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Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Alumni

G.O.L.D. Alumni enjoy Homecoming


G.O.L.D. Alumni, comprising graduates from Western Carolina University within the last ten years, enjoy exclusive access to a range of resources provided by the WCU Alumni Association and its affiliated divisions.

G.O.L.D alumni enjoy a photo at a tailgate


Get Involved

There are ways to get involved with WCU after you graduate.

From local events like Homecoming and the Purple and Gold Alumni Weekend to digital engagement opportunities like socials and our monthly newsletter, we have a little something for everyone. Stay up to date with our alumni events

Make sure to join the WCU Young Alumni Facebook page to stay up to date with G.O.L.D. specific events and connect with fellow G.O.L.D. alumni! 

Few people know you as well as your college buddies. Stay connected with them and WCU through your local alumni club or society. We have a variety of regional clubs, affinity groups, and societies available.
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Questions about Regional Clubs, Affinity Groups, and Societies? Email

From Homecoming to Legacy Pinning to the Purple and Gold Alumni Weekend, we have a variety of in-person events we host for our alumni to enjoy. A variety of campus-wide events, such as Mountain Heritage Day, are also available to alumni.
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Nominate a deserving candidate for a Young Alumnus / Alumna Award. The Young Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes established and future leaders among Western Carolina University’s young alumni. The nominee must have graduated within the past fifteen years, attained a level of distinction in his chosen field of work, demonstrated a commitment to the service of others and shown the potential for future leadership/distinction. Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at WCU, were active participants in the life of the university. Make a Nomination.

The 1889 Club recognizes donors for annual gifts made to the Fund for WCU, which supports scholarships, student programming, professional development, and our ongoing stewardship efforts. Named in honor of the year of WCU’s establishment, this society embraces gifts ranging from $18.89 to $1889 a year. The giving level for G.O.L.D. alumni is $18.90 per year for the first 5 years after graduating. From years 6-10 the cost is $188.90. 
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The Office of Alumni Engagement is excited to partner with the WCU Leadership Minor on Leaders in Action. Leaders in Action pairs current WCU alumni mentors with WCU Student mentees who are currently in the Leadership Minor Program. Alumni that are interested in serving as an alumni mentor with the Leadership Minor at WCU can learn more.

Additionally, if you are interested in mentorship or other speaking opportunities, please contact Tenisea Higgins at


Once a Catamount, always a Catamount! We want to help you even after you graduate. Find all the resources available to you or see our highlights below.

An official academic transcript is a complete and accurate reflection of a student’s record. It contains all coursework taken while enrolled at Western Carolina University. The Office of the Registrar can assist you in obtaining a copy of your transcript.
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The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Alumni Affairs office offer a variety of opportunities and support for both alumni and students to help each other and pursue career-related goals. These offerings range from broad networking and affiliation to specific services and tools. They include formal and informal job shadowing, internship and job listing services and job searching assistance, guest speaking, career counseling and consultation, and on-campus recruiting.
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Learn about the latest news in campus life, arts & culture, events, research, awards, and more! Read our latest WCU news articles, view photos in our visual stories, browse our magazines, or even submit a story.
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Be sure we have up-to-date contact information so we can fill you in on upcoming events, opportunities, and ways to engage with us! Not only will this help us to stay in touch with you, but having accurate information on file helps us to accurately represent our alumni base when recruiting new students. You can also stay in touch by becoming a member of the WCU Young Alumni Facebook Group.

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