Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m., Sunderland Lawn
Celebrating December 2012 and May 2013 graduates
Thursday, May 16
Friday, May 17
Saturday, May 18
North Carolina’s Poet Laureate is returning to Warren Wilson College, where he received his master’s degree in poetry, to deliver the 2013 Commencement Address.
Joseph Bathanti, 1991 graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, will give the main address at the May 18 Commencement that begins at 10 a.m. on Sunderland Lawn.
“I'm so looking forward to giving the Commencement talk at Warren Wilson,” he said.
Bathanti, who lives in Vilas, N.C., is an award-winning poet, professor and literacy advocate. He was formally installed as North Carolina’s seventh Poet Laureate in September 2012.
A native of Pittsburgh, Bathanti came to North Carolina in 1976 to work in Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a national service program designed to fight poverty. He never left. Assigned to work in Huntersville Prison in Mecklenburg County, he met fellow volunteer and future wife, Joan Carey, on his first day of training.
The N.C. Arts Council website quotes Bathanti as observing, “I can’t imagine a better place in the United States to be a writer than North Carolina. There is no place richer in literature and no place that has celebrated writers in quite the same way as our state does.”
Among Bathanti’s published works are two novels, a short story collection and several books of poetry. He is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, where he also is Director of Writing in the Field and Writer-in-Residence in the university's Watauga Global Community. He has taught writing workshops in prisons for more than three decades and is former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison project.
The 2013 Commencement at Warren Wilson will be the 45th at which the college has awarded bachelor’s degrees. Warren Wilson began academically transitioning from a two-year to four-year institution in 1967, when it first offered upper-division classes.
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.
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.
Ceremony held rain or shine. In case of severe inclement weather, alternate plans will be announced.
If you require accommodations, please contact Terry Payne in Public Safety (828) 771-3029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Student Activities at (828) 771-3748 or email@example.com
As part of the Warren Wilson community, you are eligible for discounts to two of the most popular Spring activities in Asheville!
Enjoy your May weekend with irises, peonies, and acres of azaleas at the Festival of Flowers at Biltmore. Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery, nestled on an 8,000-acre estate.
Biltmore is offering discounted tickets to members of the Warren Wilson Community who purchase their tickets using this link and enter the promo code "warrenwilson."