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Nearly 11,000 parents, relatives, friends, and supporters jammed the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the largest graduation ceremony in Winston-Salem State University history, as more than 890 candidates received their graduate and undergraduate degrees on Saturday, May 14.
They heard some straight talk from noted journalist, media personality, motivational speaker, and WSSU alumnus Stephen A. Smith, who gave a rousing and thought-provoking Commencement address. Smith was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Controlled Growth, Greater Rentention, Better Service: The Future Look of WSSU
Between 2003 and 2008, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) experienced unprecedented student growth. For three years in a row during that time span, WSSU experienced double-digit growth, expanding the student population from roughly 2,800 students at the beginning of its growth spurt to more than 6,400 students by 2008.
Some might say that kind of growth was a good problem to have. In fact, the University of North Carolina General Administration wanted WSSU to grow even more - to as high as 10,000. But the influx of more than 1300 freshmen during fall 2008, forced WSSU to take a long hard look at what was being asked of the university. Read More.
2011 Call Program
Winston-Salem State University had 940 alumni donors make a pledge during the recent annual call program. Our goal is to reach 1,000 donors before June 30th.
That's only a few weeks away.
We thank all of our alums who have pledged their support during our Call Program. We also thank the individuals who have provided some portion of their payment on their pledge, as it positively impacts our participation rate and is a key measure of success.
If you have not made a payment please take the opportunity to do so now. Your gift will help us reach and surpass our goal. Feel free to make a payment on-line using the secure link provided here: (add link here).
Thank you for your support. You make the difference that matters.
Gregory C. Hairston, '83
Office of Alumni Relations