Fall semester at Western Carolina University has just begun, but faculty and staff involved in commencement already are pondering a couple of big changes that will take effect as the university celebrates its fall graduating class in December.
With a total solar eclipse occurring on the first day of the fall semester classes, Western Carolina University’s faculty and staff are taking steps to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to safely view the rare celestial phenomenon.
A new 600-bed residence hall planned for the upper section of the Western Carolina University campus took one step closer to becoming a reality as the WCU Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed a design concept for the building.
Recognition of undergraduate students sporting perfect GPAs for their college careers, the awarding of an honorary doctorate to a revered Cherokee elder, and an address by one of the University of North Carolina system’s top teachers were among the highlights from a trio of spring commencement ceremonies held at Western Carolina University.
To adapt a phrase often attributed to Julius Caesar – they came; they saw; they concurred.
In this case, “they” refers to the members of an external review team who visited campus last week as a culminating event in the nearly three-year process to reaffirm Western Carolina University’s 10-year accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Western Carolina University’s inaugural “I Love WCU” campaign, held throughout the month of February, received a highly positive response from students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university, said Claire Burns, WCU’s director of annual giving.