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.
Dakota Groves was inspired by the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band after seeing their performance in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His devotion to practice and music led him to being less focused on his electrical engineering classes, which ultimately resulted in academic dismissal. But, his story has come full circle. He returned to WCU, changed his major to follow his love of music, and now, he is marching in the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with hopes that he can inspire the future generation of musicians