Gov. McCrory to speak at Wingate University commencement

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory will be the keynote speaker at Wingate University’s 118th Commencement on Saturday, May 17. “This is always a very special day in the life of our University family,” said Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee. “Having the governor here on campus is certainly an honor and we look forward to hearing the message he has for our graduates.”

Wingate is graduating its largest class ever with a record number of 622 graduates. And the University is offering two new degrees: Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) and Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM).

The speech may be broadcast by the national cable public affairs network, C-SPAN. Commencement will be held on Wingate’s Academic Quadrangle beginning at 9 a.m.

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