Western Carolina University will hold commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 17, to honor its fall graduating class and a group of newly minted WCU alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.
The 1 p.m. ceremony at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Chancellor David O. Belcher will preside over commencement and deliver his charge to the fall semester degree candidates and summer graduates.
Graduating student Brandon Todd Truitt will deliver the primary commencement address. Truitt is a native of Waynesville who is majoring in communication and political science.
WCU’s fall class includes about 750 students who currently are working on final academic requirements to receive their degrees and who qualify to participate in the ceremony. A group of approximately 170 WCU graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also will be eligible to don caps and gowns for the event.
The purple side of WCU’s traditional purple and gold colors will be much more in prominence at the upcoming commencement as students participating in the undergraduate portion of the ceremonies will be switching from wearing mostly black to predominately purple academic regalia.
Individuals attending the event 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.
WCU officials advise that attendees driving in on Interstate 40 and U.S. 23-74 from points east should allocate enough time for possible traffic delays in Sylva and at a bridge construction site on U.S. 23-74 between Sylva and Balsam.
For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at http://www.wcu.edu/commencement-stream.aspx.
For more information about commencement, contact the WCU Registrar’s Office at 828-227-7216 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.