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Meet the Grads: McKenna Williamson

More than 1,000 students from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will walk across the stage on Sunday, May 13 as they graduate from West Virginia University , ready to take on the world.  

As   Commencement is upon us, several of our Eberly College graduates reflect on their time at WVU and their plans for the future.  

Daniels, West Virginia, native McKenna Williamson felt excited when she received her acceptance letter to WVU prior to her freshman year because she was proud to join the University and be part of the Mountaineer community.

“I feel that I am connected to WVU and always will be because of the vast network of alumni,” Williamson said. “To be a Mountaineer means more than just having attended WVU; it means that you are part of a large network of hardworking people.”

McKenna Williamson
McKenna Williamson

She entered WVU as a biology major before discovering her passion for history and changing her major. Williamson believes learning another language is important because it broadens horizons and breaks down barriers, so she decided to add a second major of world languages, literatures and linguistics with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in Latin American studies.

“Learning about history is incredibly valuable because it teaches about the world around you and how we got to where we are now,” Williamson said. “History teaches you not only events, but the context of the events and the effects that come from them.”

During her time at WVU, Williamson has learned valuable leadership and organizational skills by being involved in student organizations, such as the History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Delta Pi and the Raleigh County Historical Society.

Following graduation, Williamson plans to further her education by attending the WVU College of Law and will then prepare to engage with the world and contribute in a meaningful way.