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Congratulations Class of 2014!

Approximately 2,377 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees at this year's commencement ceremonies!  Saturday, May 10, 2014 marked the 141st undergraduate commencement of West Chester University.  Due to an increased number of graduates, graduation was split into two ceremonies; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

Brigadier General Carol Eggert '87, of the Pennsylvania National Guard, was the commencement speaker for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.  Brigadier General Eggert is the recipient of multiple miliatry awards and decorations including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. 

Best of luck to our Golden Rams in all of their future endeavors!
Don't forget to come back and visit WCU, your home away from home!

To view pictures of commencement, provided by the Daily Local News, click here.

Important Academic News
Year-Round Assistance with Career Exploration & Job Search!
The Twardowski Career Development Center assists students with identifying and exploring career options as well as connecting with internship and full-time employment opportunities after graduation.
If your student is trying to choose a major or figure out future career directions, coming in for an appointment during the more laid back summer hours can allow your student to focus more attention on this important decision.
If your student is still seeking a summer job or internship, or has graduated and is still on the job search, we continue to provide resume feedback, practice interviews, and many other job search support services!

Congratulations to Parents and Families with Graduating Students!
The career center offers alumni services for life! Graduating students will be converted to Alumni status in Ram Career Network, our online career management system, in late May.  At that point, Alumni may update their profiles with an email address of their choosing (current students are required to use their @wcupa.edu email as their login ID).

Hundreds of jobs and interships are posted weekly; there are also state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location!  Look for this logo on the Career Development Center website.

Twardowski Career Development Center
705 S. New Street, 225 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Academic Information
Is your student taking classes at another institution this summer?
  • Students needing to find out which classes are equivalent to those at other schools can find the list here: Transfer Credit Equivalencies
  • Courses not listed here will need to be evaluated by the department chair at WCU.  This is the form you will need to submit; with a copy of the course description and a syllabus to the Department Chair.  The Transfer Credit Permission form must be completed BEFORE taking courses at a college or university other than WCU.
  • When a course is approved, the student will need to submit their official transcript to the Registrar's Office after the off-campus course is completed.
  • Courses taken as a repeat, for an improved grade, must be taken at WCU.  Grades do not transfer; only course credit does.
Academic Probation
  • Students with a cumulative GPA lower than a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation.  These students must meet with their advisors as soon as the new semester begins to complete the ARP (Academic Recovery Plan).
  • Students who have failed to pick their CGPA up above a 2.0 after two semesters may be subject to dismissal.
  • Please consult the University catalog for a review of the Probation and Dismissal Policy.
Is your student sill undecided on a major?
If so, encourage your student to spend some time this summer exploring their interests, skills, and majors through the Pre-Major Advising link to Determining Your Major.

Important Schedule Checks:
Be sure to encourage students to double-check their fall schedules to make sure they are enrolled in the correct courses and that there are no conflicts with other scheduled obligations.  Students who do not have any holds on their MyWCU accounts can make revisions to their schedules online.

Important Dates:
Summer Session 1 begins May 27, 2014
Summer Session 2 begins June 30, 2014
Summer Session 3 (post session) begins August 4, 2014
Fall Semester begins Monday, August 25, 2014
More important dates can be found on the Two-Year Academic Calendar.

Bursar Information:
Tuition bills for Summer Sessions will be sent electronically to the WCU e-mail account of all registered students and QuikPAY authorized users.
Summer Session 1 (May 27th through Jun 28th) tuition bills were due by May 8th.
Summer Session 2 (June 30th through August 2nd) tuition bills are due by June 19th.
Summer Session 3 (August 4th through August 22nd) tuition bills are due by July 24th.
  • There is NO payment plan for the summer sessions.
  • All bills must be PAID IN FULL by the due date.
  • You can check online via the Account Summary link in MyWCU for the balance due.

More information on Summer 2014 billing due dates can be found here.
Helpful bill payment information is available here, such as billing information, payment methods, and financial holds.  This can be referenced for Fall 2014 tuition bills, which are due in early to mid-August.

WCU Life Skills Program:
Life Skills is a free online program that provides valuable information that will help your student be successful while they are in school and after they have graduated.  ALL students are encouraged to setup a Life Skills account.  Students who enroll also have the opportunity to earn a certificate in important topics.  For more information on topics and the program, click here.
Your student will secure the skills they need for life while earning the degree they need for their career!

Have a Safe, Relaxing and Fun Summer!
Students won't always have a flexible summer schedule, so they should take advantage of this opportunity now!  Encourage your student to do something they've never done before or go somewhere they've never been before.  Try new things!  We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus in the fall!  Enjoy your summer vacation!

Campus News

Golden Rams to Perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
"A special announcement was made during intermission at the concert and wind symphony's performance.  Members of the band and audience received news from Macy's Parade officials that the Golden Rams Marching Band has been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Wesley Whatley, creative director of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and head of the parade's band selection committee, claimed that the Golden Rams were one of only 10 marching bands out of hundreds of high school and college applicants nationwide who were chosen".  To read more about the Golden Rams performance in the parade, click here.

Junior Named PA Army National Guard Soldier of the Year
"The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has awarded WCU junior Antonio D'Alessandro its Soldier of the Year honor.  D'Alessandro bested seven other contenders, who, like him, had achieved top standing at preceding levels - company, battalion, brigade - to claim the state title.

D'Alessandro joined the National Guard Feb. 13, 2012, and was enlisted at the rank of Private (E2) when he began working toward the solider of the year competition.  He is a cadet in West Chester's Army ROTC program and a political science major with a focus on public policy".  Click here to read more.

2014 West Chester University Lip Dub
On Saturday morning of Alumni Weekend, WCU's Purple & Gold Club collaborated with other campus organizations to film a short video showing their Ram Pride and WCU's beautiful campus in bloom.  Students from various clubs and organizations joined together in the Academic Quad to film a lip dub video to the current pop song "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors.  Each organization choreographed their own routine and sang along with the words of the song.  Senior, Andrew Wagner was the mastermind behind this idea and was able to put his dream into motion just weeks before he graduates from WCU!  Bravo to Andrew and all of our Golden Rams who showed their school pride that morning! You cannot help but smile as you watch our students dance around the quad.  Click here to watch the video!

Upcoming Campus Events

 Annual International Organ Competition
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9 a.m.
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
Students ages 15-25 from around the world compete for prizes and are chosen by 3 nationally recognized judges.
For more info: AGreenlee@wcupa.edu

WCU Philadelphia Campus Information Session
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6 p.m.
701 Market Street
3rd Floor Classroom
Information for M.S. & B.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S.W. & M.S.W. in Social Work, M.Ed. in Special Education, Post Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education, and Graduate Business Certifcate Program.
More information can be found here!

WCU Alumni Night at the Reading Fightin Phils
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 7 p.m.
 Join WCU Alumni and Friends at the Reading Fightin Phils vs. Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Game!
For more information, click here.

Criterions Alumni Reunion Concert
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

7th Annual Rams in the Sand

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Ocean Drive
3915 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ
Join WCU Alumni & Friends for an afternoon of food, fun, giveaways, and memories SHORE to last a lifetime!
To register, click here!

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868