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:
- Graduation tassel
- Clear glass/plastic ball ornament- purchase at Dollar General or any craft store
- Confetti ribbon in blue & gold
- Decorative blue & gold ribbon
- Paint marker (blue or gold)
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.
Feed the graduation tassel in from the top.
Push remaining strands of the tassel into the ornament. Use a straw/pen/paintbrush.
Thread the tassel’s loop through the hole on the ornament cap (caution: metal may be sharp)
Squeeze some glue along the inside rim of the cap. Replace the cap onto the ornament and let dry.
Pull the tassel loop completely through the top and replace the metal hook back in the cap.
Tie blue and gold decorative ribbon in a bow using the metal hook.
Personalize the ornament with your name, ‘Wingate’ and your degree using the paint marker.
Hang on your Christmas tree!
Congratulations, Class of 2021!