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The Spring Class of 2022, the first NC Promise graduating class, leave Cullowhee as one of the most resilient classes in WCU history. They overcame a pandemic that forced a switch to online classes from home, before returning to campus for hybrid instruction, followed by a return to normalcy. Now they are prepared to take that resiliency into the workplace as proud Catamounts.

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Marketing graduate triumphs through tragedy

Monica Green, from Clyde, has been a Zumba instructor, personal trainer and soon she will be an alumna of WCU. This December, Green will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in marketing as a first-generation college student.   

Luis Hemmer

International student’s dream of getting master’s degree abroad ends with MBA

Luís Paulo Hemmer, an international student from Santa Catarina, Brazil, decided to pursue his master’s abroad, which seemed like a leap of faith to some, but he wanted to prove that his vision could be reality.   

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Faced with unbelievable adversity, WCU graduate takes the high(er) education road

For Bryson City native Amanda Anderson, a WCU student graduating Dec. 17 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and law, this day could not come soon enough.  

Matthew Tuten and Nathan Travis

Two WCU Students Offered Chance to Present Research on National Level

Western Carolina University students Matthew Tuten and Nathan Travis have a lot in common. Both are 22-year-old friends, graduating seniors and agree that their undergraduate experience at WCU has adequately prepared them for life beyond college.   

Chris Seay

Chris Seay carries on a family tradition

While not exactly a family secret, Chris Seay wasn’t aware that his grandparents had attended Western Carolina Teachers College, graduating together in 1952.  

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James Pointer II

If you meet Western Carolina University senior James Pointer II, the first thing you will experience is his warm, huge smile. He doesn’t meet a stranger.   

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From leading a classroom to leading a school

Maggie King knows the power of education. She’s gone from being the first in her family to graduate high school and college to becoming a teacher and, hopefully soon, an assistant principal.  

Lynda Farren

Lynda Farren proves you’re never too old to get a degree

Lynda Farren has been a successful entrepreneur her entire life, the last 20 or so years as owner of Farren Property Management in Hayesville. So why would the successful business owner return to college at Western Carolina University to complete her bachelor’s degree in innovation leadership and entrepreneurship?   


A non-traditional road to a WCU degree

To call Hilda Rico Tipton a non-traditional student would be an understatement. There aren’t many college students who can say they grew up in Mexico in a culture where women weren’t encouraged to study and become professionals.   

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