Western Carolina University has scheduled commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 12, to recognize its fall graduating class and a group of new WCU alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.

Julian Daron Jones

Julian Daron Jones

The 1 p.m. graduation ceremony at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Chancellor David O. Belcher will preside over commencement and deliver his charge to the fall semester degree candidates and summer graduates.

Graduating senior Julian Daron Jones will deliver the primary commencement address. Jones is a native of Richmond, Virginia, who is majoring in business administration and law, and finance. He was chosen for that honor by a campus committee through a speaker selection process that was open to all graduating students.

On campus, Jones is a member of the Honors College and serves on the college’s student board of directors. He also is a member of the Pre-Law Club and Finance Club, and he has served on the Student Government Association and the Campus Mediation Society. A dean’s list student, he has been honored with the Lily Community Engagement Award for his community service work.

WCU’s fall class includes about 800 students who currently are working on final academic requirements to receive their degrees and who qualify to participate in the ceremony. A group of WCU graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also will be eligible to don caps and gowns for the event.

For more information about commencement, contact the WCU Registrar’s Office at 828-227-7216 or e-mail registrarsoffice@wcu.edu.