Western Carolina University faculty member Julia A. Barnes will deliver the primary address as the university holds summer commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
Barnes, an associate professor of mathematics and computer science, was recognized as one of the University of North Carolina system’s premier teachers earlier this year when she was named one of 16 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
Commencement is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Approximately 400 students are candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees, pending final examinations and review. Western Chancellor John W. Bardo will preside over commencement and deliver the charge to the degree candidates.
Receptions for the degree candidates and their families and friends will be held in the Ramsey Center following commencement. Receptions for undergraduate students will be held on the Ramsey Center concourse in a designated area for each college, while a reception for graduate students will be held in the Ramsey auxiliary gymnasium.
Spectators should enter the Ramsey Center through one of four upper concourse doors. Those with physical disabilities should use the northeastern upper entrance, adjacent to the stands of E.J. Whitmire Stadium.