Graduation specialist Paula Greene estimates she has attended at least 100 UNCW commencement ceremonies in her nearly 34-year career. It's pretty safe to say that those ceremonies wouldn't happen without her.
Greene started working in the Registrar’s Office in 1980 as the front counter liaison. As staffing needs increased, she progressed to the position of graduation specialist. She is responsible for processing undergraduate student files to confirm they've satisfied requirements for graduation and determining which are eligible for distinctions. She also creates the name file for the printing of the commencement program and name cards for ceremonies and submits the report to the vendor for printing and mailing of the diplomas. In addition, she processes substitution/waiver forms and assists departments with any issues that may arise concerning any graduation applicants.
Greene enjoys interacting with faculty, staff and students and has been recognized with a Seahawk Kudos award for her exceptional service skills. Sometimes others don't meet the deadlines necessary for her to complete her work, but knowing that the show must go on, she's learned "to make the best of the situation and manage to complete the task at hand....it's challenging but at the same time very rewarding."
Away from work Greene enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters and sons-in-law, her church family and music ministry. "Singing, traveling, sewing, knitting, crocheting and computer gaming are just a few relaxing/fun things for me," she says. "However, my greatest joy above all is spending time with my granddaughter Alex."