Beyond Academics

2013 Integrative Community Studies commencement

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Eric M Marshburn.

UNCG Integrative Community Studies will hold its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7. The public is invited to attend the event at 9:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Integrative Community Studies (ICS) students attend UNCG through the Beyond Academics program, an inclusive post-secondary education option for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During their four years at the university, ICS students work to earn course credits and meet requirements in the areas of community inclusion, self-determination, and independent living, with a particular focus on developing meaningful career plans.

Graduating students receive ICS certificates from the UNCG Office of Undergraduate Studies. UNCG ICS certification indicates that students are prepared for 21st century jobs and engagement in civic, social, and personal responsibilities that will improve the communities in which they live.

Dr. Patricia Porter will deliver the 2013 UNCG Integrative Community Studies commencement address. Dr. Porter served fourteen years as Chief of the Developmental Disability Services Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Over her tenure, North Carolina experienced the greatest growth in community programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities in the history of the state, far exceeding the national average. Dr. Porter, who has also served as Clinical Director of the Center for Disorders of Development and Learning at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Human Services Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, contact Eric Marshburn, Office of Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary Education, UNCG, at ericmarshburn@uncg.edu or 336.334.3905.

For an in-depth article about the programs, check out the 2011 UNCG Magazine issue.