On Saturday, May 13, NC State University’s Wilson College of Textiles graduated its largest class ever, 245 students. In all, 209 bachelor’s  degrees were awarded along with 30 master’s degrees and six doctorates. When combined with the students who graduated in December 2016,  the total graduation figures from the 2016-17 academic year year for the Wilson College of Textiles are 271 bachelor’s degrees, 56 master’s degrees and 26 doctorates, for a total of 353 graduates for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Senior Speaker was Claire Hider of Kernersville, N.C., a Fashion and Textile Design (Textile Design concentration) graduate.

The following awards were presented during the ceremony.

*Lawrence Iason Honor Award
Grace Bunemann
High Point, N.C.

*John E. Reeves Award
Jamie Plummer
Fayetteville, N.C.

*Donald F. McCullough Award
Corinne Carter
Raleigh, N.C.

*Joseph D. Moore Honor Award
Morgan Franklin
Pinehurst, N.C.

*Chester H. Roth Honor Award
Claire Hider
Kernersville, N.C.

*John M. Reeves Scholarship
Courtney Oswald
Lovettsville, Va.

Henry A Rutherford Honorary Award
Santiago Tellez
Erwin, N.C.

Peter R. Lord Textile Engineering Design Leadership Award
Justin Rigdon
Midway Park, N.C.

Textile Engineering Society Service & Dedication Award
Courtney Oswald
Lovettsville, Va.

American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists Award
Kayla Messier
Currituck, N.C.

Wilson College of Textiles Apparel Student of the Year
Jisu Kim
Burlington, N.C.

Kappa Tau Beta Textile Leadership Fraternity Senior Award
Paul Burke
Raleigh, N.C.

Phi Psi National Textile Fraternity Senior Award
Lauren Griffin
Cary, N.C.

*Wilson College of Textiles – Award for Leadership
Brooke Anderson
Denver, N.C.

*Wilson College of Textiles – Award in Academics
Hayley Klumpe
Murfreesboro, Tenn.

*Funded by the North Carolina Textile Foundation