Two Asheville residents with extensive records of public service were awarded honorary doctorates and a National Football League referee received a major alumni award as Western Carolina University held spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 10.
Western Carolina University will bestow honorary doctorates on two current Asheville residents, and present a major alumni award to an Asheville native, as the university holds spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 10.
Western Carolina University conferred degrees on approximately 400 students and recognized a Western North Carolina business legend with an honorary doctorate as the university held fall commencement exercises Saturday (Dec. 14.)
It was 1952, and the United States was embroiled in the Korean War when a young veteran from an earlier conflict, World War II, stepped forward at the August commencement ceremonies at Western Carolina Teachers College to accept the first graduate degree handed out in the institution’s history.
Western Carolina University conferred degrees on its brand-new graduates Saturday, May 11, and took time out to honor three graduates from the past – a federal judge, a benefactor and servant to education, and a research scientist who is working to solve the mysteries of cancer.