Wesleyan Holds Winter Commencement

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – On Saturday, December 8, North Carolina Wesleyan College held its winter commencement at the new Rocky Mount Event Center. A large crowd of family and friends gathered to honor the approximately 200 graduates.

This is the first time in the school’s history that commencement was not held on campus.  “This is our 76th graduation with the first 75 being held on our campus but this one today is in this beautiful new event center,” stated Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. The decision to hold the ceremony at the event center was two-fold according to Clark. “With our enrollment growth over the last few years, we have outgrown the Dunn Center. Secondly, we want to solidify our relationship with the City of Rocky Mount. This is becoming a true college town.”

Congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments, Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark noted, “It is through intelligence, discipline and hard work that you have earned your degrees at North Carolina Wesleyan College. As we celebrate learning and academic achievement, let us not forget that few worthwhile things are achieved without the help and support of others.”

In his baccalaureate address, Reverend Dr. Barry Drum, College Chaplain, spoke about the importance of respect. “As Aretha Franklin’s powerful voice rings through the decades, find out what R.E.S.P.E.C.T. means and live it out,” challenged Drum. Quoting the late great scientist George Washington Carver, who lived his life by a simple set of rules centered on the concept of respect, Drum encouraged the graduates to “take your share of the world and let others take theirs.”

The commencement address was given by David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, a national organization that seeks to exert a positive influence in government, education and the family. A seasoned author and speaker, Barton serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators on historical and constitutional issues.

In his speech, Barton told the graduates they are facing a world that is rapidly changing through technology. In order to be successful, he encouraged them to “be committed to growing and learning new things, be a thinker and ask questions to seek the truth, be an individual and know what you stand for and be good stewards of God’s stuff in your profession.”

Wesleyan will hold its spring commencement on Saturday, May 4, on the front lawn of campus.

2018 Distinguished Staff Award

Dr. Dewey Clark (left) awards Tammy Robinson, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship at NC Wesleyan College the 2018 Distinguished Staff Award on Monday, December 3rd at the annual staff Christmas celebration. Tammy has been at Wesleyan for 7 years. This award honors staff members who have exhibited outstanding work performance, service and dedication to the College or community.

Wesleyan Student Receives NASA Award

student Sullivan Reece

Teacher Education student, Sullivan Reece

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Sullivan Reece, studying Teacher Education, has been awarded a NASA North Carolina Space Grant Scholarship for STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education. Sullivan will complete a series of three NASA STEM Digital Badges, participate in professional seminars and attend a cohort field trip to NASA Langley Research Center. This will equip him with STEM-fields understanding, as well as NASA content and tools as he enters into K-12 science classrooms.

Visit https://ncspacegrant.ncsu.edu/2018/11/13/teachers2018/ for the official announcement.

Wesleyan Holds Scholarship Appreciation Event

Older couple standing with President Clark holding a framed certificate

(L to R) Lloyd Nelson, Elliott Nelson and Dr. Dewey Clark

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA Scholarship donors and their recipients came together at North Carolina Wesleyan November 1 as the college held its Scholarship Appreciation Gala at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. The event recognized scholarship donors who give annually to Wesleyan students, helping them pursue their academic and professional dreams.

“It is always rewarding to bring together this group of promising young people and let our generous sponsors see the powerful impact their commitments are making on these leaders of tomorrow,” stated Eddie Coats, Vice President of Development. “Many of these students would not be able to afford a comprehensive college education without this support.”

Student body president and Heritage scholarship recipient, Will Plyler, spoke about the impact of his award. “I am just a sophomore but my life has been completely changed by the funding that made it possible for me to attend Wesleyan. I now have the opportunity to learn and pursue my passion in life. I am extremely grateful,” said Plyer.

Guest speaker for the event was J. Winston Lea, owner of Action Staffing Group and President of the Gravely Foundation. In 1945 as World War II was ending, the children of Rocky Mount businessman J.O.W. and Lula Keen Gravely created the Gravely Foundation to honor their parents’ philosophy that every child should have the opportunity to advance themselves through education. Over the last four decades, the Gravely Foundation has provided approximately $803,000 to support students and programming at Wesleyan. In his speech, Lea encouraged students to give back to their communities, churches and colleges. “One thing that I have learned on this journey of life is whatever you give, you will receive back tenfold,” stated Lea.

Wesleyan presented its prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Lloyd Nelson ’67 and Elliott Stevenson Nelson ‘66. The award honors the excellence in character, leadership, community service and spiritual values of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a lawyer, scholar and orator. While at Wesleyan, Lloyd was a stand-out on the hardwood as the basketball program’s first Most Valuable Player during the college’s inaugural season in 1963-1964. He went on to become a two-time All-Conference selection and earned MVP rights again his senior year. The Nelsons have been very involved in Wesleyan over the years and Lloyd served on the Board of Trustees from 1997 to May 2018.

“The Nelsons have given tirelessly and generously to Wesleyan over a long period of time,” stated President Dr. Dewey Clark. “Their love and dedication to this college and the students we serve is without comparison. There has never been two more worthy recipients than Lloyd and Elliott.”

Each year more than 180 Wesleyan students benefit from the generosity of our donors.