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New Student Convocation



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 20th at 5 pm at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.




Keynote Address: 

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

Kelli Brown


Kelli R. Brown took office as the 12th Chancellor of Western Carolina University (WCU) in July 2019, becoming the University’s first permanent woman chancellor.  She previously served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University. She has held academic leadership roles at the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University. 

Since her arrival, Chancellor Brown has highlighted several priorities: an institutional emphasis on quality and excellence; a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence; and a focus on the University’s role as an engine of economic development for its communities. Under Chancellor Brown’s stewardship, WCU continues to capitalize on the opportunity to be a thought leader in regards to how regionally engaged universities can maintain a student-centered focus, with high levels of teaching innovation.
Chancellor Brown earned her doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; her master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Toledo; and an associate in applied sciences degree in dental hygiene from Michael J. Owens Technical College in Toledo, Ohio.
She is orginially from the Midwest, and she and her husband of 32 years, Dennis, live in Cullowhee.

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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