BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Alumni are invited to return to their Home Among the Hills at West Virginia Wesleyan College for Homecoming 2023, Sept. 28-Oct.1.

“We have a lot of exciting events planned not only for alumni returning to their Home Among the Hills, but for our students as well,” director of alumni relations Kobe Vinegar ’22 said. “This includes multiple reunions for graduation class years ending in “3” and “8” and a bonfire that will serve the purpose of cheering on all our fall sports. One of our most significant events featured this year will be the investiture of our very own Dr. James Moore as the 20th President of West Virginia Wesleyan College. There will be a number of events surrounding his investiture and that will involve members of the Wesleyan community and surrounding communities.”

Founder’s Day scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in Wesley Chapel will include Moore’s inauguration ceremony.

“Homecoming allows alumni, students, and other members of the Wesleyan community to come together to celebrate a place that was truly transformational for us all,” Vinegar said.  “There are not many places like West Virginia Wesleyan. Homecoming brings us together to not only share stories of the past, but to also create new memories that will be told for generations to come.”

One of those events especially for the Wesleyan community is the return of a Homecoming bonfire and pep rally to be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 starting at 8 p.m. that will celebrate fall sports. The Wesleyan Marching band and dance team will perform and coaches or team captains from each athletic team have been asked to share a few words on behalf of their team. 

Additionally, there will be small giveaways, free T-shirts for the first 150 students who attend, music and campfire food provided by Aladdin. West Virginia Split Rail is generously assisting in the bonfire preparations.


Homecoming concludes Sunday, Oct. 1, with an ecumenical worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Wesley Chapel.  The Rev. Dr. Ellis Conley ’73, a member of the board of trustees, will be the guest speaker. 

For a complete schedule and to register, visit www.wvwc.edu/homecoming

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts and sciences 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 as one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 50 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, nursing and clinical mental health counseling; 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 50 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.