Wingate graduates its largest class

Wingate University graduated its largest class ever in the history of the Union county institution on Saturday, May 12.

A total of 521 students made up the Class of 2012.

They participated in commencement exercises in the University's Academic Quadrangle, which drew a crowd of nearly 4,500 people.

Twenty members of the Class of 1962 led this year's graduates in a procession into the Quad. The only other time that's happened was 50 years ago when the Class of 1912 escorted the '62 graduating class.

In its 116th commencement, Wingate awarded its first class of doctorate of education.

Forty educators earned Ed.D. degrees. They will get jobs as superintendents of schools at districts across the country.

Former WBTV (Channel 3 Charlotte) anchor Bob Inman, gave the Commencement address.

Inman, the station's second anchorman, delivered the news at WBTV for 26 years before retiring in 1996.

He's now an accomplished novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Inman's fifth novel, The Governor's Lady, is due out next year.

Inman was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Also receiving honorary degrees were Grammy-award winning singer Tony Griffey (Wingate '90) and retired bank executive and former Wingate University trustee Clark Goodwin.

Click the link below to view the text of Inman's Commencement address.