Commencement Ceremony

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s next commencement ceremony will be held December 5, 2020.

Due to venue restrictions, current state regulations and other factors that are out of our control, December’s commencement will occur at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. It will be a closed event, opened only to graduates, faculty, and the platform party. This decision ensures physical distancing and the safety of those participating in commencement.

The event will be live streamed and recorded so that family and friends will be able to celebrate with each graduate virtually. Out-of-town family and guests are encouraged to still visit Rocky Mount, as they can certainly spend time with each graduate after the ceremony, however, they will not be permitted in The Dunn Center.

More specific details about December’s 2020 Commencement will be provided by the first week of November. Your understanding is appreciated during these unprecedented times. Please contact Samantha Godsey at with any questions.

Note: Students who choose not to participate in the December 2020 commencement will not be qualified to participate in a future commencement unless your degree is prolonged.

December Graduation Speaker

Sharon Lawrence posingAward-winning actress, Sharon Lawrence, was originally scheduled to speak at the April ceremony. We are excited to announce that she will still be addressing the Class of 2020 at the December commencement ceremony. Lawrence has played in roles on NYPD Blue, Grey’s Anatomy and the CBS comedy, “Me, Myself and I.” A native of North Carolina, she was born in Charlotte and later moved to Raleigh where she graduated from Broughton High School. Lawrence attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is also the daughter of Tom Lawrence, former news reporter for WRAL News in Raleigh.

“As our graduating seniors entered their final semester, the world changed before their eyes. However, in this moment, they became fearless, bold, and emerged stronger as productive and informed citizens. The education they attained at North Carolina Wesleyan College has prepared them for this very moment,” stated Dr. Evan D. Duff, President of North Carolina Wesleyan College.