Western Carolina University will hold a pair of commencement ceremonies Saturday, to honor its fall graduating class and a group of newly minted university alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.
Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Allied Professions, and Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts begins at 10 a.m.
That will be followed by a 3 p.m. ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students from the colleges of Business, Health and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Technology. Both events will take place in the Ramsey Activity and are open to everyone, with no tickets required for admission.
The two commencements will be the first presided over by WCU Chancellor Kelli Brown, who assumed her duties as the university’s chief executive officer July 1.
WCU’s fall class includes about 800 students who currently are working on final academic requirements to receive their degrees and who qualify to participate in the ceremony. A group of 220 WCU graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also are eligible to don caps and gowns for the events.
A graduating student will deliver the primary address at each commencement. Mary Hill Lewis, a distance student who has been majoring in birth-to-kindergarten education, will speak at the morning ceremony while Lindsey “Ellie” McIntosh, a distance student in WCU’s master’s degree program in entrepreneurship, will provide remarks for the afternoon event.
Individuals attending the commencements should enter the Ramsey Center through the upper concourse doors. Those with physical disabilities should use the northeastern upper entrance, adjacent to the stands of E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
For those who cannot attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live at commencement.wcu.edu.
For more information about the two commencements, contact the WCU Registrar’s Office at 227-7216 or email email@example.com.