COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

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SPRING COMMENCEMENT
WESLEYAN COLLEGE CAMPUS

Marker Ceremony | Friday, May 13, 2022 | 6:30 PM | Candler Alumnae Center
Baccalaureate Service | Friday, May 13, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Pierce Chapel
Commencement Ceremony | Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 10:00 AM | Porter Auditorium
 

General Information
Commencement Details
  • Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 A.M.
  • Location: Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College (4760 Forsyth Road, Macon GA 31210)
  • Please allow time to park and walk to Porter Auditorium. The pull-through area at the entrance of Porter Auditorium will be open to drop off guests.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in Porter Auditorium.
  • Photographs will be taken by Wesleyan's photographer and a contracted professional photographer, and will be available for FREE download after Commencement.
  • Personal belongings are not the responsibility of Wesleyan. Please contact campus police for lost items at 960-7969.
Seating & Ticket Information
  • Porter Auditorium will officially open at 9:00 A.M for guests with tickets only. Please bring your ticket for admittance.
  • Seating for guests without tickets begins at 9:45 A.M. 
  • After 9:50 A.M., seating will not be open on the main level of the auditorium - only balcony seating.
  • Seats are reserved for ceremony participants (graduates and hooders) so they do not need a ticket. 
  • Saving seats is prohibited. Please direct any special needs requests to the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services at jamos@wesleyancollege.edu
  • Please do not bring child carriers, strollers, large packages, balloons, or wear large hats. They may obstruct the view of other guests.
  • Pets (except service animals) are prohibited 
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed for friends and family who are unable to attend.
Safety Procedures

Wesleyan College has a long history of cordially welcoming visitors to our campus. In this age of COVID-19, we have taken additional precautions to keep our community safe. Currently, cloth or procedural masks are required in all public indoor spaces on the Wesleyan campus for all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and guests.

  • Please do not come to campus if you are ill or have any symptoms of illness.
  • All guests must observe instructional signs and follow any directions given.
  • Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at any time.

 

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.

Directions to Campus

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4760 Forsyth Rd, Macon, Ga 31210 / Google Map Directions

Detailed Directions

From the North (Atlanta)

Go south on I-75, through Forsyth. Past Forsyth, at the Visitor's Center, bear right onto I-475 South. The second exit is #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn left onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.

From the West (Columbus)

Coming in on US 80 or Ga. Hwy. 22, get on I-475 North and go to Exit #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn right onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.

From the South (Valdosta/Perry)

Go north on I-75. Before you get into Macon, bear left onto I-475, the Macon Bypass. Go to Exit #9, Zebulon Road. (There are signs indicating that this is the Wesleyan College exit.) Exit and turn right onto Zebulon Road. You will go several miles and through three traffic lights at Zebulon Road, which turns residential once you have gone past the immediate area of the interstate. Zebulon Road ends at Forsyth Road. Turn right and, within a mile, the college will be on the right.

From the East (Savannah/Dublin)

Take I-16 West until it ends at I-75. Stay to the right and merge onto I-75 North. On I-75, you will have a sense that you are skirting the city, which is to your left. Go to the second exit, Exit #169, Arkwright Road. Exit, turn left, and go straight at the light across Riverside Drive. At the next light, turn right onto Northside Drive. Go straight through the light at Forest Hill Road. (The change from business to residential is rather abrupt once you have crossed Forest Hill Road.) At the caution light, turn left onto Wesleyan Drive. When Wesleyan Drive intersects Rivoli Drive, it jogs left and then immediately right, crosses the railroad tracks, and ends at Forsyth Road, at the campus. Turn left onto Forsyth Road and right into the campus. (From Milledgeville or Gray, you will turn right onto I-16/I-75 North from Gray Highway as you are coming into Macon.)

Alternate route from the East

Take I-16 West until it ends at I-75. Stay to the left and merge onto I-75 South. Cross the Ocmulgee River Bridge and get into the right-hand lane to exit at Hardeman Avenue. Exit, turn right, and continue on Hardeman Avenue (Georgia Highway 41) as it changes name to Vineville Avenue and then to Forsyth Road. Several miles off the Interstate you will cross under a railroad overpass at Rivoli. Look for the campus in about one mile on the left.

 

Parking and Drop Off: Guests will have the option of dropping-off passengers with limited mobility near the Quad as directed by campus police and event staff. They should look for Drop Off Area signs near the Porter Auditorium and Candler Building. Guests without need for drop off can enter campus using Entrance 5 off Tucker Road and go directly to Parking Lot B or other lots as available.  

 

Spring Commencement Traditions

 

The Marker Ceremony

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, graduating seniors and faculty would process in regalia from the Old Wesleyan campus site on College Street to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church for Baccalaureate Ceremonies. In 2020, the honored tradition was relocated and now takes place on Wesleyan’s campus where students live, study, and worship every day. The procession begins at the site of the historical marker on the right side of the Candler Alumnae Center and follows the route to Pierce Chapel where Baccalaureate services are held. The Marker Ceremony begins at 6:30 PM, Friday evening.

Students stand in front of marker at ceremony

 

Pierce Chapel

The Baccalaureate Service

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. For many years, Baccalaureate was held at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. Today the service is held in Pierce Chapel on Wesleyan’s campus. The Baccalaureate service begins at 7:00 PM Friday evening, following the Marker Ceremony.

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. Hooders are not required at the Marker Ceremony or Baccalaureate.

The Commencement Service

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church first hosted Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises in 1852 and we are deeply grateful for this historic relationship. Today the service is held in Porter Auditorium, the cherished location of so many Wesleyan and community events. Commencement begins at 10:00 AM, Saturday morning.

Graduation Photos

Find recent graduation photos on Wesleyan's Flickr account. 

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Stay in touch with the College years beyond today. Founded in 1859, the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association (WCAA) is the world's FIRST alumnae association. 

 

What is a hooder?

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.

 

First College in the World Chartered to grant degrees to women.

Diploma from 1840

Catherine Brewer Benson

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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