Chancellor - kELLI r. bROWN
Kelli R. Brown, Chancellor
Dear Western Carolina University Graduate,
The Intercultural Affairs Graduation Celebration is a biannual event designed to recognize
the diverse backgrounds of our university's student body. Today, even though we are
physically apart, we are coming together thanks to the wonders of technology to celebrate
the accomplishments of Western Carolina University students who are from underrepresented
populations and who have made a positive impact on our campus community.
Whether you are black or white, Asian or Latino, Native American or multi-racial,
you are an important member of the Western Carolina University family. Whether you
are gay, straight, or transgender, you are valued at our university. It doesn't matter
if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist, and it doesn't matter if
you are liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between – we all are Catamounts!
I am proud of the work that ICA does to help foster a campus environment where all
students – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and ideology
– can feel not just welcomed (although being welcomed is very important), but can
feel valued and respected. This is an important part of a university education – learning
how to celebrate our differences while also recognizing that we have so much more
in common than we have things that divide us.
The students we honor through this celebration are vital to this mission. Although
this is not the sendoff that we expected at the beginning of this journey, there is
no denying that each one of the students we recognize today has left an indelible
mark on our university family.
Congratulations on your accomplishments here at Western Carolina University. Please
do not remain a stranger after your graduation. Please stay engaged and involved with
your university by being a mentor or role model to our future students. I look forward
to hearing about your future endeavors in our increasingly diverse and interconnected
Kelli R. Brown, Chancellor
vice chancellor for student affairs - h. sAM mILLER
Sam Miller, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
To All ICA Graduation Program Student Honorees – Congratulations!!
On behalf of all my colleagues in the WCU Student Affairs Division, I want to congratulate
each of you for earning your degree!
The ICA Graduation Program is a joyous occasion where we celebrate the graduates and
their success. While I’m disappointed we couldn’t assemble together this year, I’m
hopeful that you’ll take some time and reflect on this important moment in your life
and feel a sense of accomplishment. With your degree in hand and your college experiences
in your heart, you are well prepared to leave WCU and go make a difference in the
world! My sincere wish for each of you is that the next chapter of your life surpasses
all your hopes and dreams. Well Done Graduates!
H. Sam Miller, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Vice Provost for Academic affairs - CAROL BURTON
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Dear Graduating Students, soon-to-be Alumni:
It is my honor to have an opportunity to offer congratulations on your milestone of
completing a degree from Western Carolina University and to wish you the very best
in your next chapter. While this leg of your personal and professional journey is
ending, a whole new world, wherever that may be, awaits you and we are excited to
hear about your imprint on it!
For many of us who have chosen higher education as our raison d’etre (reason for being)
or métier (life’s work), there is no greater reward than helping students to realize
their dreams and desires; YOU are the reason we do what we do and speaking personally,
I learn far more from you, our students, than from any other source of learning. You
have inspired me with your passion, humbled me with your grace, and challenged me
with your agency. My greatest reward is to see you succeed in your goals and make
a difference in our world.
I am sorry that world events have prevented us from celebrating in person right now.
I hope each one of you knows that I am with you in heart and spirit and encourage
you to make WCU your second home; visit us often, and don’t forget your alma mater
(your “adopted mother”).
Congratulations and best wishes, always!
Carol Burton, Ed. D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
’87 and ’89 WCU Alumna
assistant vice chancellor for student affairs - KELLIE MONTEITH
Kellie Monteith, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
My Congratulations to each and every one of you! May the friendships and memories of your time at Western
Carolina University follow you wherever your journey takes you.
I hope you find the quote below as meaningful as I do:
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.
The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey –
and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.
This is the day your life really begins.”
Best Wishes for much Happiness!
Kellie Angelo Monteith
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS - JANE ADAMS-DUNFORD
interim dean of students - BASHAUN SMITH
Bashaun Smith, Interim Dean of Students
The time that you spent at Western Carolina University (WCU) will be one of the most
memorable events in your life. Although the semester ended in a way that none of us
could have expected, you still have your memories. Remember meeting the Intercultural
Affairs staff for the first time, remember meeting your now best friend for the first
time, and remember your path to graduation. You have earned this moment, and COVID-19
cannot take that away from you. Celebrate all your accomplishments at WCU and be excited
about your future. We thank you for choosing WCU many years ago and we look forward
to you coming back soon.
Dear Spring 2020 Graduates:
How I long to congratulate you with a close-up smile and hug, a handshake, a side
press (arm around your shoulder). These celebratory greetings are for you: you earned
them! And for me: they sustain me. How impressed I am by your accomplishments: success
in the classroom, leadership support for organizations, nurtured friendships, encouragement
for each other and your mentors. You are so ready to make your dreams real and your
contributions count. At graduation, it is time for me to wish you well and happy...and
watch you leave the familiar places where we have interacted. This is necessary and
right, and the time has come. I look forward to hearing about your adventures. This
is a new, changed world in which you embark; you are new, changed people ready to
shape it. Do so boldly and brilliantly. I watched "Self Made" on Netflix this month
and I thought a quote from Madam C.J. Walker was in order, “I want you to understand
that your first duty is to humanity. I want others to look at us and see that we care
not just about ourselves but about others.”
All My Best,
Amy McKenzie, ICA Advosory Board Chair
You have been an inspiration to others during your time and involvement at WCU. Your
hard work and dedication to your goals will help you succeed in your future and this
is the first step in a lifetime of success. Graduation from a university opens doors
to you and allows you the opportunity to be creative in your future and you should
wear this accomplishment with pride. Know that you have a team of Western Carolina
University community members who stand behind you and wish you the best.
Theresa Cruz Paul, Director
Center for Career and Professional Development
Congratulations ICA grads! We want to commend you for everything that you’ve contributed
to our campus and community during your time at WCU. From your involvement in programs
like the Tunnel of Oppression, Safe Zone, and the MLK Unity March, to leadership in
the SL-SLC Conference, to mentoring your fellow students in Project CARE, you make
Western a better place for all of us. It’s amazing to see the impact that students
can have on shaping our discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
We wish that we could congratulate you in person, but since we can’t, please know
that we appreciate all of you, and that we can’t wait to see the impact you make on
the world after graduation!
The Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
Dear ICA graduates –
The staff of the Mountain Heritage Center sends love, congratulations, and our very
best wishes to you! Over the past year, we have enjoyed spending time in the ICA
office helping with exhibits and window displays commemorating the dedication of Levern
Hamlin Allen Hall, Native American month, and encouraging culturally sensitive holiday
celebrations. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to interact with you, and we are
proud of your WCU achievements and excited about your future potential as you move
into the next phase of your lives.
Pam Meister, Peter Koch, Loran Berg & Lois Stiles
Jess, Lila, Mike, and Victoria,
Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment! Completing a graduate level degree
is no easy task – doing so while balancing personal lives and a role like Graduate
Community Coordinator is a feat! We are proud of how far you all have come in the
two years you’ve been with us – and you should be very proud of yourselves. Your hard
work has been appreciated, your suggestions and great ideas have been helpful and
insightful, and the opportunity you have given our team to see you develop has been
an honor. We wish you all the best and hope you’ll stay in touch – Western Carolina
University & Residential Living will always be here for you and we cannot wait to
see what the future holds for each of you.
With Catamount Pride,
Alex, Annaleise, and Laura
song selection from the inspirational gospel chior
By Kym Erickson
You're the driver of your destiny,
Passenger of none,
In control and looking forward
Of things that must be done.
You're the captain of your ship,
Plans to help you get there
And freedom to bring you home.
You're the pilot of your airplane;
Fly as high as you can.
Life is what you make it,
So follow your plan.
Hopes and dreams not yet reached,
Motivation on display.
A journey full of ups and downs,
Experience gained each day.
Direction is always forward;
Backwards remains the same.
Discover your authentic self,
And have a willingness to change.
Enhance each quality given.
Develop talents you were blessed.
Transform your heart into one of gold,
And believe in more than yourself.
Mistakes are made; we move on.
We get back on our feet.
I'm here to support you always
Should you ever need me.
For every start there is a finish.
For every beginning there is an end.
Hold onto your accomplishments,
And even tighter to your friends.
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CONGRATULATIONS to all of the graduates, and to those of you who have helped them
reach this milestone. Special THANK YOU to:
ICA Advisory Board
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Forensic Anthropology major with a minor in Biology
My name is Cayden and I'm an Engineering Technology student. I aspire to be a R&D
engineer who gets to design the next big thing somewhere within the biomedical field.
I don't think I would have made it to this point without my friends. They've helped
me through some of the toughest times I've had. I'm super grateful for them
My name is Crystal Alonzo and I am a social work major and I am a first generation
student. As a Latina, I strived to be successful in my education, because my parents
sacrificed so much for me to be able to have this opportunity. I am graduating with
a 3.5 GPA and have been on the Dean's List and Chancellor's List several semesters.
My goal after I graduate is to be a forensic interviewer for a children's advocacy
center. I would eventually like to go and get my Masters in Social Work so that I
can be a therapist. First I would like to thank God because without Him I couldn't
have done any of this. Also, I would like to thank my mom and dad for always encouraging
me and giving me all the support in the world. Also, my sisters Maria, Gabby, Ruth
and my brother Chuy for always believing in me.
I will be obtaining my Bachelors of Science in Political Science with the goals of
starting my own non-profit organizations, and serving in my local city government
to help solve problems within minority communities. I would like to thank the entire
ICA office, from everyone before me to currently has shaped me into the person I am,
and will continue to mold and change anyone who accepts them with open arms. (Also,
Class of 2020 is the realest to ever do it.)
Inclusive Development Entrepreneurship 2018-2019 Homecoming Court Member 2017-2018
Chapter Officer of the Year Director of C.O.R.E Incoming WCU Full-time employee
Double Major in Marketing & Sport Management I’ve been an undergraduate marketing
assistant for 3&1/2 yrs at WCU’s athletic department. I’ve completed a social media/
digital marketing internship at Fayetteville State University. An opportunity to work
for the Miami Heat. I’ve been a governor’s page. A Brother of the Nu Zeta Chapter
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Spr.18’) My dream is to believe that whatever
I want is attainable. It ain’t like life come often. Only thing worse than death is
a regret filled coffin. You have to try before you die or always wonder what if, and
thank the lord for this beautiful gift. -J. Cole Thanks Dean & Dr. P for all you do
for ICA and an amazing trip last year. Thanks to my momma. You kept me in check and
uplifted me. Challenged me and loved me. Thank you for every single thing you’ve done
for me. I love you Mrs. Tacquice. NZ I love y’all.Janina & Brian ILY. ICA fam thank
you for the memories and mentees, ILY4L. Be safe! -Trey Strongz
Masters degree for Special Education: Severe and Profound. I plan to become a special
needs teacher in the Buncombe County area. I would like to thank all of my professors
and advisors for helping me get through grad school. I also would like to thank my
family and my friends for being the best support system through all of the ups and
My name is Caitlin Bailey I am a 2012 Graduate of The University of North Carolina
at Greensboro with a bachelors in Business Admin. I conquered this dream of completing
my Masters of Entrepreneurship alongside my wonderful Husband Jarrett. We thank God,
our supportive parents, and family. To our 3 year old daughter Joey, we love you and
can not wait to welcome your brother this summer and launch our business.
My degree will be my greatest tool to reach a career where I will be valued as a thinker.
I would like to thank my mother for reminding me everyday that hardwork pays off.
This is for you above all else mom.
I am a computer science major with a math minor. It has been a wild road to get to
this point and I have accomplished many things along the way. My proudest accomplishments
at WCU include getting into the Chancellor's List, getting the Intermediate Computer
Science Award, and being a student ambassador. My goals for the future are to go into
the workforce after graduation and afterward getting my master's in computer science.
I would like to thank the computer science department who has helped me throughout
my time here at Western Carolina, LASO for making me feel at home so far from home
and to my friends that without their encouragement I would have never made it through
this journey. Last but not least, my family for supporting me in every step of the
way and always believing in me. Thank you!
My name is Rebecca Bolick. I am a mother to three wonderful boys who are my world.
I am majoring in Birth to Kindergarten and once I complete this degree I would like
to further my education and get a masters in Psychology. I have worked in education
as a Pre-k teacher for 12 years before joining the EC team in the public school system.
I absolutely love working with kids and having the ability to watch them learn and
accomplish new skills. I want to thank my parents Royce and Robert Bolick for always
having my back and pushing me to continue my education to better myself in my profession.
I would also like to thank my boyfriend Thomas who has been so supportive and encouraging
of me going back to school. I want to thank my boys Waylon, Chandler and Bryson who
are always willing to give a helping hand and understanding when I would have the
long nights of school work. I love you all and would not have been able to do this
if it was not for your love and support.
I am a native of Charlotte, NC and completed my undergrad at Winston-Salem State University
in 2018. I will be graduating with my Masters of Education from the Higher Education
and Student Affairs (HESA) program. While at WCU I served as a GCC for residential
living for two years, co-advised BSU, and had the wonderful opportunity to advise
NPHC for the 2019-2020 academic year. I aspire to continue working in both residential
living and greek life, while advocating for students of color. The reason I am in
Student Affairs is because I aspire to serve as a positive resource and a beacon of
light for students who may not see themselves reflected in faces of other faculty
and staff . I want to thank the GSED office for allowing me to work with the BEST
group of students I have ever met and establish my family at WCU. I want to thank
NPHC for allowing me to learn alongside them, as well as helping me affirm my passion.
Because of them my goal is to one day become a Dean of Students.
KATIE CARIC WITH PAWS
I would like to thank both my parents and my sister for supporting me and my goals
of being a forensic scientist. Thank you for always making sure I had the best resources
to reach my goals, and for loving me through all the ups and downs of my life so far.
I would also like to thank all my close friends and family for supporting me throughout
my collegiate career.
I am a Psychology major, and want to thank the psychology department teachers. A huge
shout out to Dr. Gordon!
WHITNEY B. COLLINS
To my professors Erin Tapley and Richard Tichich, I am eternally grateful. “One need
only read the signs”
Double Major, Stage and Screen and another in Art. I'm happy to have been apart of
Pride of the Mountains marching band, Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, and the Honors college.
I cant wait to share my creativity and imagination to those around me in the world.
Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me.
I am a psych major, of course I have more to go but I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
I’d like to help out with the opioid epidemic eventually by becoming a substance abuse
therapist. My family has played a substantial role, but my friends my chosen family
have played the biggest. I’m forever thankful for their support.
Major: criminal justice Minor: psychology I’m graduating college and is a huge accomplishment.
Dreams are to work in homicide eventually. And I would like to thank my lovely family
but mostly my mother for building me up and helping me get to this point. I couldn’t
have done it without her! Much love <3
I'm a Forensic Anthropology major and a Cherokee Studies minor.
My biggest accomplishments are graduating college, marching world class performance
ensembles like Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and Equinox Percussion, and
making my family proud. I love my mom, grandma, and papa. They're the reason I made
it this far in life, and the success couldn't have come with it without their constant
support and love!
My name is Ashley Faulkner, I major in Political Science, minor in International Studies,
and have a concentration in Peace, Violence, and Security. Some of my accomplishments
are studying abroad in Finland, getting work work with the UN for Women and Tesla
while I was abroad, maintain staying on the Chancellors list, and making tons of international
friends. My goal/dream after graduating is to get a job overseas working with an INGO
dealing with my concentration and hoping to make a difference somewhere in the world.
I hope I can make this goal/dream a reality. As for the people I want to thank, I
want to thank all my professors for helping me along the way, my family, and my friends.
Without any of them, I don’t know if I would have made it through college.
My major is Criminology with a minor in creative writing. I was certified with stop
the bleed of November of 2019 and volunteer for the Western Carolina University Tunnel
of Oppression. My goal is to become a crime scene investigator or assist in Victim
advocacy. I would like to thank my friends, family, and teacher that helped me grow
as a person and to give me the strength to move forward, no matter how hard it got.
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Benito Garcia Garcia
I am the American Dream. My parents came from a country where education is a privilege
and not a right. They have worked hard to give me and my siblings a better future,
a future that can be attained through the power of education. I am the first person
in my family to graduate from college. It’s an honor to represent them and it’s an
honor to push forward. I am proud of being Latinx and a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
I hope one day I can give back to the people and the communities that raised me, fought
for me, and stood by me. I want to thank my mom and dad (Catalina and Juan), my brother
and sister (Antonio and Marisol), my best friends (Cole and Dexter), all the people
that have rooted for me, all the wonderful teachers and professors that have all taught
me different skills, and to the people who didn’t think it was possible - dreams are
attainable through hard work and dedication. And like Shakira once said “walking gets
too boring when you learn how to fly...”
I’m majoring in Recreational Therapy. I hope to one day work in behavioral health,
with developmental disabilities, or in a cancer center. All over the place. I hope
to one day come back and be a professor. I’d like to thank my family, especially my
parents for always pushing me and demonstrating to me how to serve others.
I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support throughout this
program. As an HR professional with five years experience, I know this program will
catapult my career even further.
I am graduating summa cum laude with a double major in hospitality and tourism and
businesses management with a minor in finance. I had the opportunity of studying abroad
in Aruba in Spring 2018. I was the president of the Event Management Club and member
of Delta Zeta sorority. After graduation I aspire to be a corporate event coordinator.
Graduating with a MSW degree. I hope to use my degree to give back to my community
and my people in order to create stronger future generations.
I am from Gaffney, SC and I majored in CIS at WCU. Hopefully in the future I will
own a couple businesses and make a name for myself! I would like to travel the world
and go to places I've only seen on TV.
English Major with a Concentration in Film Studies; Art Minor
Hey, my name is Anna and I'm a student from Germany. I am an Anthropology major with
a concentration in forensic and minor in Biology. After being part of this program
I am glad to say that I have made lots of good memories and accomplished more than
I ever dreamed of in this place. I have made many good friends and connections I will
never forget including classmates, coworkers, teachers, and friends from all across
the world. I was involved in extracurricular activities like sports but also volunteered
for the Anthropology department. In October I will start a Master of Science degree
in England and hope I will succeed there as well. My goal is to be able to come back
to the US one day and work here as a forensic Anthropologist. Thank you to all my
family and friends who have made this experience possible and this unique and memorable
but also to the faculty who has taught me so much and has given me more than amazing
possibilities for the future.
Master of Social Work, my major accomplishment was to complete my Master program while
raising a 5 year old and giving birth to my now 8 months old son, I hope to shorten
the gap of culturally responsive resources for the Latino Community in WNC. I will
thank my husband for the support , dedication to our family and sacrifices while I
completed my Masters and my sons for allowing me to grow professionally and sacrifice
meaningful moments with their mom
My major is social work. My dreams and goals are to help communities in need, whether
it is helping children get in school and stay in school; or helping underprivileged
families find the resources they need to survive. I try to be an advocate for those
who may be overlooked in society. I am the first in my family to go to, and complete,
college. I would like to thank my wonderful family, friends and professors for encouraging
me to never give up and to do my best. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.
I will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in English-Professional Writing, with
a double minor in Dance & Film Studies. While at WCU, I have had a tremendous time
being a leader on campus. Serving on Executive Boards with Student Government Association,
Black Student Union, Queens of WCU, Inspirational Gospel Choir and the Pi Gamma Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has allowed me to gain forever friends and learn
with AMAZING individuals. My work with the Western Carolinian, The Mountaineer and
Storytellers Dance Co. has allowed me to develop a deeper passion for creating. Being
a part of so many campus communities has brought immense fulfillment to my collegiate
journey and homes to come back to. I would like to thank my tribe; family, friends,
sisters, advisors and mentors. Though my chapter at Western is coming to a end, my
story is far from over. My dreams and aspirations are always evolving, so stay tuned
to see what’s next!
Major: Psychology Minor: Coaching Accomplishments: Being apart of WCU Women's Basketball
Team, Being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Inc., Member of Project Care Dreams/goals:
Being a collegiate basketball coach Thanks: I would like to give thanks to my mother
for always pushing me to be the best person I could be growing up.
My majors are Sociology and English Literature, and in the fall of 2020, I will begin
my Ph.D. in Sociology as Virginia Tech. While at WCU, I have fought for the destigmatization
of menstruation through the creation of the RSO PERIOD@WCU. I am a leader in beginning
the menstrual products pilot program, and I started the REDDOT program to create safe
places for menstruators to go to for any help, conversation, and products. I presented
a study of Daisy Buchanan and bi-polar disorder at NCUR 2019, along with many presentations
at conferences on campus. Other projects of mine include the Humans of WCU project,
an independent study titled Lily-White: Valley of the Lilies and WCU’s Intertwined
History with the EBCI, and research for the pilot program. Most of this couldn't have
happened without the support of the Sociology dept, in particular, Dr. Mwaniki. In
my career, I plan on continuing my research on the marginalization of minority groups
by university systems.
Masters in Nursing Education, Tier 1 Engagement score 3 years in a row, Daisy award
in nursing, Hopefully become a leader in the nursing education field, would love to
open a charity for inner city at risk youth, I want to thank my husband, Jay and my
best friend, Edna for always supporting my goals and my daughter for being my motivation.
Thank you to all my family and friends for always encouraging me to do my best and
to never give up!
HR manager with a desire to help people and grown professional relationships in the
workplace. I have to thank my husband for the support throughout my journey to finish
I am originally from L.A. and moved to North Carolina the summer of 2015. Here at
WCU, I major in Business Administration and Law, which I have almost completed. I
am proud to share that I am 20 and will be finished with my bachelor’s degree quite
soon!! When it comes to my academic career, I always (try) to settle for As and nothing
less. I am a semi-retired model and actor. I have acted and modeled since the age
of 5 and may continue modeling in the future, but not so much acting. I am also artistic,
and I love to draw people. I have decent experience with mediums such as plain (or
colored) pencils and paints. I specialize and prefer pencils because I feel that they
are easiest to manipulate. I love to meet new people, travel new places, eat new foods,
reading, and working out at the gym.
Natural Resource Management, Eagle Scout. Dreams of making others smile and enjoy
the little things around them. Thank you Mom and Dad for everything you two have done
to get me where I am today. I would not be who I am today if it was not for your guidance
I am a legacy student majoring in psychology and sociology. I plan to attend graduate
school at Western and get my Masters in Counseling. I want to help as many people
as I can with a primary focus on the African American community. I have been heavily
involved in my Western community by being in organizations including Inspirational
Gospel Choir (Director), Sociology club (President), Black Student Union (Secretary),
ICA Council and helping with other events. I have worked in the admissions office,
as an Orientation counselor and a Psychology Ambassador. I is also apart of honors
societies Psi Chi (Psychology), Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology) and Order of Omega (Greek
honors). I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and served as the Chaplin.
I would like to thank God, my parents and friends for always supporting me and helping
me become the best I can be. I am excited for the future with Philippians 4:13 in
mind. GO CATS!
MSHR WCU Spring 2020 Goal of consulting personally and with businesses during my twilight
career. Dedicated to my mom: Shirley McCloud O’neal. RIH October 2013
Biology with a Pre-Med concentration, Minor in Business Admin. Project Care Mentor,
Founder & President of the Organization Of African Students, Member of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority Inc. and Participated in the Diversity Dialogue of “Women in Leadership”.
Goals: Get admitted into PA school at MEHARRY or Campbell University and continue
to work and volunteer at the hospital I work in. Continue to make connections. I would
love to Thank Intercultural Affairs for all their love and support! This was my first
family at Western and it will continue to be! Big shout out to Tacquice, Holli, Dr.
Patterson and Karin! Love you guys so much! And I appreciate you.
I am a half Filipino, first generation nursing major in the honors college. I am on
the dean's and Chancellor's list. My goal is to become a certified registered nurse
anesthetist in the future. I would like to thank my fiancé for sticking by my side
and constantly supporting me throughout this journey.
I’m an Interior Design major now applying to grad schools for Higher Education Student
Affairs. I am a first-gen student who will now be getting a degree! I hope that in
the future I am able to support students who live on campuses. I would like to thank
Brian Boyer for always being a supportive campus dad to me and always pushing me to
do my best! I would also like to thank all the Residential living Pro. Staff for their
support and guidance through my past two years as a Residential Assistant and I know
they will be there to support me as I follow my dream to support and work with students
like they have. Thank you fellow Catamounts for always Leading the way and supporting
each other as best as possible! Go CATS!!!!!
Hello, My name is Kavin Pryor and I am a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Psychology.
After I graduate my plan is to work in event planning for a year or so, then I will
go to graduate school for Higher Education Student Affairs where I will then be a
graduate assistant for the universities campus activities board, from there I would
like to work my way up to eventually overseeing the university. I would like to give
special thanks to Stephanie Sue Rowell, Johanna Mercado, and Brandon Lokey, and most
and foremost GOD!
I’m a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning. Im a first generation college
student and my goal is to help lower income families so that I could hopefully ease
the financial burden that a lot of them face. And I’d like to thank my mom because
I really wouldn’t have been able to do this without her.
I have been a psychology major with a communications minor. My dream is to be able
to work with African American communities and bring more awareness to the importance
of mental health care. My time at western was made better by surrounding myself with
influential, caring, and loving people. I’m grateful for my sisters from the Kappa
Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. , Alyssa Westberry, and Malik Williams.
I’m thankful for all of the staff who have helped me reach my full potential as well.
I’m ready for the future, goodbye Western!
Major: Business Management Accomplishments: Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated,
Member of Western Carolina Men’s Basketball Goals/Dreams: To be extremely wealthy
and provide for my family Thank: I would like to thank my parents for helping me get
this far in life, professors for pushing me to do the very best and friends for being
there for support and sharing memories for four years.
Hello I'm Kendra, a 41 year old mom to a 10 year old little girl. I am a 21 year member
of the Military (both Active Army and Active National Guard). I am graduating the
Early Childhood Education program this year! I want to become a Kindergarten teacher!
I would like to thank my daughter for enduring evenings and weekends with her mama
doing homework and I want to thank Western Carolina for providing a program that fits
my demanding job and lifestyle!
Chemistry major I have been the president of Delta Sigma Phi, presented at conferences
around the nation, held positions in key areas around campus including Chancellor's
Ambassadors, Student Government. It has been my mission for the last 4 years to come
to this day and become an alumni of a great university such as WCU. My goal has been
achieved. I am now onto new horizons with a job and a great support system waiting
for me post-graduation.
My name is Jose F. Saavedra and I am a young professional in the aviation industry.
I enrolled in the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Leadership to broaden
my skills and enhance my career prospects. Everything I am is owed to Doña Silvia,
my mother. She thought me at an early age that education is the key to a brighter
future. She was right, as always. Her work ethic and lifelong commitment to learning
have guided me every step of the way. I walk away from WCU with a lot more than an
education. This experience has allowed me to grow as a person in more ways than I
can explain within this paragraph. The biggest lesson I have learned is that life
is too short to doubt yourself. Reach for the stars and if you fail just get up and
I am a senior Criminal Justice major from Raleigh, NC. During my time at western,
I have served as a Resident Assistant, the Director of Internal Operations for SGA,
and the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. I will be pursuing my masters
in Higher Education upon graduation, with the hopes of being a higher ed attorney.
I would like to thank all those that have supported me during my time at WCU, especially
all of the ICA Staff, Res Life staff, Colin Croat, Savannah Matherly, and Tacquice
Davis. I wish everyone the best!!
I currently major in Film and Television Production. I aspire to be a Director of
Photography in film, ultimately winning an Oscar. I was fortunate enough to have an
amazing experience at Western Carolina before I moved to Atlanta. Unfortunately, our
senior year was cut short, but I do not take for granted a single second of being
on campus and meeting some wonderful people. The people that I have met had a major
impact on my experience here at WCU. They supported, encouraged, and made me feel
loved. I truly made a second family here and I thank God for that every day. I would
first like to thank my Mom and Dad for supporting my dreams with complete love and
support. Secondly, I would like to thank my friends for making my experience and always
making my time here wonderful and keeping me sane when times got overwhelming. And
lastly, I would like to thank the faculty who taught me how to be a filmmaker and
challenged me because they saw my potential. Thank you all for my experience.
I am a Graphic Design major and the first in my family to graduate from college. I
started off my college life unsure but optimistic. I have managed to do several life
changing things while attending WCU. I worked briefly as a radio show host, I was
the proud illustrator for The Gadfly (a satire magazine on campus), I even work as
the Western Carolinian magazine cartoonist. However, I am more proud of the person
I have become and the challenges I've overcame while here. My dream once I leave is
to go work for companies like Barbie so I can help bring change to little girls. I
couldn't have done this without my mom, my brother, my roommate Alex, and all of my
My major is Social Work and I’ve received the dean’s list and the chancellor’s list
this past fall semester. I dream of helping members in the community who are facing
homelessness and want to receive their license, GED/High School diploma, and with
independent living in a safe environment. My goal is to work in an positive environment
where everyone wants to see other succeed. I would love to thank my professors who’ve
pushed, educated, and reached out to ensure I accomplish my goals inside and outside
I'm a Communications major with a concentration in journalism. For all four years,
I've made the Chancellor's/Dean's List. I've had the chance to work with AT&T as one
of the writers for the NC African American Heritage Calendar. A s a first generation
college student, I would like to thank my family and friends for their endless support.
I don't know where I'm going after graduation, but I promise it won't be boring. Wherever
my endeavors take me, I hope that I'm happy. I have a lot of dreams that I would like
to achieve, one of them includes creating a documentary.
Special thanks to my family, my professors and the learning community!
Master’s Environmental Chemistry Treasurer of FEM in STEM and Mathematics Club Accepted
into Order of Omega Want to work as environmental geochemist I want to thank God,
my family, friends and faculty members.
I am a graduating senior from Winston-Salem, NC. I will be graduating in May with
a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy. Throughout my time at Western Carolina
University, I’ve been involved in the Black Student Union and ICA Council. I’ve also
been an EnTOURage Tour Guide and an Orientation Counselor. I am also a proud member
of The Pi Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Throughout the years of
2017-2019, i served as a Project C.A.R.E. Mentor, and for the 2019-2020 school year,
I served on the Executive Board for the organization. After graduation, I plan to
further my education by pursuing my Master of Science in the Student Affairs in Higher
Education program at Miami University, located in Oxford, OH.
Business Administration major, Graduating with a 3.75 GPA, Getting a great job at
a very exclusive golf course in Sylva, found a job after I graduate, Finding the sport
that I love and want to have as my career, Golf, I aspire to be a PGA Professional
at one of the best golf courses in the country. Some of the people I would like to
thank first and foremost is God he has given me the strength to complete these past
four years, next I would like to thank my parents and family for supporting me and
finding a way to give me everything I have ever needed to succeed, I would like to
thank my girlfriend Emery for always supporting me and keeping me calm when I am stressing
out and I would also like to thank her for making me a better person.
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Major in social work with a psychology minor. Being a project care mentor and being
apart of the western Carolina university track team. I would like to thank everyone
who has contributed to my growth as a person over the last 5 years.