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E'Quince Smith

E'Quince Smith: Leaving A Legacy

E'Quince Smith believes that making an impact on Western Carolina University is just as important as the degree he will receive when he graduates.  

Cherokee Graduate

Cherokee Graduation Ceremony

Western Carolina University's Cherokee Center has a long tradition of celebrating members of graduating classes with ties to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It's more than a symbolic gesture. The Cherokee Center is, and has been, involved and invested in the educational careers of Qualla Boundary residents and Native Americans for more than four decades now.  

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General Assembly appoints Rebecca Brown to WCU Board of Trustees

Cary resident Rebecca Brown has been appointed to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees.  

Commencement

Intercultural Affairs Graduation Celebration

The Department of Intercultural Affairs developed this graduation celebration as a way to honor students from underrepresented populations and their contributions to the Western Carolina University community. They provide students with a tangible symbol to wear during WCU's graduation and keep with them after graduation as a reminder of their time at WCU and the support that they have available for their future endeavors. Any student who wishes to celebrate their graduation with ICA is welcomed to participate.  

Class of 2020 Photo

Spring Class of 2020

While we won't be able to celebrate the Class of 2020 crossing the stage this spring (but can't wait to on the rescheduled commencement date), we still wanted to highlight this major life milestone, recognize their hard work, and celebrate their bright futures. Meet just a few of our graduates...  

Meet the Graduates  

David Benoit portrait

Organizing a Future

First-generation senior David Benoit is graduating with a double major in political science and international studies. “I told upcoming freshman to say yes to everything, try everything at least once. Go to every organization, every meeting, at least one time, so you really know what you like and what you might not be fond of,” Benoit said. That’s what he did.  

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Trustees appoint Lori Anderson of Tusculum University next health, human sciences dean

WCU's Board of Trustees has approved Lori Schumacher Anderson as the next dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.  

Wyatt Burnette

Working at Super Bowl 54 Cements Wyatt Burnette’s Decision to Pursue Broadcast Engineering

It was Friday, Jan. 24, when Western Carolina University senior Wyatt Burnette received a call from one of his mentors, former WCU assistant professor Gabe Nucci. Nucci informed him of a valuable freelance opportunity providing postproduction support at Super Bowl 54 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  

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WCU announces gradual move-out process to limit number of students, helpers on campus

Students who left personal belongings in on-campus residence halls as the university curtailed operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to retrieve those items during a gradual and controlled 10-day move-out schedule.  

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