CULLOWHEE –- Mimi Fenton, a Western Carolina University faculty member who has been recognized as one of The University of North Carolina system’s best teachers, will be the featured speaker as the university holds summer commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.
Commencement at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Approximately 415 students are candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees, pending final examinations and review.
Last spring, Fenton, an associate professor of English, was named one of 16 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She has been a Western faculty member since 1992.
Western Chancellor John W. Bardo will preside over commencement and deliver the charge to the degree candidates.
A required rehearsal for the students will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the day of commencement in the main arena of the Ramsey Center. Students will line up for the processional at 6:15 p.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium on the lower level, west side of the Ramsey Center . The processional will begin at 7 p.m.
Receptions for the degree candidates and their families and friends will be held in the Ramsey Center following commencement. Receptions for undergraduate students will be held on the Ramsey Center concourse in a designated area for each college, while a reception for graduate students will be held in the Ramsey auxiliary gymnasium.
Spectators 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.