Two hundred and forty-four Wesley students processed during the College’s 144th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. Students graduated with master’s, bachelor of arts or associate degrees during the ceremony. Hundreds filled the Charles R. Dashiell, Jr. Amphitheater to support family, friends, and loved ones for the milestone event.
The ceremony began with a welcome from Wesley Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Jeffrey Gibson and continued with greetings from President Robert E. Clark II. “You have in you the power for positive change, and your experiences here at Wesley have given each of you the foundation for success, it is now up to you, for you are the only ones that can convert your potential for excellence into productive actions and successful careers,” said President Clark.
The Commencement address was delivered by newly elected Delaware Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall-Long. She encouraged the students to not be discouraged by failure when it happens in life, but to continue striving for excellence.
On behalf of the College and Board of Trustees, Governor Hall-Long was presented with the Wesley College Award. The award recognizes extraordinary achievements in community service, education, and inspiring of others for the betterment of our communities and society by members of the Wesley College family, community members, and public figures.
During the ceremony, two graduates were honored with the Faculty Award for their hard work and accomplishments during their college career at Wesley. The award is the highest honor given to a graduating student(s) and candidates were selected by the faculty and must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 as well as have demonstrated a contribution to the life of the College. Examples include an active leadership role in student organizations, participation in research, or potential to undertake advanced studies.
The undergraduate recipients of the Faculty Award were awarded to two seniors; Kristen Griffith (multimedia communication major) and Brittany Wilson (English) who were co-editors-in-chief of the College’s independent student newspaper, The Whetstone. Several of their stories have been recognized by the Delaware Press Association and are being considered for national awards. Both have been accepted into top graduate schools, Wilson to pursue a graduate English degree and Griffith to start an investigative journalism program.
The graduate level Faculty Award was awarded to Kelly Schumacher who earned her MSN degree. Schumacher demonstrates the competencies of the MSN graduate as a systems leader, collaborator, researcher, educator, and expert clinician.
The College also presented Faculty Emerita status to Professor of Education Dr. Patricia Patterson, who started at Wesley in 1991. Dr. Patterson has been an integral part of the Department of Educational Studies and Teacher Licensure in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Wesley College is a United Methodist institution of higher education that seeks to be among the finest student-centered learning communities in the liberal arts tradition. The College exists to liberate and empower its students with the knowledge, skills, ethical attitudes and capacity for critical thinking needed to achieve personal and professional goals and to contribute to the local and global society.
To view photos of the event visit the College’s flickr page.