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April 24, 2017

310 Graduates Prepare for Commencement Activities

On Saturday, May 6, the largest class in ten years will graduate from West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Nearly 310 students will participate in the Commencement ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. in the John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Building.

Courtenay Rattray ’86, permanent representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, will speak to students at Commencement as well as receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Following the ceremony, there will be a buffet in the French A. See Dining Center beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Tickets are required for both Commencement and the buffet.

Before Saturday’s affairs, Wesleyan will host several events to honor the 2017 graduates and also celebrate its alumni.

The Commencement week festivities will begin on Wednesday, May 3 with Gradfest, a picnic dinner and party for graduates of both the master’s and bachelor’s programs.  Hosted at the 88 Restaurant/Bicentennial Inn, the event is a ticket-only occasion for graduating students only.  Later that evening, the events continue with the MBA Graduation Celebration for graduates of the master’s in business administration program and their guests.  This event will begin at 7 p.m. at the residence of Dr. Susan Aloi ’80, director of the MBA program.

On Friday, May 5, the School of Nursing will hold their convocation ceremony and reception beginning at 1 p.m. in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.  The School of Education will also host a reception at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall.  Beginning at 3 p.m., the Multicultural Program Senior Ceremony will occur in Wesley Chapel.

The Reverend Feliça Wooten Williams will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will begin at 5 p.m. in Wesley Chapel on Friday. Williams is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church (UMC) and pastor of Simpson Memorial UMC and St. Stephens UMC in Charleston.  She is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Virginia Conference of the UMC and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan.  The service will be followed by a reception for graduates and guests at 6:15 p.m. in the French A. See Dining Center.  Tickets are required for the reception.

For more information or a complete schedule of events, please see the Commencement Schedule.

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