Western Carolina University held spring commencement exercises for graduate students on May 6, at the Ramsey Center.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Stark Younce graduated with a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was, "Middle School Teacher Attitudes toward the Achievement of English Language Learners."
To complete her dissertation, data were gathered from surveying middle school language arts teachers across the state of North Carolina.
Dr. Younce is married to Randy Younce and is the daughter of the late Donna I. Stark. She is currently employed with Jackson County Public Schools as the Director of Student Support Services.