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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

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WCU to hold fall commencement ceremonies

Western Carolina University will hold a pair of commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16, to honor the university’s fall graduating class and a group of newly minted WCU alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.

Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a 2 p.m. ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students from the colleges of Business, Health and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Technology. Both events will take place at Ramsey Regional Activity Center and are open to everyone, with no tickets are required for admission.

For those who cannot attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live at


SCC commencement set for Dec. 15

Southwestern Community College’s fall commencement will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in Myers Auditorium in the Balsam Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus.

Matt Cass, SCC’s physics and math instructor and the college’s 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award, will serve as featured speaker. Cass serves as the principal investigator of the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative, an effort in collaboration with NASA Science, to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education in western North Carolina and nationwide.

For more information, visit, call 828.339.4000 or visit the nearest SCC location.


Complete broadband survey

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region.

The survey will verify availability of services in the western counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all counties the chance to participate. Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in an overall broadband planning.

Visit to complete the survey.

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