Wingate University celebrates Commencement

Frank Davis, John Kasay, President Jerry E. McGee, G.R. Kindley
Contact: Kim Williams
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Wingate, N.C. – Nearly 445 students graduated from Wingate University’s 117th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, on the Academic Quad. The graduates come from 32 different states and 15 different countries. The Class of 1963 celebrated their 50th anniversary by leading the Class of 2013 in the procession.

John Kasay, former Carolina Panthers kicker who begins as the new Athletic Director for Charlotte Christian School in July, was the Commencement guest speaker. “Getting off the sidelines and getting out into the field gives your life length,” he told the crowd of about 2,700 people. “It is my hope and my prayer that you have a long, wide and fulfilling future.”

Two honorary doctorates were awarded to Frank Davis, a special friend of the University and the Executive Director of the Cannon Foundation; and to G.R. Kindley, a longtime mayor of Rockingham and a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, who established the Richmond County Scholarship that has helped more than 100 students attend Wingate.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews 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 six years. For more information, go to