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Gardner-Webb University celebrates a historic milestone in 2021—the 50 anniversary of senior college status. Transitioning to a four-year college in 1971 was the result of 10 years of planning and meeting goals. To celebrate this anniversary, Gardner-Webb will publish a series of articles highlighting the stories of former faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who experienced this significant achievement.
View the history timeline here. Gardner-Webb’s Class of 1971 were trailblazers in the College’s effort to achieve accreditation as a four-year college from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The requirements stated that at least one group of students must attend for four years. Among those who received their bachelor’s degrees on May 16, 1971, were Tom Bell, of Atlanta, Ga., and Steve Simpson of Raleigh, N.C. They did so, certain that SACS would soon grant their alma mater accreditation.
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Office of University Communications, "Gardner-Webb is a Place Where Lasting Friendships are Forged" (2021). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2092.