Commencement Activities Set to Begin Wednesday

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, 270 graduating West Virginia Wesleyan College seniors and master’s students will commemorate their Wesleyan experience and receive their degrees during the Commencement ceremonies, set to begin at 10 a.m. in the Rockefeller Physical Education Building

Dr. Lewis Cantley ’71 will speak to students at Commencement. Following the ceremony, there will be a buffet in the dining center beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Cantley, along with Rev. Fred Leasure ’70, will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.  Tickets are required for both Commencement and the buffet.

Before Saturday’s affairs, Wesleyan will host several events to honor the 2014 graduates and also celebrate its alumni.

“Commencement weekend is a special time,” said Kristi Wilkerson, Director of Alumni Relations and commencement coordinator. “We are excited to welcome family and friends to campus to celebrate all that this great class of students has accomplished.”

The Commencement week festivities will begin on Wednesday, May 7, 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.

The events continue on Thursday, May 8, with the Master’s Programs Dinner for graduates of the master’s program and their guests.  This event will begin at 6 p.m. at the 88 Restaurant/Bicentennial Inn, and tickets are required.

On Friday, May 9, Wesleyan President Dr. Pamela Balch ’71 will host a brunch for graduates and their families from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library.

Also on Friday, everyone is welcome to visit the Senior Art Exhibit and reception, which will be open from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Sleeth Gallery.  Other schools, such as the School of Nursing and School of Education, will host their own receptions that day. The Commencement Banquet will take place on Friday evening in the French A. See Dining Center. Tickets are required for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

The Reverend Dr. Bruce Reed ’76 will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will begin at 8 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The service will be followed by an ice cream social on the Chapel Green.

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