Student Spotlight

Alli Cook ’16

Take every experience that is offered to you (within reason). When someone asks you to go exploring, sit with them in class or invite you to their home for the weekend, GO! And watch those opportunities grow. I mean, where else can you meet your life long best friends, hike, sled, ski, watch sporting events, celebrate Mountain Day and get an outstanding education? No where! So go to class, change your major at least once, attend games, get to know your professors, and remember your experience is what you make it to be! 

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Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

Last Day of Classes and Final Exams

Last Day of Classes  |  Thursday, April 28
Reading Day  |  Friday, April 29
Final Exams  |  Saturday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 4
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Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 29
10 a.m., Between Bowman Building and Carson Library 

Enjoy some energy-building treats and help us celebrate the environment with an inaugural tree planting ceremony. Dr. Stewart Skeate will lead the event.

De-Stress Fest at the Bookstore

Friday, April 29
12-3 p.m., Campus Bookstore 

Take a break from cramming for finals and relax at the bookstore! We will have adult coloring pages, a Make Your Own Stress Ball activity and a raffle for Lees-McRae gear. Faculty and staff are welcome to join in the fun, too.

Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, April 29
8 p.m. in the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Open to Students, Faculty and Staff 

Study All Night

Friday, April 29
Carson Library

Wear your pajamas, bring your pillow and study all night in the library. A variety of refreshments will be provided!

If you are participating in the study night sleepover, we ask that you be in the library no later than midnight. The front doors will be locked at midnight and anyone not there at midnight or anyone who leaves after the doors are locked will not be readmitted until the library opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

End of Year Service

Sunday, May 1
7 p.m., Mill Pond

Celebrate the end of an academic year by participating in a symbolic stone ceremony at the Mill Pond. Come to the pond, rejoice in completing a successful year and interact in the stone ceremony.

If you have questions about this ceremony, please contact Renee Baker.

Exam Breakfast

Sunday, May 1
9 – 10:30 p.m. in MacDonald Dining Hall

Take a study break and enjoy some food and your chance at prizes. Please contact Jon Driggers at if you are a faculty or staff member that would like to help serve food.

Housing Checkout Information

Spring checkout is almost upon us! All individuals NOT graduating or having a role in Commencement must check out with their RA or a designated RA by 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 5.

All individuals who ARE graduating or having a role in Commencement must check out ASAP after Commencement or, at the very latest, 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

Individuals playing a role in Commencement (but not graduating themselves) must have their advisor email a list of approved individuals to Josh Gaisser, assistant dean for residence life.

Please keep an eye out this week for flyers and emails discussing more important checkout information, including floor meeting times, how to sign up for a checkout, and how to properly check out of your housing assignment and avoid charges.

If you have any questions, please talk to your RA or RD, or email Josh Gaisser, assistant dean of residence life.

Save the Date! Special Senior Celebration Brunch

Friday, May 6
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (drop in), Alumni House 

Seniors are cordially invited to attend a special senior celebration brunch hosted by the Lees-McRae Alumni Association. Kindly RSVP to Jillian Rosato at 828.898.2534 or no later than Monday, May 2.

Important Dates  |  Spring 2016

  • January 11 | First Day of Classes
  • January 15 | End of Schedule Adjustment
  • January 18 | MLK, Jr. Holiday; No Classes
  • March 7-11 | Spring Break
  • March 18 | Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
  • March 21-April 19 | Advising and Registration for Fall 2016
  • March 24-25 | Easter Holiday; No Classes
  • April 28 | Last Day of Classes
  • April 29 | Reading Day
  • April 30-May 4 | Exam Week
  • May 6 | Baccalaureate
  • May 7 | Commencement