Honoring the Appalachian Experience
We recently celebrated a convergence of generations: the graduating fifth grade class of the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork and the 50th reunion of Appalachian’s Class of 1969. These two events are compelling reminders that Appalachian exists on a continuum — preparing, engaging and educating students for a lifetime as Mountaineers.
Much of that work begins through early engagement with our youngest scholars. As I recently shared, students at the Academy at Middle Fork are making tremendous strides. This forward progress was evident last week at the academy’s graduation ceremony, when all 48 graduating fifth grade students were greeted with cheers and congratulations from a room packed with their parents, families and educators. This momentous occasion marked the students’ first Appalachian degree, and I hope to see them cross the stage in Boone in 2030 — if not sooner.
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state, our commitment to students — of any age — continues long after they receive their degrees. The annual Black and Gold Reunion Weekend is one such way we show our appreciation to our graduates.
The reunion festivities commenced with the induction of about 40 members into the Black and Gold Society, which encompasses more than 400 alumni, and a celebration of the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969. The weekend also featured tours that showcased the growth and development of our campus.
Across generations, Appalachian welcomes students who seek to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens. I invite you all to visit the Appalachian’s Future website and follow along as we continue to build our infrastructure and empower human potential.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor