Commencement 2014

Graduates at Commencement

Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m., Sunderland Lawn
Celebrating December 2013 and May 2014 graduates


Thursday, May 15

Friday, May 16

Saturday, May 17

Commencement Speaker: Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal

The wait just got shorter: Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s long-running “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” is returning to Asheville in May.

This time, however, Sagal isn’t bringing his popular show, as he did in August at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Instead, he’ll bring a commencement address – his first.

Sagal became host of “Wait Wait” in May 1998, just a few months after its debut as a news-quiz show produced by WBEZ-Chicago. The NPR show is now heard by more than four million people each week via 600 public radio stations and a popular podcast. The program airs locally on WCQS – 88.1 FM.

Here’s how Sagal describes himself in a brief bio:

“He’s won a Peabody Award, and was No. 8 on the list of Best Jews from New Jersey by New Jersey Jewish News. Last spring, he hosted ‘Constitution USA with Peter Sagal,’ a four-hour documentary on how the U.S. Constitution is lived today, for PBS. If you haven’t heard of him, your parents probably have.

“He also is, or has been, or might be again, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter (‘Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights’), correspondent for a motorcycle magazine, marathoner, columnist for Runner’s World, author (‘The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them’), stage director, late night TV guest, actor and journalist. He has three daughters and lives in Chicago.”

Important Information

Admission to Commencement Ceremony

Invitations/Tickets are not required for admission to the Saturday ceremony. There is no limit on the number of guests that a graduate may invite.

Anouncement/Invitation Cards

Available at the Student Activities Office in Gladfelter Student Center on campus: $3 for 5.


Please follow signs and park in designated areas: behind Kittredge Theater, near Jensen Academic building, DeVries Gym, and at the Chapel. Remember, all streets are fire lanes at Warren Wilson.

Inclement Weather

Ceremony held rain or shine. In case of severe inclement weather, alternate plans will be announced.

Handicap Parking/Seating and Other Arrangements

If you require accommodations, please contact Terry Payne in Public Safety (828) 771-3029 or

General Information

Contact Student Activities at (828) 771-3748 or