Wingate Begins 115th Session in Record Numbers

Wingate, N.C. - On Aug. 24, Dr. Jerry McGee, president of Wingate University, welcomed 656 incoming undergraduate students to Wingate University during Opening Convocation. The group of first-year students makes history as the largest freshman class that has ever entered through the gate. The class of 2014 represents 11 foreign countries, 25 states, and 27 local students from Union County's Piedmont and Porter Ridge high schools. The class holds high achievements with an average weighted GPA of 3.6. and experience owning a PC repair business, serving as a Congressional Gold Medalist and representing Singapore in the Junior Olympics. This year also welcomes 78 new pharmacy students and 21 physician assistant students.

The University also has also broken records in terms of total enrollment, which numbers 2,373 at the main campus and the Matthews Campus for graduate and adult education.

During his Convocation address, McGee encouraged the freshmen by relating a statement from recent alumni who have said “As you grow as a person your values change. Life is not about the things you have but what you are willing to give. McGee noted "alums always talk about the experiences here.”

He also gave an update on campus improvements, including the construction of a new residence hall to open in January. In the meantime, 100 students are living this fall off-campus in University provided transitional housing four miles from campus. After the new residence hall is built, these students will move back on campus. In other developments, the new Wingate University Levine College of Health Science building is under construction. The $16 million project, built by CM Black Construction of Concord, is scheduled to be completed fall 2011.

Wingate University is always lending a hand to the community and is currently funding $58,000 for the Wingate town plan for 2020. The plan will enable the University and the town to collaborate and promote economic development and improved quality of life for all residents. The plan calls for accessible green space along with organized and controlled growth. Suggestions include housing options, four parks, a University-affiliated pharmacy, senior housing and more.

In other academic news, this fall the School of Business added a new Master of Accounting program to its graduate offerings. The accounting program is designed to prepare students for the CPA exam. Nine students are enrolled in the program.

Upcoming events for Wingate University this fall include: Author Kelsey Timmerman on Sept. 21 and CNN News Anchor Fredrika Whitfield Oct. 28. Other events include: Grammy Award Winner Kathy Mattea Sept. 25, Myron Whitaker of Clay Play Oct. 6 - Nov. 23, Orquestra Gar Del Oct. 30, The Blind Boys of Alabama Dec. 3, and Orpheus in the Underworld Nov. 19. Students will perform a Percussion Concert Dec. 2, Wind Ensemble, Oct. 4 and Nov. 29, University Singers Oct. 7 and Nov. 30. For any information regarding these events please visit the website or call 704-233-8316.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of more than 2,300 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 32 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.