Western Carolina University will honor approximately 700 graduating students as the university holds fall commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
Commencement is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. WCU Chancellor John W. Bardo will preside over the ceremony and deliver the charge to the degree candidates.
Laura Diane Litchfield, a senior from Franklin who is enrolled in the university’s pre-professional program in medicine, will deliver the primary address. Litchfield is a cancer survivor whose long-range goal is to attend medical school to become a practicing pediatric oncologist working with child cancer patients.
Receptions for the degree candidates and their families and friends will be held in the Ramsey Center following commencement. Receptions will be held on the Ramsey Center concourse for the Honors College and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Allied Professions, and Health and Human Sciences. Receptions will be held in the Ramsey auxiliary gymnasium for the Graduate School, College of Fine and Performing Arts, and Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.
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.