The annual 100 Days Until Graduation event kicks off the official countdown to Commencement, now follow this guide to make the most of your last few months as an undergraduate

January 31, 2024

Alumni Tessa Wells, Hannah Trimble, and Savannah Rees-Trask share their experiences in the different branches of the major

December 06, 2023

A Greensboro chef looks back at a family Christmas unlike any other: In a tiny Banner Elk apartment, as a young college student, she hosted a holiday feast of epic proportions

November 30, 2023

Both Phillips and Trotter graduated from Lees-McRae with a Cycling Studies minor

October 09, 2023

The Lees-McRae campus welcomed alumni with open arms and sunny skies for the annual celebration

October 03, 2023

Register for Homecoming 2023 now to participate in all the fun

August 28, 2023

Nelson was brought to the Center with an injured wing as a baby and has lived, grown, and thrived there ever since

July 31, 2023

Both Summey and Hill are pursuing careers in the business world, an industry for which internship experience is particularly important

July 06, 2023

Lees-McRae alumni Chrissy Turk ’20 and Bryce James ’21 talk building their careers in the outdoor recreation field following graduation from Lees-McRae

June 26, 2023

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine major is completing her summer internship at the foundation in Haines, Alaska

June 07, 2023

The newest cohort of Bobcat alumni enjoyed a weekend of fun and festivities in their honor

May 09, 2023

Welcome to your home base for all the end-of-year fun and excitement. As the countdown to Commencement begins, keep track of all the important coverage in one place.

April 28, 2023

John B. Stephenson and Jane Baucom Stephenson have left their mark on Lees-McRae both individually and as a couple

April 19, 2023

The ceremony awarded departmental awards as well as honors for high performance in service, academics, and athletics

April 17, 2023

After playing throughout college, Poole now works for the nation's top lacrosse organization, Premier Lacrosse League

April 13, 2023

The insurance broker and small business owner often references the skills he gained as a student

January 19, 2023

De Souza is an ambassador for the 2021−2024 cohort of International Olympic Committee Young Leaders

January 11, 2023

The Alumni Board leads the college’s Alumni Association, an organization of more than 7,000 graduates and former students

January 06, 2023

Take a walk down memory lane and reflect on this historic year

December 16, 2022

Abernathy recently graduated from the training academy to become a North Carolina wildlife law enforcement officer

November 01, 2022

Boyette comes to Lees-McRae after four years at the University of Mississippi

October 26, 2022

After falling in love with stage management during her time at Lees-McRae, Childs has turned her passion into a career on Broadway

October 20, 2022

The event brought together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to recognize Baker’s life and impact ahead of Homecoming 2022

October 05, 2022

Hurricane Ian could not deter dozens of proud Bobcats from returning to Banner Elk in celebration of their alma mater

October 03, 2022

After deciding to pursue vet school during her time in the Wildlife Biology program at Lees-McRae, Simerly successfully completed the program at UTCVM

September 19, 2022

Mounts is currently working on starting a veteran’s treatment court to provide support and resources for veterans in need

September 16, 2022

The Order of the Sacred Flame is a planned giving program that guarantees the future of the college

September 06, 2022

This weekend of festivities will feature fun events for current, returning, and future Bobcats

September 01, 2022

Three Bobcat alumni share what it’s like working in the professional field of wildlife rehabilitation, and the journeys it took to get them where they are today

August 24, 2022

Pope will speak about his time as an undergraduate student at Lees-McRae and how it set him up for success in his life and career at Grandfather Mountain

August 16, 2022

The new chapter serves Lees-McRae alumni in Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland

July 27, 2022

Hall’s latest venture takes him to Greenville, South Carolina to serve as the director and costume designer for the Glow Lyric Theatre production of “Aida”

July 12, 2022

The Business Administration major turned his love of the great outdoors into a career

May 26, 2022

Commencement weekend was full of ceremonies and events that gave graduates a chance to reflect on their time at Lees-McRae

May 09, 2022

Dr. Lynn Lewis hopes his donation to the school will give students like himself an opportunity to succeed

April 26, 2022
Lepreece Lynch, Nicholas Byers, Cameron Williams, Charles Gibson

The event, sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, gave African American members of the community a chance to relate their experiences

March 28, 2022

This year’s guest juror is Adam Adcock, a faculty member of the art department at Appalachian State University

March 09, 2022
Candice Fenton-Haynes and President Lee King

After 15 years in the service industry, Fenton-Haynes was ready to start serving students. Lees-McRae made it possible.

February 24, 2022

Businesses from all over the region will be recruiting employees for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities

January 31, 2022
Students pose with Wily the Bobcat at 100 Days Until Graduation event

Alumni Relations and Career and Life Planning host seniors for a celebration of their academic achievements and transition to becoming alumni

January 28, 2022
Cynthia Viola

Viola studied art and business at Lees-McRae before launching her career as a wedding photographer

January 21, 2022

A non-comprehensive list of some of our favorite moments of the year

December 10, 2021

The alum turned a way to make some extra money as a student into a profitable career

November 23, 2021
Weidner Abernethy

Abernethy attributes his success to hard work, his family, and the foundation provided by Lees-McRae

October 21, 2021

Local gynecologist, midwives—including alumna April Greene—share dedication for women’s health

October 06, 2021
Dale Parker and Gus Pederson

Lees-McRae alumni Dale Parker and Gus Pederson reflect on the Boone soccer team’s debut season

September 23, 2021
Gunnar Bergey

Alumnus Gunnar Bergey applies his education to supporting the sport he loves

August 26, 2021

Malbon hopes the book will bring attention to an issue many Americans struggle with

August 18, 2021
Savannah Trantham

Lees-McRae alum Savannah Trantham is putting her rehab skills to work in western North Carolina

August 12, 2021
Lees-McRae Charlotte Alumni

The book drive was hosted by Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company, a Bobcat-owned business

June 01, 2021
Bobcat Mentor Network

The mentorship program offers an opportunity for alumni to give back to the college

May 06, 2021
Fred Dickerson and Don Baker

As student, coach, teacher, public relations director, and vice president, Don Baker pushed the college to new heights

March 24, 2021

Rose Bowden, the oldest living Lees-McRae alumnus, has thoroughly filled her 99 years

March 18, 2021
Layana de Souza

Layana de Souza ’14 is one of 25 individuals from around the world chosen for the prestigious program

March 05, 2021
Ski Weekend

Weekend will feature discounted lift tickets and rentals for all Bobcats as well as several virtual events

February 05, 2021
Giving Juice

Annette George shares story of faith and perseverance with students

January 27, 2021

Del and Barbara Williamson and Ed and Susan Harden join the ranks of those who have left a generous gift for the college in their estate plans

December 18, 2020

Join us as we look back on some of our successes during this unexpected year

December 17, 2020

Joining with the Boone Police Department, the Lees-McRae High Country Alumni Chapter serves our local community in hosting a food drive for the Hunger and Health Coalition.

December 10, 2020

President Lee King expressed gratitude for the Lees-McRae and Banner Elk servicemembers who had sacrificed “to keep us strong and to keep us free”

November 13, 2020

Lees-McRae mourns the loss of revered alumnus, Board of Trustees member, and Hall of Fame inductee

November 11, 2020

Outstanding alumni honored for their service to the college during Homecoming 2020.

October 23, 2020

Lauren McLelland ’10 nears goal of 100 miles in support of Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

October 02, 2020

Participants can run, walk, or jog their favorite 3.1 mile route in support of the Montibus Scholarship Trust and Bobcat Club.

September 16, 2020

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lees-McRae College 26th among 120 regional colleges in the South in its recent 2021 Best Colleges guide.

September 15, 2020

Alumni, students, and staff bring awareness to community with peaceful march against social injustice.

September 01, 2020

Student-athletes excitedly prepare for a whole new ball game on Tate Field.

August 21, 2020

On May 20 for International Ride of Silence, the Banner Elk community remembered and honored lost or injured cyclists, including Lees-McRae students and family members, Carla Swart, Megan Baab, and Dr. Jerry Luck.

May 27, 2020

Honoring the Class of 2020

May 27, 2020

During WJHL’s Daytime Tri-Cities, McManus encouraged viewers to take advantage of the outdoors to benefit their mind, body, and soul.

May 20, 2020

Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Pierce helps see nearly 1,000 animal patients each year.

May 14, 2020

Golding, who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, teaches the fourth grade at Franklin Elementary School.

May 14, 2020

In Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure College contest, Lees-McRae took the gold for the small school category—a second time win.

May 04, 2020

Due to state gathering guidelines, both Lees-McRae Summer Theatre and FORUM seasons have been canceled.

April 29, 2020

On-campus classes to be held remotely for remainder of Spring 2020 semester; public events canceled until July 1.

April 02, 2020

As you navigate the current public health situation, hear from Marla Gentile on caring for your mental health.

March 28, 2020

Poll closes Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m.

March 23, 2020

This year marks the eighth Top Adventure College competition hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, and Lees-McRae is once again in the running.

March 12, 2020

Students and faculty are eager to put the space to use as they learn the ins and outs of the ski industry.

March 10, 2020

Honoring our past, building our future

February 18, 2020

Guests are invited to a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting during the Family and Friends Ski Weekend.

February 11, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, craft the perfect love poem that is sure to woo anyone by an award-winning poet and assistant professor of English Matthew Wimberley.

February 10, 2020

During the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, Eco Strategies Group Founder Andrea Ruiz-Hays will address the class of 2020.

February 07, 2020

Join us as we look back at our favorite memories of the year

December 27, 2019

In a night of student talent, music, scripture, and fun, join Lees-McRae as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

November 18, 2019

Encouraging colleges across the U.S. to get outdoors, the month-long challenge concluded on Sunday, Oct. 13 with the college earning a spot at the top.

October 28, 2019

During Homecoming, the Alumni Association presented three awards to distinguished individuals and classes.

October 17, 2019

Communications program graduate Christopher Finley '96 appointed as the next executive director for the Smith Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce located in Virginia.

October 09, 2019

Here to inspire and celebrate women in the sport, the Orvis 50/50 On the Water Film Tour will make its debut on campus in Evans Auditorium

October 02, 2019

Here's everything you need to know for tailgating at Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5

September 24, 2019

A fun new way to pay it forward and show off your school spirit at the same time

September 18, 2019

Help Lees-McRae become the next National Outdoor Champion during the AORE Campus Challenge from Sept. 16–Oct. 13.

September 12, 2019

From familiar faces to new friends, Homecoming brings everyone together to honor the past, rejoice in the present, and dream about the future.

September 09, 2019

Join the college and the Town of Banner Elk for an evening of live music, food, and fun for the whole family starting at 5 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park.

September 06, 2019

For the third year in a row, Lees-McRae was named a College of Distinction within the prestigious North Carolina cohort.

August 06, 2019

Criminal justice major, Chris Hatton '13 becomes next chief of police for the Town of Sylva in North Carolina

August 06, 2019

On Friday, July 12, campus community members gathered to celebrate the legacy of a long-time employee and unveil the renamed Frankie Ramsey Needham Alumni House in her honor.

July 16, 2019

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Artistic Director Janet Barton Speer was awarded the highest-level civilian honor in the state, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

July 12, 2019

Travel back to 1899 New York City and get to know the scrappy, courageous youngsters of Newsies in the final show of the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season starting July 30

July 10, 2019

Celebrate the heritage of Banner Elk and the man that changed the course of its history forever during the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performance of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story starting July 11

June 25, 2019

Escape to campus this summer for four days of fun with alumni, family, and friends during Frolic 2019.

June 13, 2019

Travel to the Greek islands with the debut of Mamma Mia! starting June 27 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre

June 04, 2019

Needham, director of advancement services, concluded her time as the longest-serving employee in college history.

May 31, 2019

Experience Commencement as 246 graduates cross the stage and begin a new adventure in their lives

May 16, 2019

Preceding the highly-anticipated Commencement ceremony, the Baccalaureate Service is an evening of scripture, words of wisdom from faculty and staff, as well as a traditional hooding ceremony.

May 13, 2019

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2019.

May 07, 2019

Experience a summer of unforgettable musicals with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre starting June 27

April 17, 2019

As one, the college completed more than 1,200 volunteer hours across more than 35 service locations in both Avery and Watauga counties.

April 15, 2019

President Lee King and others will showcase our mountain home during a series of receptions

March 28, 2019

Graduation on the horizon? Seniors, this career advice is for you.

March 06, 2019

After taking historic gold last year in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s “Top Adventure College” tournament, Lees-McRae will fight once again to reign supreme

February 22, 2019

Get your skis and snowboards ready for the annual Ski Beech Weekend co-hosted by Beech Mountain Resort and the Alumni Association March 1–3.

February 15, 2019

College community mourns the passing of former Trustee Ed Hood

February 12, 2019

Join us as we look back at our favorite memories of the year

December 19, 2018

Holiday spirit was in the air Monday, Dec. 3 as students, faculty, staff, community members, and their families gathered on campus for a night of games, singing, and a telling of the Christmas story.

December 05, 2018

In a night of music, scripture, and fun, join Lees-McRae as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

November 27, 2018

Experience the historical inauguration of Lee King, 16th President of Lees-McRae

October 11, 2018

Michael Zanetti, a 2016 graduate with a major in business administration and minor in cycling studies was recently appointed to the position of lead account executive for Salt Lake City-based bike component brand Rotor America.

September 13, 2018

Spotlighting young, thriving North Carolina business owners and professionals, Business North Carolina magazine selected Jesse Pope '02 as one of the 22 "Trailblazers" under 40 in its September issue.

September 13, 2018
Homecoming court 2017

With Homecoming 2018 on the horizon, check out everything that’s happening on campus both for Homecoming weekend and in the days leading up to it.

September 06, 2018

On Aug. 27, President Lee King and donors of the college congregated to Grandfather Mountain for the annual President’s Circle Summer Soirée.

August 31, 2018

Together as one, the college and the Town of Banner Elk will celebrate their connections with the Founder’s Day Ceremony and Family Picnic and Concert on Oct. 4

August 30, 2018

During her keynote address, NOSW Founder Jane Stephenson shared her center of the universe and why students should have one, too.

August 28, 2018

The College and High Country community will come together to celebrate its 16th president, Dr. Herbert L. King Jr.

August 13, 2018
MAT Program

Starting fall 2018, students can now receive their Master of Arts in Teaching.

July 25, 2018

Experience Washington Heights, New York, through energetic performances and Latin rhythm in Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s performance of In The Heights.

July 20, 2018

Longtime City of Lenoir police officer, Capt. Brent Phelps '05, has been announced as the next chief of police.

July 19, 2018

Now in its third year, the Mile High Fourth of July celebration June 29-July 4 will boast plenty to do both on campus and off.

June 29, 2018

Take a musical journey that defined a generation with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre beginning July 13.

June 27, 2018

Escape to campus this summer for four days of fun with alumni, family, and friends during Frolic 2018.

June 25, 2018

Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre will come to life with the debut of The Wiz on June 24

June 15, 2018

Friday, June 1, marked the first day of King’s leadership as 16th president of the institution.

June 05, 2018

The landmark fundraising effort raised more than $32 million for various projects and initiatives across campus

June 01, 2018

Looking for something to do this summer? The 2018 Summer Theatre season kicks off June 24.

May 30, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, the Lees-McRae community and their families welcomed 266 students into the graduating class of 2018.

May 10, 2018

In the hours that led to Commencement 2018, students, faculty and staff gathered across campus to celebrate another year of accomplishments and successes.

May 07, 2018

Lees-McRae beats out Liberty University to take the crown in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s annual Top Adventure College competition.

May 04, 2018

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2018.

May 02, 2018

Get to know some of the 2018 graduating class, their favorite memories over the last few years and their plans after Lees-McRae.

April 30, 2018

On June 1, Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. will assume the presidency of Lees-McRae. In the spirit of King’s coming leadership as the 16th president, we borrowed 16 questions from the Proust Questionnaire (commonly used by Vanity Fair).

April 20, 2018

The commencement ceremony at Lees-McRae College on Saturday, May 5 will feature a familiar face. Current president, Dr. Barry M. Buxton, has been tapped to serve as speaker in recognition of his many efforts and contributions.

April 16, 2018

This year marks Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s sixth “Top Adventure College” tournament and Lees-McRae is in the running.

March 26, 2018

There is no doubt that adjusting to college life is difficult. With parents farther away and a newfound freedom, guidance can seem hard to find.

February 27, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. returned to campus last week to meet with several groups on campus as part of his transition before his first day on June 1, 2018.

February 26, 2018

What are the chances that two Lees-McRae alumni would meet on a project caring for a juvenile osprey that was over 2,000 miles from home? Perhaps it is a little higher than you would think.

February 22, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. addressed a full auditorium of Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff, trustees and community for the first time during the official introduction event Friday afternoon.

January 23, 2018

On January 19, 2018, the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. as the 16th president in the 118-year history of the institution. King will succeed Dr. Barry M. Buxton on June 1, 2018.

January 19, 2018