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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.  

Sara Mears

Sara Mears

Those “I Voted” stickers Sara Mears’ parents wore after casting their ballots each election during her childhood really stuck with her, and now she hopes to persuade others that voting is the best way to show one’s citizenship.  

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Jason McMillan

Jason McMillan: Student-Athlete Overcomes Adversity

With each Western Carolina University commencement, the Cherokee Center honors the members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and those with close ties to the Qualla Boundary who earn a degree, with an occasion in the spirit of community and individual achievement.  

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University of Evansville's Wesley Milner selected to lead international programs at WCU

Wesley T. Milner, executive director of international programs and professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Evansville, has been named director of the Office of International Programs and Services.  

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program makes scholar team selections

Selections have been made for the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Program, an intensive eight-week scholarly activity at Western Carolina University that this year will be implemented with distance learning and online research components.   

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