The following student received a degree from UNC Asheville in May 2017: Amy Leondine Castle of Barnsville graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Magna cum laude, University Research Scholar, Distinction in Biology.

Castle was also named to the spring dean's list at UNC Asheville. The dean's list is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.