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First Students Finish Degrees at NCWC-Wilmington


Celebrating with students who recently completed their bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina Wesleyan College on the campus of Cape Fear Community College are (left to right): Dr. Amanda Lee, Cape Fear CC Vice President of Instruction; Danielle McKeon, first graduate of Wesleyan’s ASPIRE program on the Cape Fear CC campus; Audren Ford; Yvonne Sullivan; Tawny Kay; and Wesleyan President Jim Gray. Not pictured are graduates Jennifer Clewis and Takia McIntyre.


Rocky Mount, N.C.— Danielle McKeon and North Carolina Wesleyan College both celebrated “firsts” recently.  McKeon is the first to earn her bachelor’s degree through Wesleyan’s Aspire program in Wilmington. She received her degree in business administration in May, just ahead of five other students who completed their bachelor’s degrees over the summer. All will come to Rocky Mount in December to take part in Wesleyan’s Commencement. In the meantime, the classmates celebrated at a Wilmington restaurant, complete with a Wesleyan blue and gold “Congrats Grads” cake.

For Wesleyan, McKeon’s graduation demonstrates the success of the college’s first academic venture into Eastern North Carolina as a partner with Cape Fear Community College. Wesleyan and Cape Fear began a partnership last January to provide bachelor’s degree programs in business administration and elementary education on Cape Fear’s Wilmington campuses.

Wesleyan’s ASPIRE Program (Adult Student Program: Innovative, Respected, Engaging) is staffed by adjunct professors from the Wilmington area. All instructors have a minimum of a master’s degree, with many having earned doctorate degrees. In addition, some of Wesleyan’s full-time faculty teach occasionally in Wilmington. Katie Farrell is the director in Wilmington, and John Dismukes is the admissions and advising coordinator.

Programs are designed for the convenience of adult learners and offer year-round rolling admission. Courses are offered one night a week for 8 weeks with a mix of classroom and online experiences. Tuition is comparable to that of colleges in the state university system and financial aid is available for qualified individuals.

“It is exciting to see the benefits of this partnership,” said Dr. Evan Duff, vice president for adult programs at Wesleyan. “The level of interest we have received demonstrates the need for more educational programs that accommodate working adults in Eastern North Carolina. Wesleyan is proud to be meeting those needs.”

You may call the Wilmington campus at 910-520-6786.