January 12, 2023

North Carolina will host the 2029 World University Games — and William Peace University President Brian C. Ralph was part of making that happen.  The FISU Executive Committee announced this week that …

January 5, 2023

Dr. Garrett Briggs, the eighth President of William Peace University (WPU), formerly Peace College, passed away on December 31, 2022. The day also marked his 88th birthday. Briggs’ time as Peace Colle …

December 23, 2022

Khalil Tompkins sat in the chair, slightly nervous. He waited for the job interviewer to ask a question.  “I didn’t know what to expect so I was a bit nervous,” said Tompkins. “But it was just like ha …

December 22, 2022

William Peace University Alumna Erienne Dickman ’20 was selected as a recipient of the Business North Carolina Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 Trailblazers Award. The award recognizes thriving business own …

December 20, 2022

William Peace University is known for their state of the art Simulation and Game Design program. But did you know WPU has over 30 options for majors and minors. Programs range from Elementary Educatio …

December 19, 2022

For Bettie Fontaine Thompson ’69, her life has held many unexpected ups and downs. From her early life loss of her birth father, to her marriage and the eventual ending of it, to her growing in her Ch …

December 14, 2022

A supporter of William Peace University (WPU) for nearly 60 years, the A.E. Finley Foundation recently gave a gift that is part of the “22 Courageous Gifts in 2022” giving campaign – a campus-wide fun …

December 8, 2022

Many people are scared of cemeteries or at least dislike them. Vincent Melomo has a different view.  “I am trying to get the students to get students to think about cemeteries differently,” said Melom …

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December 6, 2022

College is full of new experiences, one of which might be studying abroad. William Peace University students can inquire now about enrolling in a study abroad for next summer, 2023.  The International …

November 28, 2022

Did you know North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state, with nearly 600,000 households lacking enough to eat? The Pacer Pantry works to meet this need for WPU students. This GivingTuesday, we need yo …

November 21, 2022

Argentina Alvarez-Molina learned the value of teamwork at her internship this semester. She interned at the US attorney’s office of Eastern North Carolina.  “What I most enjoyed about my time there wa …

November 18, 2022

RALEIGH, NC — William Peace University received a $1 million gift, thanks to the generosity of alumna Peggy Britt ’56 and the Bill and Peggy Britt Foundation.  The gift, announced on November 17, 2022 …

November 17, 2022

William Peace University President Brian C. Ralph was a member of the delegation that traveled to Belgium last week in hopes of bringing the World University Games to North Carolina.  Twenty-one peopl …

November 9, 2022

Kenan Auditorium welcomes back WPU Theatre for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020. Students are thrilled to perform their rendition of “Cinderella,” which opens Wednesday night and runs t …

November 7, 2022

William Peace University will be hosting its Annual State of the University Address, presented by President Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D.  The event will take place at William Peace University at 5:30 p.m. on …

November 2, 2022

The Coastal Courageous Finish Scholarship is part of the “22 Courageous Gifts in 2022” giving campaign – a campus-wide fundraising initiative at WPU. Donors, like the Coastal Credit Union Foundation, …

November 1, 2022

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship is part of the “22 Courageous Gifts in 2022” giving campaign – a campus-wide fundraising initiative at William Peace University (WPU). Donors, like Heidi Renee Plemmons’ famil …

October 28, 2022

When brothers Adam and Nathan Lembo ’23 first came to WPU, they discovered a passion for the University. Transfer students from Wake Technical Community College, they came to WPU in their junior year …

October 21, 2022

Megan Hoffner ’11 remembers the first time she visited William Peace University (WPU). The Benson native heard about what was then known as Peace College through her friend’s grandmother, who was an a …

October 17, 2022

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps students pay for college. It is important to know the deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is June 30, 2024. However, filing early has its …

October 14, 2022

RALEIGH, N.C. — William Peace University (WPU) has hired a new Vice President for University Advancement, officials said today.  DeShanna Brown, ED.D., will join the leadership team on October 24, 202 …

October 13, 2022

Two William Peace University (WPU) alumnae created an art installation to celebrate International Day of Peace on campus this year. Celebrated on September 21, International Day of Peace is observed a …

October 13, 2022

As a marketing major, you have many skills that can be applied to many jobs. Whether you’re interested in working in social media, event planning, or public relations, there are plenty of entry-level …

October 11, 2022

William Peace University (WPU) has hired a new Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, officials announced today.  Damon Wade, Ph.D., will join the leadership team on November 7, 2022. …

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