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Appalachian Awards Degrees During Dec. 15 Ceremony

BOONE–Appalachian State University graduates, ready to begin their careers, were cautioned not to become so busy making a living that they forget to make a life.

“When you leave here, you will find a world that is different in ways that a few short months ago we would never have believed possible,” said commencement speaker Barbara Watkins Daye during ceremonies Dec. 15. “It is a world that will afford you challenges and opportunities that previous graduates would not have imagined.”

Daye is dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student development at Appalachian.

“In making a living and making a life, you will take the time and have the courage to know that you have the power to make a difference,” she said.

Their first steps in making a difference began while students at Appalachian, Daye continued. “You have met, known and become friends with people who are different from you, people who do not speak with the same voice, people with different values, people of different races and cultures, people who are not passionate about the same things you are,” she said. “When you acknowledge, accept, and respect their differences, when you reach out to them, when you defend their right to think, speak and act, you make a difference. This takes understanding and courage.”

Appalachian awarded more than 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate degrees during the ceremony.

Daye is a graduate of Appalachian, earning a bachelor’s, master’s, and educational specialist degree from the university. She became an advisor in the general college in 1968 and later taught health and physical education. Daye was named associate dean of students in 1971. She was named assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 1981 and associate vice chancellor in 1986.

During her tenure, she has counseled, befriended and mentored countless

Appalachian students, helped establish the university’s child care center, created the Appalachian Parents Association, developed the university’s annual Walk for

Awareness, and championed student welfare. She is retiring in May 2002.