Spring Commencement 2013
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Younts Stadium, Athletic Complex, NGU Campus, 7801 N. Tigerville Rd, Tigerville SC 29688
Arrival & Parking
Be aware of event signage as you arrive on campus. Campus Security personnel will direct you to parking areas. If you or any member of your party requires special assistance or transportation from parking areas to the chapel, please alert a security officer when you arrive.
Dr. Thomas E. Barton
He is the longest serving president of a two-year college in the nation, graduated from Clemson University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his Ed.D. in higher education administration from Duke University in 1972. After serving in the public schools of South Carolina and Georgia as teacher, coach, and school superintendent for nine years, he began his 47-year tenure as president of Greenville Technical College in 1962. The college, which began with one building serving 800 students, is a four-campus system today, offering university transfer and technical programs to approximately 57,000 students annually (including 13,000 curriculum students).
Barton was named to the “Blue Chipper’s List” of the top 50 chief executive officers in community colleges by the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and received the Thomas J. Peters Award for Leadership Excellence in the Community College in 1989. He received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Greenville Urban League in 1994. Named Business Person of the Year by Greenville Magazine in 1995, Barton has been chosen as one of the 50 most influential residents of Greenville by the publication every year since 1997. He was also named one of the top 25 leaders in the community by The Greenville News in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Winthrop University in 2002, an honorary doctorate of humane letters from University of South Carolina, and an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Clemson University in 2005. In January 2003, he received the state’s highest award for a civilian, the Order of the Palmetto, and was presented the Order of the Poinsettia by Mayor Knox White and named the #1 Citizen of Greenville.
Active in community affairs, Barton has served on the governing boards of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Textile Hall Corporation, the Historic Greenville Foundation, BB&T, and the YMCA. He was a commissioner for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has chaired the board of directors of the Donaldson Air Force Base Museum and the South Carolina Technical College Presidents’ Council. He has served on the Executive Committee for Friends of the Greenville Hospital System, on the Governor’s Task Force on Education in South Carolina, and as honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Team Walk for Greenville. In addition, he was an active member of the Greenville Rotary Club.
Barton played football at Clemson University under legendary coach Frank Howard. In 1987, he was honored for his athletic achievements by being elected to both the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Jean, have four children. Three daughters: Dawn Brown, Ann Davenport, and Melita Graham and a son, Mike Barton. They have four grandchildren and one great grandson.
For our friends who can't attend, but who would like to watch the service, our media team will be live streaming the event.
NGU / Commemorative Merchandise
The Campus bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests and families of our graduates can find NGU merchandise such as auto decals, pennants, flags, clothing, alumni items, and other souvenirs.
Our newest alumni may also wish to purchase class rings if they have not already done so. These may be ordered via the bookstore.
NGU partners with Churchill Classics, who manufactures premium degree frames complete with the NGU crest, or with the crest and a photograph of the landmark front entrance fountain. Visit the NGU Merchandise page on our site, or the Churchill Classics NGU Online Shop.