WPU 2016 Rewind: Look back at major stories + announcements that hit campus this year


MAY 7, 2016


2016 marked the first full class of WPU graduates since the institution went fully coeducational and became William Peace University in 2012.


The University hosted Commencement on the lawn in front of historic Main Building. Hundreds of guests enjoyed this scenic backdrop on the beautiful spring morning of May 7, 2016.


Nearly 200 traditional undergraduates and adult professional students walked the stage, shook hands with President Ralph, then threw their graduation roses into the historic fountain in front of Main.


April 15, 2016

Dr. Brian C. Ralph was officially installed as the 11th President of William Peace University on Friday, April 15, 2016

Hundreds of WPU guests, including students, faculty/staff, and alumni, plus friends and family of Dr. Ralph, packed historic Dinwiddie Chapel for Installation


October 4, 2016

WPU Website

The University redesigned its website, www.peace.edu, to enhance the web experiences of prospective students, parents and alumni.

The site is heavily driven by digital and interactive media and is fully responsive. It features a full VR campus tour, and even a “Find Your Passion” quiz.

WPU Website

Thanks to you, WPU was able to gather feedback and insight from many focus groups comprised of both prospective and current WPU students, as well as families, faculty and staff, and alumni.

The website project took 13 months to complete.


WPU added nine (9) majors in 2016. They include: Business Analytics, Marketing, Education: Middle School English, Education: Middle School Science, Education: Middle School Social Science, History & American Studies, Exercise & Sport Science, Arts Administration, and Theatre Education

#PrepareAtPeace: Bio Research

March 2016

William Peace University Biology students and professors continued their important research of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) levels throughout Crabtree Creek in Wake County.

According to the EPA, the creek became contaminated with PCB many years ago following a chemical spill at a facility that handled transformers and other types of electrical equipment.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

April 9, 2016

A WPU record nine (9) students attended NCUR to present their academic and research findings over the course of the year.

WPU Biology students presented their findings in research surrounding PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) levels at Crabtree Creek in Wake County. According to the EPA, the creek became contaminated with PCB many years ago following a chemical spill at a facility that handled transformers and other types of electrical equipment.

In psychology, WPU students completed independent research projects covering several topics, including the impact of color on memory and mood and the impact of music on athletic performance.

English majors explored and dissected several literary pieces for possible publication in peer reviewed journals in the field.

WPU + Wake Tech: Simulation & Game Design

July 2016

WPU and Wake Technical Community College entered an articulation agreement, paving the way for artists, designers, gamers and programmers in the Triangle and beyond. Under the agreement, graduates of the two-year Simulation and Game Development program at Wake Tech will have guaranteed admission to William Peace University.

In addition, students are able to transfer between 55 and 70 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Simulation and Game Design at WPU.

WPU Adult & Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies (SPS) was recognized as being one of the premiere, affordable online degree programs in North Carolina by Affordable Colleges Online, OnlineColleges.net and Accredited Schools Online.

WPU Adult & Professional Studies Adds Criminal Justice and Marketing

September 30, 2016

WPU is located about three blocks from the NC General Assembly

The School of Professional Studies expanded its degree programs, adding both Criminal Justice and Marketing as majors. SPS now offers six (6) degree programs, each of which can be earned completely online. Classes are also offered at night and on Saturday.


WPU is proud to report that 96% of its 2015 graduates have either gained employment or continued their education, whether it be attending graduate, medical, or law school

Data was based on a University questionnaire answered by 78% of 2015 graduates, collected 12 months following graduation



August 26, 2016

WPU welcomed the addition of Women's and Men's Lacrosse to its athletics roster. With the additions, WPU became the only higher education institution in the Raleigh area to offer NCAA men’s lacrosse.

September 30, 2016

Akasha Kasper is introduced as the head coach for the women’s program and Nate Bates as head coach for the men’s program.

Kasper and Bates are currently recruiting for the programs. Competition is expected to start in spring 2018.


November 29, 2016

WPU announced the addition of Women's and Men's Swimming to the athletic roster, bringing the total of Pacer Athletics Programs to 16.

After conducting a nationwide search, Jamie Bloom was named as the Head Coach of both programs. In addition, Chad Onken was named the Executive Director of the WPU Swim Programs.

The teams will compete as independent programs in their first year against other NCAA DIII programs, while seeking an opportunity to join an NCAA conference in the near future.


December 14, 2016

WPU announced the construction of a new premier strength and conditioning performance center and remodeling of its current fitness center on campus.

The projects should be completed during the spring semester and will enhance athletic and fitness facilities, providing student-athletes, as well as the WPU community, with an improved workout and wellness experience.

Record Number of WPU Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference Honors

June 8, 2016

Overall, 69 student-athletes from WPU were awarded the honor. To qualify, WPU student-athletes had to achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters and compete on a varsity team.

"What an incredible year! I am so proud of our faculty, staff, students and alumni who made such an impact on our campus this year. 2017 holds great promise for William Peace University as we anticipate growth and success #GoPacers." - Brian C. Ralph, President
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