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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.

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.  

James Pointer

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.   

maggie king

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.   

Kaylee Eberhardt

Soon-to-be criminal justice graduate helps local ESL community navigate legal avenues

During an internship with a local legal office this semester, Kaylee Eberhardt, a senior at Western Carolina University, often found herself using Spanish speaking skills to help clients overcome language barriers while navigating paperwork and various bureaucratic proceedings  

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Thank You - Letters from Students

In addition to our students' determination and hard work, it took a strong community to help them reach this moment. Faculty, staff, friends, family, and mentors provided support in their educational endeavors and personal lives. As the WCU Class of 2021 prepares to close this chapter of their undergraduate experience, a few took a moment to share their appreciation and thanks to those who have helped them along the way.  

Kelley Stancil

Kelley Stancil

Connecting with people is what resides at the core of theatre for Kelley Stancil, who graduates with a degree in Musical Theatre from the School of Stage and Screen. What she believes this last year has taught her and her classmates is resilience.  

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