In the installation ceremony, the president of the University of North Carolina system confers the symbol of office by placing Western Carolina University's medallion around the chancellor’s neck.

Fashioned of handcrafted sterling silver, Western Carolina University's medallion is four inches in diameter and bears a seal designed in 1925 by art student Betty de Berry of Mount Gilead, N.C. The circular design encloses an outline map of North Carolina and a pine bough that reaches from the Outer Banks to the westernmost portion of the state, where the location of Cullowhee is marked with a star. The word Cullowhee and the date of the institution’s founding, 1889, complete the design, which served for several decades as the official seal of the chancellor. On the medallion’s reverse side is engraved a list of the heads of the institution.



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