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.
The finish line is in sight for Western Carolina University’s nearly three-year process to reaffirm its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, with an open forum set for February in advance of an official campus visit from a team of external reviewers in April.
Western Carolina University has been recognized as one of America’s Colleges of Distinction for 2017 by a national guidebook and online resource, citing WCU as where students go “to learn, to grow and to succeed.”
The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a schedule of tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year that includes a 2 percent increase in tuition for students from North Carolina and a 3 percent increase in mandatory fees.
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.