2014 Warren Wilson College Commencement
Rarely do temperatures dive into the 30s on the morning of Commencement in mid May at Warren Wilson College. Even rarer is a commencement address by Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

But both came together nicely at Warren Wilson’s 2014 Commencement May 17 on Sunderland Lawn. After a chilly, foggy start to the day, a warm sun broke through for the College’s 46th Commencement as a four-year institution. And Sagal’s first college commencement speech shone just as brightly at the ceremony where 172 Warren Wilson graduates received their bachelor’s degrees.

From processional to recessional, the 2014 Commencement was a celebration of the achievements of an accomplished group of graduates. This year’s top senior honors went to Nora White, Pfaff Cup winner, and Hannah Monroe, Sullivan Award recipient. Maggie Mae Farthing was chosen by her classmates to be Senior Class Speaker; she also received the inaugural Student Life Senior Award. Top teaching awards went to Mark Brenner (faculty), professor of environmental studies and biology, and Chase Hubbard (staff), manager of the Warren Wilson College Farm.

Sagal came to Asheville on the heels of the Washington, D.C., taping of the final “Wait Wait” with retiring scorekeeper Carl Kasell. Despite a typically whirlwind week, Sagal was every bit as engaging and witty as he is on his weekly show.

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