BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College is moving Homecoming 2021 until April 22-24, 2022 due to rising COVID-19 cases in Upshur County and West Virginia.
The decision was made by the College’s Office of Development after consulting with members of the West Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Council and other alumni stakeholders.
The Office of Development had been moving forward with plans for the Oct. 8-10 weekend, but decided to postpone events out of an abundance of caution.
West Virginia’s COVID infection rate is the highest in the nation and Upshur County has the highest infection rate in West Virginia. Other factors that went into the decision were projections that the rate of COVID infections in West Virginia will not likely peak until the week of Homecoming. Registration numbers were also far below average and a number of alumni indicated they would not attend due to COVID concerns.
Alumni who registered for Homecoming will receive information about refunds and April registration options shortly.
WVWC will announce plans for the April weekend of events including the traditional Founders Day, class reunion events and weekend celebration at a later date.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.