BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College is preparing for commencement activities May 5-6 to celebrate the Class of 2023.

On Friday, May 5, a number of ceremonies and events will take place at the College.

The Nursing Convocation will be held at 2 p.m. in Wesley Chapel with a reception following in Middleton Hall.  The School of Education will host a reception in the Social Hall at 3 p.m.
Multicultural and First-Generation Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. A reception for all graduates will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the French A. See Dining Hall.

Finally, Rev. Angela Gay Kinkead ’79 will speak at the Baccalaureate Ceremony to be held in Wesley Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Kinkead, an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, served for 14 years at Dean of the Chapel at WVWC and is retiring this June as pastor of Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church in Charleston, West Virginia.

On Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m., the College’s 132nd Commencement will take place in the John D. Rockefeller Physical Education Building. Nearly 200 graduates will receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or a higher level master’s or doctoral degree.


Caroline Rapking ’79, outgoing chair of the West Virginia College Board of Trustees, will address graduates and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. Rapking joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and became the first woman chair in 2020.


Both the main commencement ceremony and the baccalaureate will be streamed live at this link: https://www.wvwc.edu/livestream-events




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 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 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.