bow Tie (Design 1)

Available in both pre-tied and traditional styles. 

$20.00


 

NGU Bow Tie (Design 1)

Available in both pre-tied and traditional styles. 

$20.00

 


 

NGU Necktie (New Design)

$15.00

 


 

NGU Beaded Necklaces

A casual woven fiber necklace embedded with red and black beads and the NGU emblem on a pendant. Two different styles to choose from. 

$35.00


 

NGU Crest Charm

Silver charm, a great decoration for a necklace or bracelet. 

$25.00


 

NGU Athletic Logo Charm

Silver charm, a great decoration for a necklace or bracelet. 

$25.00


 

NGU Crest Bookends

A stylish desk or bookshelf item, from our vendor Church Hill Classics.  



 

Polished Wooden Box with NGU Crest. 

A great desk item for keepsakes, writing tools, postage and more! 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


 

Business Card and Pen Holder with NGU Crest

No desk is complete without this traditional item. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


 

NGU Crest Paperweight

Natural stone paperweight with attractive NGU seal. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics

 

 

Desktop Stationery Organizer with NGU Crest

A classic item for holding important papers, letters, or stationery material. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


 

NGU Degree Frame

A beautiful wooden frame with gold-leaf crest and text on the matting. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


 

NGU Degree Frame with Photo of Iconic Entryway Fountain

A beautiful wooden frame with gold-leaf crest and text on the matting with dual-matted photograph of the main entrance to campus. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A live stream of Commencement will be available here at the start of the Commencement 2017 ceremony.

 

Erik C. Weir has more than 27 years of investment and financial services experience. He received his bachelor of arts (Finance/Real Estate) from Georgia State University in 1989 and became a licensed real estate agent at the age of 18, assembling his first shopping center site while a sophomore in college.

Prior to forming his own company, Erik was a senior vice president of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in San Francisco, CA and assistant vice president of Merrill Lynch in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, he was named one of the Top Five Hedge Fund Managers by Hedgemark Magazine and in 2002, he received the Award from Registered Rep Magazine as one of the Top Five Brokers in the United States.

In 1999, Erik formed Weir Capital Management, LLC, which was named one of the Top 25 fastest growing companies in South Carolina in both 2009 and 2010. Next, he formed WCM Global Wealth, LLC in 2011 as a diversified financial services firm to provide the best client financial products and services possible. Erik is a certified financial planner (CFP), has held various securities licenses, and is a licensed insurance professional.

Erik is also co-manager of WTA Group, LLC, a leader in the marketing, financing, and production of faith-based films. WTA Group has marketed, produced, and developed films with a total of $400M in sales over the past three years and includes well-known titles such as “Courageous,” “War Room,” “Woodlawn,” “God’s Not Dead,” and the forthcoming "Unbroken: Path to Redemption."

In addition, Erik is also involved in the sourcing and development of numerous real estate properties throughout South Carolina and across the U.S., including public storage, retail, commercial, and residential properties. Most recently, WCM Global Wealth has collaborated to redevelop the Greenville News site in downtown Greenville, SC, a development that will transform the downtown landscape. This multi-million dollar re-development, titled Camperdown Square, will encompass an entire city block and will include an upscale hotel, luxury residential condominiums, 225 apartments, two office buildings, retail spaces, and a public plaza.

Helping people think through leadership and stewardship activities as they seek to invest both time and resources is his passion. He holds an earned black belt in the martial art of Tang So Do and has achieved advanced ranks in Kempo and Tae Kwon Do. Erick enjoys aviation and is a licensed private pilot with over 20 years of experience, holding multi-engine license and instrument ratings. He resides in Greenville with his wife Robin and their five sons.