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April 15, 2016

Nearly 270 Graduates Gearing Up for 125th Commencement Activities

On Saturday, May 7, nearly 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 John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Building.

Joanne Cadorette Soliday ’69, higher education consultant and strategic planning specialist, will speak to students at Commencement as well as receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Marc Halbritter, chair of the Board of Trustees, will also 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 2016 graduates and also celebrate its alumni.

“Commencement weekend is a time of great celebration,” said Robert Skinner ‘75, vice president for advancement.  “The 2016 graduating class has brought great recognition to Wesleyan through their successes in the classroom, academic scholarship competitions, athletics, the arts, and community engagement.  Many have been accepted to graduate and professional schools while others are ready to begin the next chapter of their lives in the workplace.  We are eager to welcome their family and friends to campus for this most special occasion.”

The Commencement week festivities will begin on Wednesday, May 4, 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 5, 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 6, 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.  Tickets are required for this event.

Other schools, such as the School of Nursing and School of Education, will host their own receptions on Friday, as well. The Reverend Dr. Randy F. Flanagan ’76 will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will begin at a new time, 5 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The service will be followed by a Graduate 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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