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Commencement

The Class of 2020 graduates experienced an unparalleled year. They welcomed a new chancellor, celebrated Southern Conference victories, pushed the boundaries of what we know to be possible, all while completing their studies in the midst of a global pandemic, COVID-19.

They are innovators of technology, leaders of the next generation, creatives igniting their talents to inspire the world and changemakers in their own right. And although their final semester on campus was cut short, they continued to show their true Catamount spirit by serving their community.

These graduates will undoubtedly leave Cullowhee changed, forging their path in these extraordinary times with their dreams ahead of them and the knowledge that they, in turn, can change the world. For these graduates this isn't the end, it's only the beginning.

Graduate Profiles

Cherokee Center Graduation Celebration


A long tradition of celebrating members of graduating classes with ties to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Intercultural Affairs Graduation Celebration


As a way to honor students from underrepresented populations and their contributions to the WCU community.

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1736
Total graduates*
1347
Undergraduate students
346
Graduate students
43
Doctoral graduates
509
first-generation graduates
569
received scholarships

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