Commencement Ceremony

The College’s Spring Commencement is planned for Saturday, May 1, 2021 and will be held at the Rocky Mount Event Center. Due to the current state regulations, Commencement will be opened only to graduates, graduates’ guest (4 each with a ticket), faculty that will be participating in commencement/sitting on stage, the platform party, and volunteers.

Everyone will be social distanced and must wear mask.

More specific details about May’s 2021 Commencement will be provided soon. Your understanding is appreciated during these unprecedented times. Please contact Samantha Godsey at with any questions.

Many graduates have friends and family that are unable to attend this important milestone. So, we have set up a live broadcast of the ceremony. Play the video below to watch a live stream of the event. Live feed will begin at 9:50am ET on May 1, 2021.

May 2021 Graduation Speaker

Brandon Fleming Author

Brandon P. Fleming will be North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Spring 2021 Commencement speaker. Fleming is the Assistant Coach of Debate at Harvard University, as well as Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project.

At the age of 26, he was recruited to join the Harvard Debate Council faculty after coaching The Ron Clark Academy middle school debate team in a high school tournament to an unprecedented, undefeated record. As one of Ron Clark’s “Master Educators,” he also trained over 30,000 educators worldwide on best practices in education.

Later, Harvard approved Fleming’s proposal to establish a new department within the university system called the Harvard Diversity Project – an unparalleled pipeline program that the Harvard Debate Council adopted as its subsidiary. Today, Fleming leads an executive staff and board that’s raised a million dollars to enroll over 100 students of color into Harvard’s international summer debate residency on full scholarship. Recruiting underserved youth with no prior debate experience, Fleming then trains them to compete against hundreds of elite debaters from over 25 different countries. Since the program’s inception in 2017, every cohort trained by Fleming has won the international competition, with one group setting a record as global champions.

Fleming has received numerous awards for his work in education and social entrepreneurship. Notably making history as an elected speaker for the inaugural International Day of Education at the United Nations General Assembly. He was also named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and recognized by The Root Magazine as one of the top 100 influential African-Americans in the United States.

Fleming is also the author of Miseducated: A Memoir, which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. In his book, Fleming describes his transformation from a delinquent, drug-dealing dropout to an award-winning Harvard educator through literature and debate—all by the age of twenty-seven. Through his personal narrative, readers witness Fleming’s transformation, self-education, and how he takes what he learns about words and power to help others like himself. Miseducated is an honest memoir about resilience, visibility, role models and overcoming all expectations.

2021 Graduation Photo Gallery

Check out all of the photos from the event!

Feel free to view and download!

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