Undergraduate commencements set for May 5

Western Carolina University will honor approximately 980 undergraduate students during a pair of commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 5) at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Commencement for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts will begin at 10 a.m., and that event will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business, College of Health and Human Sciences, and Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher will preside over the ceremonies and deliver his charge to the degree candidates. WCU faculty member Lisa Briggs, the university’s recipient of the 2012 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, will be presented the award during the afternoon ceremony.

The morning commencement will include the presentation of an honorary doctor of laws degree to Lacy H. Thornburg, a longtime Webster resident who retired in 2009 after a distinguished career in politics and judicial affairs, during which he served as a state legislator, N.C. attorney general, and judge of Superior Court and U.S. District Court.

Traffic is always heavy for commencement on WCU’s campus, and university officials urge those attending to plan on arriving at the Ramsey Center at least one hour before the events begin. On-campus shuttle services will be available for the two ceremonies.

WCU police recommend that those attending the events consider using Route 1002 (Old Cullowhee Road) to access campus through the back entrance. Drivers also are asked to refrain from dropping off visitors while sitting in travel lanes around the Ramsey Center, as that endangers the visitors and creates traffic backups.

More driving and parking information, including a map of traffic patterns, is available at this web site: Maps, Parking and Accommodations.