A Message to Traditional Undergraduates

Office of Student Development and Student Government Association Celebrate Achievements of Seniors

Celebrating The Year of the Nurse

“This experience has been unlike any other in our time in college, and was not the way that we expected to experience our last months as students.” — Shelby Putnam, Gardner-Webb student body president, Class of 2020

Putnam wrote those words in a letter to Gardner-Webb seniors in the traditional undergraduate population—who would have participated in commencement ceremonies on May 9. She went on to encourage her classmates by saying: “We are cheering you on in the coming months, and are standing with you and the challenges you may face. The people of Gardner-Webb are with you and are a constant resource for any difficulty you may face. Keep connecting, reaching out, and persevering.”

The letter was mailed to students in a package that also contained a poem from the Office of Student Development, a senior pin, sticker and GWU-themed cookies created by Maya Stewart, a 2017 alumna and owner of Maya Rita Bakes in Lowell, N.C.

The seniors have been invited to participate in commencement on Aug. 1 at the University, but some may not be able to attend. “The idea was a partnership between Student Development and the Student Government Association,” observed Sarah Currie, vice president of Student Development. “For us it was important to celebrate and help the seniors’ time at GWU end well regardless of the pandemic.”

Here is the poem seniors received from Currie’s office to celebrate their achievement:

From the fall of 2016,
To the pandemic of 2020,
Gardner-Webb has been you.

Let’s walk memory lane,
New Student Orientation,
Lip Sync to the Big E.

Cookout runs with friends,
Open Mic Night to Spring Formal,
Worship in the chapel.

2019 was SkoDawgs,
March Madness - bring it on and
A new president.

What stands out to you?
For God and Humanity,
We will always miss you!

Best Wishes,
Student Development Staff
Gardner-Webb University