@WWCasheville April 22

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Warren Wilson College

Location: Swannanoa NC

Commencement is a tradition held at just about every college and university in the US, but some schools have very unique rituals that make graduation day unique. At Warren Wilson College located in Swannanoa NC a future hemlock tree is part of the commencement.

hemlock tree

Warren Wilson College began as the Asheville Farm School in 1894. The school was founded by the women’s home missions board of the Presbyterian Church, in order to give mountain boys vocational training and classroom study. Initially the school enrolled 25 students in grades one through three. Higher grades were added as enrollment increased, and in 1923 the first high school class was graduated.

In the 1940’s due to a merger the school became a junior college. After graduating its final high school class in 1957, Warren Wilson remained a junior college until 1967, when it became a senior liberal arts college offering a bachelor’s degree. The first seniors in the four-year program were graduated in 1969.

Warren Wilson campus is shown below.


When receiving their diplomas at graduation, Warren Wilson students are also given a tree seedling, usually a hemlock sapling, to plant away from campus.



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