UNC Charlotte alumnus and former trustee Gene Johnson received an honorary Doctor of Public Services degree Friday afternoon during the first of three commencement exercises this weekend for the school.
With more than 3,600 students in bachelors, masters and doctorate programs applying for graduation, UNCC expanded from two to three commencement ceremonies this year.
Johnson was an executive in several communications companies and has supported a number of programs at UNCC. He served eight years on the board of trustees and was a financial supporter of the Barnhardt Student Activity Center, the Johnson Endowment for Teaching and is leading the effort to form a marching band at the school.
Receiving diplomas Friday were graduates in the Belk College of Business, College of computing and Informatics, College of Health and Human Services, and the Graduate School.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, commencement is scheduled for graduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. The 3 p.m. commencement exercise is for graduates in the College of Arts + Architecture, College of Education, William States Lee College of Engineering and Graduate School.