Gov. McCrory addresses Wingate University graduates at commencement

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory at 2014 Wingate University Commencement
Wingate, N.C. – N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory was keynote speaker at Wingate University’s 118th Commencement held today on the Academic Quadrangle.

“Failure is a necessary ingredient of success,” McCrory told the audience of more than 5,500, “but only if one of the lessons it teaches is the ability to bounce back.”

McCrory shared about losing the 2008 N.C. governor’s race and the rejection he felt afterwards. He said he was encouraged by the words of boxer and friend George Forman who went through a hardship of his own.

Foreman gave McCrory a pair of boxing gloves and wrote the words: “With this hand I missed a lot, but I kept swinging.” McCrory told the graduates “never give up, keep swinging during the up times and the down times and understand that you’re going to go through some changes in your life.”

Wingate graduated its largest class ever with a record 622 graduates, awarding bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Seven students earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

This year, the University awarded two new degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM).

The class of 1964 celebrated its 50th anniversary by leading the class of 2014 in the procession.


Wingate University

Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past eight years. For more information, go to