Graduation Facts & Stats

Staff Writer: Faith Haren

What began as Wingate School in 1896 (first through twelfth grade) became Wingate Junior College in 1923 (two-year programs) then Wingate College in 1977 (four-year programs) and finally, Wingate University in 1995. Wingate was awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1979. 

Here’s a glance at its inaugural class:

“The Gate” Yearbook, 1979. Digital NC

Famous alumni include Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar, and Anthony Dean Griffey, a Grammy award singer of the Metropolitan Opera.


DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

Courtesy of: Dianne Weller, OrnamentShop.com

Commemorate your special day by re-purposing your graduation tassel into a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament! It’s easy to do and only requires four items:

  1. Graduation tassel
  2. Clear glass/plastic ball ornament- purchase at Dollar General or any craft store
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors

Optional items:

  1. Confetti ribbon in blue & gold
  2. Decorative blue & gold ribbon
  3. Paint marker (blue or gold)

STEP 1

Carefully remove the ornament cap and metal hook. Cut a slit from hole to hole in the cap with scissors, and add confetti ribbon if desired. 

STEP 2

Feed the graduation tassel in from the top.

STEP 3

Push remaining strands of the tassel into the ornament. Use a straw/pen/paintbrush.

STEP 4

Thread the tassel’s loop through the hole on the ornament cap (caution: metal may be sharp)

STEP 5

Squeeze some glue along the inside rim of the cap. Replace the cap onto the ornament and let dry.

STEP 6

Pull the tassel loop completely through the top and replace the metal hook back in the cap.

STEP 7

Tie blue and gold decorative ribbon in a bow using the metal hook. 

STEP 8

Personalize the ornament with your name, ‘Wingate’ and your degree using the paint marker. 

STEP 9

Hang on your Christmas tree!

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

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