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.
It's been a wild ride! Take a look back at the past four years on campus as we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021.
As a non-traditional student, Jazz Click found his way to WCU through the L.E.A.R.N.™ program, which invites transfer students focusing on STEM to participate in a research apprenticeship and to join a STEM learning community. One of 20 students, afforded scholarship opportunity to do research, Jazz is now graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.
The Department of Intercultural Affairs developed this graduation celebration as a way to honor students from underrepresented populations and their contributions to the Western Carolina University community. This celebration provides students with a tangible symbol to wear during WCU's graduation and keep with them after graduation as a reminder of their time at WCU and the support that they have available for their future endeavors.
For these graduates, excellence goes beyond the classroom. Explore their perspectives as they reflect back on their time at WCU.
Collaboration leads kindergarten "engineers" to solve a real-world problem. In 2017 when Kimberly Sanders, a two-time Western Carolina University graduate and a South Macon Elementary School kindergarten teacher, wanted to increase the use of STEM activities in her classroom, she found just the help she needed in the College of Education and Applied Professions
Graduate student introduces STEM to her third-grade students. It wasn’t long after Tracy Hewitt began her career as an elementary school teacher that she discovered the lack of teachers who looked forward to utilizing science, math, or any of the other STEM disciplines into their curriculum.
Senior Thomas C. Golden, a member of the spring graduating class, will deliver the primary address for Western Carolina University’s morning undergraduate commencement. He was chosen for that honor by a campus committee through a speaker selection process that was open to all graduating undergraduate students. Outside of class, Golden served as chapter president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a mentor for Project CARE, secretary for the Black Student Union, a founding member of Black CM, which is a student support group for black students in the construction management major, and a member of Order of Omega.
For Lyndan Jones, sharing messages is what she's good at, which is why she's thrived as the Station Manager for WWCU FM. Graduating with a double major in Communications and Spanish is just the start of something much more extensive and by no means limiting her to just that.
Dawson Spencer, a Hickory native, can look back during commencement knowing that one moment gave him a look forward. Spencer is scheduled to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in political science and criminal justice. Following graduation, he will continue his educational journey at WCU, seeking a master’s degree in public affairs.