At Western Carolina University, we know that a university isn't just a place, it's a community. A community that's built from and defined by the people who call Western Carolina home, first as students and then as alumni. Our Alumni Association fosters a lifelong connection to WCU through programs and services so that no matter where you are, you'll always have a home in Cullowhee.
Whether you come home to Cullowhee for Homecoming Week or the Purple and Gold Reunion, or attend a locally hosted event near you, there are many ways to get invovled.Learn More
Our clubs and societies provide unique opportunities to reconnect with alumni in your area, from your program or with your specific interests. Explore all ways you can stay connected.Learn More
We're always looking to connect with alumni and share their story. Showcases Catamounts
in the wild, discover what our alumni are up to from across the region, state, nation
and even around the world.
Former state senator and Western Carolina University alum Tom Apodaca ’80 broke ground with other university and state officials for construction of a new $110.5 million science building. During the ceremony, Apodaca commented that his dream was to attend the future grand opening of the new state-of-the-art facility with his then-infant grandson, River. He also hoped River would one day follow the family tradition of attending WCU and taking classes in the building named in his honor.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, college life as WCU students knew it changed drastically. Here's a look at how they had to adapt to a new way of living and learning.