COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

Wesleyan Circle logo with a W and the date of 1836.

SPRING COMMENCEMENT
WESLEYAN COLLEGE CAMPUS

Marker Ceremony | Friday, May 14, 2021 | 6:30 PM 
At the Marker to the right of the Candler Alumnae Center

Baccalaureate Service | Friday, May 14, 2021 | 7:00 PM 
Porter Family Memorial Auditorium 

Commencement Ceremony | Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 AM 
Wesleyan Campus, on the Quad

Commencement Speaker: Sarah Chervenak ’93FBI Special Agent (Retired)

Commencement Ceremony Schedules
May 14
  • May 14 – Historic Marker Ceremony
    6:30 pm, Wesleyan College, to the right of the Candler Alumnae Center followed by a procession to Porter Auditorium for the Baccalaureate Service. 
  • May 14 – Baccalaureate Service
    7:00 pm, Porter Auditorium, limited seating. Faculty and students will meet outside after the service for cookies and lemonade.
    This service is designed as an opportunity to reflect on what has been a meaningful time at Wesleyan and to receive words of encouragement for their journey going forward. This year's service will feature Prof. Kara Kostiuk and Rev. Kaiya Jennings offering words of wisdom and myself giving the main address.

    Please note due to limited seating, students and guests will have priority for entrance into Porter Auditorium. If you do not RSVP, seating may not be available and you may not be permitted to attend. The deadline to RSVP has been changed to May 3. Click here to RSVP.

May 15 – GRADUATION DAY
  • 9:00am – Seating begins for guests with tickets only.
  • 9:15am – Graduates please line up at OSP Fountain PROMPTY at 9:15am for Senior Photo. Bring your tassel & hood, and dress in cap and gown. (Junior Marshals will direct you.)
  • 9:45am – Procession starts.
    Everyone including guests must be in place before procession.
  • 10:00am – Commencement Ceremony. Wesleyan College Quad.
General Information
Tickets (wristbands) 
  • Please pick up your tickets for Commencement from the Student Affairs office between April 30 - May 14.
  • If you need someone else to pick-up your tickets, you must email tabercrombie@wesleyancollege.edu with legal name from your Wesleyan email account. 
  • Everyone must show a photo ID to pick-up tickets, regardless whether we know you; lost tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Wristbands will serve as your ticket to be worn by guests. If you need your tickets left at "will call", please let me know that, also. If you haven't yet done so, please fill out the ticket form by April 29 to let us know if you don't need all of your tickets or will need additional tickets (if available), here: https://forms.gle/mHs83mJxK11SKSM38.  
Class Group Photo and other photography for the day 
  • To appear in the Class of 2021 photo, you must be at the Fountain to line up at 9:15 a.m. the morning of Commencement, May 15.
  • Professional photographs will be available; please inform guests that they must not block the aisles and the photographer's sight lines, which includes not bringing balloons or other large items to take to their seats that would block the view. The professional group photo, diploma photos, Baccalaureate and Marker Ceremony photos will be available for free download within a couple weeks after graduation at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wesleyancollege/albums.
Parking
  • Please allow time to park and walk to the quad where the ceremony will be held.
  • There will be volunteers to direct traffic and indicate places to drop off guests, if needed.
Guest Seating
  • Each graduate will receive 6 wristbands for their guests, and there will be chairs in the Quad for these guests. Guests must have a wristband to sit in the Quad. Seating in the Quad will begin at 9:00 a.m. (If students obtain additional wristbands, their guests can move chairs as needed.) There will be an overflow area on the Quad behind the flagpole, and guests without wristbands are welcome to sit in this area. (Sight and sound will be limited. Guests will need to provide their own seating in the overflow area.) 
  • Commencement is outside and could potentially be hot. It is recommended that you dress for these conditions.
  • Pets (except service animals) are prohibited.
  • Please do not bring large packages/balloons or wear large hats. They may obstruct the view of other guests.
  • To request special needs, please submit this form by May 1 or email the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services at jamos@wesleyancollege.edu
     
Safety Procedures

Wesleyan College has a long history of cordially welcoming visitors to our campus. In this age of COVID-19, we have added requirements for visitors on our campus.

  • During the Commencement Ceremony, fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks, since we will be outside.
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer stations on campus.
  • Our Director of Health Services will be on campus during the ceremony. There will also be sunscreen and ant/mosquito spray available, if needed, at the nurse’s station.
  • Please do not come to campus if you are ill, have any symptoms of illness, or have been exposed in the last 14 days to COVID-19.
  • All guests must observe instructional signs and follow any directions given.
Additional Information
  • Livestream Link (for remote viewing): The event will be featured on the College YouTube channel. The direct link is available when we start streaming so guests can view remotely. If guests subscribe to our channel, they will receive a notification when the event begins.
  • Photographs - Please do not use flash photography during the ceremony. Professional photographs will be available for FREE download on the College's Flickr account within a few weeks after Commencement. Graduates will pause for professional photos. Please do not obstruct the photographers' sight lines to the stage.
  • If you have lost someone close to you whose name you would like announced "in memoriam" at the Baccalaureate Service, please complete one form per loved one to be remembered, by May 13. 

Benson Charge: “Members of the graduating class, demands will be made upon you which were not made upon us. Your training, if you are true to it, will amply qualify you to meet those demands. No wiser blessing could I wish for you than that you may be true to every God-appointed work.” Catherine Brewer Benson, Wesleyan College’s first graduate, Class of 1840.

 

Spring Commencement Traditions

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, these traditions will be carried out differently in 2021.

 

The Marker Ceremony

Wesleyan College’s tradition of the Marker Ceremony began in 1986 during the celebration of the College’s sesquicentennial anniversary. On the evening before Commencement every year since, graduating seniors and faculty process in regalia from the Old Wesleyan campus site on College Street to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church for Baccalaureate Ceremonies. The route followed today is the same that students took when walking to church services from the downtown campus. Old Wesleyan site, U.S. Post Office at 451 College Street. This year it will be held on Wesleyan College campus.

Students stand in front of marker at ceremony

 

Baccalaurete service

The Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an occasion of prayer, song, and celebration held each year on the eve of Commencement. Originating at Oxford University, England, during the 15th century, Baccalaureate is a cherished part of Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises.

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church first hosted Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises in 1852 and we are deeply grateful for this historic relationship. Located in downtown Macon at the corner of First and Mulberry Streets. Family and friends of the graduating class are invited to both the Baccalaureate Service and Marker Ceremony. Graduates and faculty please wear regalia for both events. Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry Street. This year it will be held on Wesleyan College campus.

Graduation Photos

Find recent graduation photos on Wesleyan's Flickr account. 

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Stay in touch with the College years beyond today. Founded in 1859, the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association (WCAA) is the world's FIRST alumnae association. 

First College in the World Chartered to grant degrees to women.

Diploma from 1840

Catherine Brewer Benson

In 1840, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson became the first woman to receive her degree from the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. 

Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson 1840 In the 1839 Georgia Female College catalog, twenty young women are listed in the Junior Class. Of this number, eleven graduated on the night of July 16, 1840, and were pioneers in education for women. By virtue of being alphabetically the first in line, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer was the first woman to receive her degree from the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. READ MORE

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