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Alumni Association

At Western Carolina University, we know that a university isn't just a place, it's a community. A community that's built from and defined by the people who call Western Carolina home, first as students and then as alumni. Our Alumni Association fosters a lifelong connection to WCU  through programs and services so that no matter where you are, you'll always have a home in Cullowhee.

Gold Alumni Event in Charlotte

Alumni Events

Whether you come home to Cullowhee for Homecoming Week or the Purple and Gold Reunion, or attend a locally hosted event near you, there are many ways to get invovled.

Atlanta New Student Send-Offs 2023

New Student Send-Offs

Build traditions with fellow Catamounts and get a taste of the incredible WCU community. Hear firsthand experiences from current students and alumni, and kickstart your journey at Western Carolina University with fun activities for the whole family.

Alumni at Grasshoppers

Get Involved

The Western Carolina Alumni Association provides a variety of ways for alumni of all ages to participate in events, to reconnect with former classmates through clubs and societies, and to support the WCU student experience through volunteerism.

Purple and Gold Alumni Weekend

Purple & Gold Alumni Weekend

Purple and Gold Alumni Weekend is making a return in 2024 after a year-long pause. Join us for a vibrant mix of activities, games, live music, tours, and a unique opportunity to stay in WCU’s Greek Village. All alumni are invited to reconnect, relive memories, and enjoy the festivities.

G.O.L.D. Alumni enjoy Homecoming

G.O.L.D. Alumni

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.

Alumni Spotlight Renee Beutell

Class Notes

WCU’s Class Notes are a great way to let fellow alumni know some of the amazing things going on in your life. Let us know about your news, whether that is promotions, marriages, births, or even a career change.



Western Carolina University has a number of resources available to alumni, whether you're pursuing additional education, seeking a new job, looking to support your alma mater or connect with old friends.

2023 McGuire Naming

Support WCU

Our institutional mission demands that we provide access to quality higher education to deserving students in our region and our state, and we need your help to reach that goal. 


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