Celebrating accomplishments and new beginnings
Yesterday, Appalachian hosted our Fall Commencement ceremonies, and I was honored to celebrate the accomplishments of the more than 1,300 students who crossed the stage. If you were unable to join us in person, you can relive the events through these archived videos.
The student speakers — ranging from a Colombian immigrant earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership, to a music therapist focusing her skills on infants addicted to drugs at birth, to the father and husband of a family with four Mountaineers, three of whom are still currently enrolled — are sterling examples of the breadth and rigor of an Appalachian education and the opportunities it unfolds. A quick perusal of Appalachian Today, our news and events website, showcases countless examples of academic excellence, world-changing research and post-graduation achievement.
The closing weeks of the semester are always full of activity and excitement and, this year, notably so for Appalachian football. The Mountaineers secured their fourth Sun Belt Championship, making history with the best FBS season in North Carolina. The team is gearing up now for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21, and I am thrilled to officially welcome Appalachian alumnus Shawn Clark ’98 as our new head football coach. I know we all look forward to his continued success with this record-setting team.
All of our graduates, including our student-athletes, can be proud of their achievements. I am certain they will go on to make real and powerful differences in our state and in communities throughout the world. We look forward to hearing their stories as they go forward — forever Mountaineers and our most enduring legacy.
I am honored to be part of the Appalachian Community. Happy holidays and best wishes for a restful and restorative break!
Sheri Everts, Chancellor