Cherokee principal chief to speak during ceremony honoring chancellor’s list students

Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The academic success of 1,395 Western Carolina University students who were named to the chancellor’s list for fall semester 2017 will be recognized and Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will deliver keynote remarks during a ceremony set for Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the performance hall of WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The chancellor’s list is a designation to honor students who achieve a 3.8 or higher GPA during a semester. The WCU students being recognized include 172 students who graduated following the fall semester.

Invited guests for the event will include the high-achieving students, their mentors on campus and the students’ families, but the event also is open to the general public.

The 28th principal chief of the Eastern Band, Sneed is a graduate of Cherokee High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been recognized as National Classroom Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association.

Remarks also will be delivered by Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU’s acting chancellor, and Carol Burton, the university’s acting provost.

The event will include a performance by a dance group from Cherokee Elementary School. Diane Driver will direct the children as they present three traditional Cherokee dances.

A reception will be held in the Bardo Arts Center Star Lobby following the ceremony in the performance hall. Also, WCU’s Fine Art Museum, located in the arts center, will remain open until 7 p.m. to allow guests to tour an exhibit of works by WCU alumni, including Cherokee alumni.

For more information, contact WCU’s Office of Student Transitions at 828-227-3017.