The Fall Class of 2021 graduates are teachers, nurses, scientists, artists and innovators in their own right. They leave Cullowhee changed, 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.
All ceremonies will be available via livestream on Western Carolina University's Youtube channel and on this page. Livestreams will start 30 minutes prior to the ceremony for a pre-show
highlighting students and their time at WCU. Livestream videos will be switched out
on this page once each ceremony is complete.
View the full playlist of ceremonies on youtube
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.
To call Hilda 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. Not many can say they were kidnapped and subjected to the corruption of their country, but later go on to co-write the autobiography of Mexican President Vicente Fox with their husband.
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.
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.