WCU Holds Three Large Commencement Ceremonies

Recognition of graduating students with perfect GPAs, the presentation of an honorary doctorate to an aerospace engineer, and speeches from one of the University of North Carolina System’s top teachers and one of Western Carolina University’s stellar graduate students were among the highlights Friday and Saturday as WCU held a trio of commencement exercises.

Commencement for WCU’s Graduate School was held Friday night, and Saturday included a morning ceremony for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts, followed by an afternoon commencement for the colleges of Business, Health and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Technology.

After grades from final exams are tallied and academic records finalized, WCU’s spring class, including recipients of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, is expected to total more than 1,600 graduates, which would be the largest class in university history.

About 1,500 graduating students were expected to participate in the events at Ramsey Regional Activity Center as their families and friends looked on.