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Wingate’s Graduation season marks the beginning and end for many students

I’Dajha Harris, Staff Writer

To many at this time, May is the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one, for graduation season is upon us.

Wingate University will be having two Commencements. The first one is for the graduate/professional school graduates which will be held at 6 p.m. Friday. The  undergraduate graduation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be held outside on the Academic Quad.

Options for those who are unable to attend include a live feed of the graduation. The link is on the Wingate University commencement page under the hyperlink: livestream. If weather conditions are poor, the graduation will be held in Cuddy Arena. 

The speaker for the graduate class will be Dr. Maria Pharr, president of South Piedmont Community College, who has worked with a vast number of other community colleges such as Pitt Community College in Greenville, both in admissions and as a faculty member and administrator. 

Stein, the state’s 50th Attorney General, sponsored the 2013 School Safety Act as a N.C. state senator.

The Baccalaureate service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the McGee Theater. Speaker will be Rev. Amy Jacks Dean, co-pastor alongside her husband, Russ Dean, at the Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte. It will follow a Farewell Celebration from 9:30 to 10:45 on the Batte Center lawn. 

With the graduation season rapidly approaching, so is the joy of the many graduates reaching their last leg of the semester. They are ending one chapter and opening a brand new one once the commencement comes to an end.

Wanting to get an insight from a graduating student, Amanda Alling offered an interview about her thoughts on graduation! “I am so excited to graduate! I have loved my four years at Wingate, and have made so many great memories, met so many amazing people and have learned so much. I have excelled not only just in the classroom but in my personal and professional life as well. I will always be grateful to Wingate for making me who I am today.” Alling expressed in our email interview.

amanda alling

Her parents, brother and his girlfriend will be coming from New Jersey to celebrate her big day along with her closest friends being in the audience and cheering her on. After graduation, Alling mentioned her upcoming pursuits for the next chapter of her life. “After graduation, I will be pursuing my MBA in either Marketing or Data Analytics. I am excited for this next step in my life, as well as putting to use everything my Communications major and minors have taught me. I can’t wait!”

Her excitement was prevalent and shined through in her all of her responses. Her time at Wingate University was well worth it for her and helped her reach the goals that was needed for her future

So, with that, she left the upcoming graduate classes with some words of encouragement. “Take every single opportunity presented to you. Whether it be a class excursion to Charlotte, or attending those extra study sessions. There are so many transferable skills you will gain from stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing everything that this Wingate life has to offer you.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

The 1st December Commencement Information

Graduation 101

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer

            On Dec. 17 Wingate University will hold its first ever Fall Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Austin Auditorium beginning at 9a.m.. There are 219 total graduates with 152 planning to attend the ceremony.

For those planning to attend, Austin Auditorium has a 1,000 seating capacity overflow will be provided at McGee Theater with live streaming of the event.

According to Ms. Jodi Meer “the reason for holding this event is to shorten the amount of time it takes to grow through a graduation ceremony.”

Students will be filled into the auditorium to the so T. Rhett und of “Pomp and Circumstance” with the processional being led by Mr. Paul Koepke. Once everyone is seated the Invocation will be given by Shawn Riser Taylor.

Everyone will be welcomed by the Chair of the Wingate University Board of Trustees, Mr. Luther T. Moore. Following the welcome the Graduate Faculty Award will be presented by President Dr. T. Rhett Brown to someone who has yet to be named.

Former President Dr. Jerry E. McGee will proudly deliver the keynote speech. Once the keynote speech is delivered the students will begin to receive their degrees Provost Helen Tate and President Brown.

The Alma Mater will follow the presentation of the degrees have been presented followed the benediction given by William Clifford Stokes to close the program.

Edited by: Sara Gunter