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New Student Convocation

Elizabeth Boney


Their journey begins here…

New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. We are excited to congratulate and celebrate the arrival of WCU's new students with an event they will not forget. 

Convocation will take place on Friday, August 19th, 2022 at 5 pm at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.





Keynote Address: Jacquelyn D. Hallum, MBA, MHA 

Western Carolina University is proud to welcome new students each year with an inspiring keynote address, delivered by prestigious nationally renowned speakers.

Jacquelyn D. Hallum, MBA, MHA

Jacquelyn D. Hallum, MBA, MHA

Jacquelyn D. Hallum is the director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the program director for the Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP) and serves on the leadership team for equity, diversity and inclusion.  She is a native of Asheville and has been employed with MAHEC for more than twenty-five years. Her healthcare background spans nearly forty years.  She is an adept presenter in workforce equity including microaggressions and social determinants of health. She is an advocate for social, gender and economic justice and mentors youth; especially BIPOC youths with an interest in the health professions.  She does whatever is necessary to help students and families achieve their goals. 

Jacquelyn graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Aggie Pride) with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing and did her graduate work at Pfeiffer University where she received a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and Health Administration. Jacquelyn has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Asheville City Schools Board of Education, Asheville City Schools Foundation Board, AB Tech Board of Trustees, and currently serves on the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Board, Buncombe County Child Fatality Task Force and the Southern Region National Association of Medical Minority Educators. One of her guiding quotes is “If people knew better, they would do better.”

Candle Lighting


New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. WCU Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Faculty, and staff convene to help mark the significance of this occasion.  Convocation is our official welcome and Commencement is our official congratulations – you did it!

What to Expect:

The Academic Processional
Led by WCU Chancellor, Dr. Kelli Brown

The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band
The band will perform and introduce you to the WCU alma-mater, inviting you to join them in singing along.

Banner Signing
New students will each sign the Student Community Creed. By signing this Creed, you are signifying that you are joining a community of scholars who will cherish your education and give back to this great institution and our community.

Class Photo
New Students will dismiss to the football field where they will be given a class t-shirt and have their official class photo taken!

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