Chancellor’s list students honored at ceremony, reception

Students interact with Donovan Livingston during the Chancellor’s List Awards Ceremony and Reception held Monday (Feb. 6).

Students interact with Donovan Livingston during the Chancellor’s List Awards Ceremony and Reception held Monday (Feb. 6).

Western Carolina University students who achieved chancellor’s list status for their fall semester academic work were honored at a Monday (Feb. 6) event that also included a presentation by educator and spoken-word poet Donovan Livingston.

The annual Chancellor’s List Awards Ceremony and Reception was held at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and sponsored by the divisions of Student Success and Student Affairs. The event also included remarks by WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher and Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

A total of 1,341 WCU students were named to the chancellor’s list for fall after recording a GPA of 3.8 or higher while enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. The fall dean’s list and chancellor’s list are available at this website.

The ceremony and reception began several years ago as a result of a stated commitment to the recognition of student success and academic excellence that was included in the university’s “2020 Vision,” said Glenda Hensley, director of the Office of Student Transitions.

“Students who have earned this significant honor are role models as university citizens, having demonstrated their commitment to academic and personal excellence,” Hensley said. Each chancellor’s list student is allowed to invite family members and a faculty member who has provided encouragement, mentorship and inspiration to the event.

Students attending the Feb. 6 ceremony and reception also had an opportunity to meet Livingston, who delivered the keynote address. Livingston received widespread renown last spring for a commencement speech he delivered at Harvard University.

Currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he has earned master’s degrees at Harvard and Columbia University, and his book “Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars” is scheduled for an April release by Penguin Random House. In his presentations, Livingston examines the legacy of social inequalities in American schools and encourages educational reform as a means to greater change.