MARKER CEREMONY: Friday, May 15, 2020 | 6:15 AM
BACCALAUREATE: Friday, May 15, 2020 | 7:00 AM
COMMENCEMENT: Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 10:00 AM
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.
4:00pm Pierce Chapel doors open for guests. No ticket required.
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Pierce Chapel
Commencement, Pierce Chapel Guests, please be seated by 5:55pm.
6:00pm: Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Graduates, Pierce Chapel
6:15pm: Historic Marker Ceremony*, Main Post Office, Downtown Macon. U.S. Post Office at 451 College Street
7:00pm: Baccalaureate service**, Mulberry United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry Street
9:00am: Doors open to Porter Auditorium for guests with tickets only.
9:45am: Available seats will be open to the public with no ticket required (General Admission). Seating will no longer be open on the main level of the auditorium – only in the balcony.
10:00am: Commencement Ceremony, Porter Auditorium
12:00pm: Lemonade on the Lawn - Reception for graduates & families, sponsored by Wesleyan College Alumnae Association/Alumnae Office.
Rain site: Anderson Dining Hall
Livestream Link (for remote viewing of Commencement): Commencement Ceremony is featured on the Wesleyan College Youtube channel. The direct link is available when we start streaming, so that guests can view remotely: www.youtube.com/user/WesleyanCollegeGA.
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.
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. The church is 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.
A Hooder is someone who places an academic hood over the graduate’s head during Commencement exercises. An academic hood is a garment that is worn around your neck and drapes over your shoulders and down your back. Wesleyan’s academic hood for bachelor students has a purple lining and purple edge.
Each graduate needs a Hooder to bestow the honor of the graduation hood, someone who will attend both Commencement rehearsal and the Commencement Ceremony. For most graduates, the Hooder is someone who has held an essential supportive role in the graduate's educational journey. Contact Theresa Abercrombie if you need or prefer to have a volunteer Hooder assigned.
Hooders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a white dress, white dress shirt, or blouse with white or black pants or skirt.
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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