Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College’s 1,200-seat Minges Auditorium is expected to be filled to capacity when the college holds its annual Spring Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
The ceremony will recognize 193 graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degrees through the college’s traditional program or the Adult Degree Program, known as ASPIRE (Adult Student Program: Innovative, Respected, Engaging). In addition, students, faculty, and others will be recognized during the ceremony for outstanding achievements.
Last December, 162 students received their degrees at Wesleyan’s Winter Commencement.
The May Commencement will be the last at Wesleyan for retiring President James A. Gray III, who has led the college for the past five years, initiating many campus improvements and enhancing relationships between the college and the greater Rocky Mount community. He and his wife, Beth, plan to remain in North Carolina in the Durham area, and he will continue to assist the college with fund raising efforts that are currently under way.
The guest commencement speaker will be the Rev. L. Gregory Jones, an ordained United Methodist pastor who was formerly dean of Duke Divinity School as well as Duke University’s vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs. Currently he is the A. Morris and Ruth W. Williams professor of theology and Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School; senior strategist for leadership education at Duke Divinity; senior strategist for education in Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative; and an affiliated faculty member of Duke Corporate Education. A prolific writer, he is the author or editor of 16 books, more than 200 articles, and is an editor-at-large for Christian Century magazine.
North Carolina Wesleyan will present the Rev. Jones with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the commencement ceremony.
Admission to the graduation program is limited to reserved ticket holders.