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Bonnie McElveen-Hunter will deliver commencement address

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is founder and CEO of Pace Communications, current chairman of the American Red Cross and former U.S. ambassador to Finland. On Friday, she will be UNCG’s commencement speaker.

Spring commencement takes place Friday, May 4, 2012, 10 a.m., in the Greensboro Coliseum. More than 2,500 students will graduate.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of commencement at UNCG, where excellence in academics as well as the values of character, respect, diversity and individual empowerment co-exist and thrive,” McElveen-Hunter said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to congratulate each and every graduate and am grateful to be a part of their journey on this special day.”

She will receive an honorary doctorate during the ceremony.

Pace Communications is the largest custom publishing company in the nation.

It is ranked by Working Woman Magazine as one of the top 175 women-owned businesses in America, making McElveen-Hunter one of the nation’s most successful women entrepreneurs.

During her term as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, McElveen-Hunter led several initiatives to success, including the Women Business Leaders Summit in Helsinki in 2002 for women from the Baltic Region and Russia. Another successful Summit was held two years later in Riga, Latvia, and a third in 2007 in Amman, Jordan, for women from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and other Middle East nations which continued into Bahrain and Dubai in the fall of 2008.

In 2003, McElveen-Hunter initiated Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia. The program helped Finnish and Russian charities assist children at risk from drugs, crime, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. For her exceptional and outstanding services, the president of Finland awarded her one of Finland’s highest honors — the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion.

President Bush appointed McElveen-Hunter as national chairman of the board of the American Red Cross in 2004 and reappointed her in 2007.

See more details about Spring Commencement at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines