summer commencement

Summer Commencement Graduates

Wesleyan Circle logo with a W and the date of 1836.

Saturday, August 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM
Wesleyan Campus | Porter Auditorium

COVID-19 Campus Policies
Based on new guidelines that have been released by the CDC, Wesleyan College has updated our COVID-19 policies.

Due to the recent increase of COVID cases among those who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated, and due to the new CDC recommendations issued July 26, effective immediately, masks will be required in all public indoor spaces on the Wesleyan campus for all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will notify you immediately of any changes. Those who do not comply with this mandate will be asked to leave campus.

Please remember that all of this could change. If the CDC issues new guidelines, we will follow those. Read more on Wesleyan's COVID-19 policies.

Guest Information


  • Please allow time to park and walk to Porter Auditorium, where the ceremony will be held. 
  • There will be volunteers to direct traffic and indicate places to drop off guests, if needed.
  • Porter Auditorium will open at 9:00am for seating. Tickets are not required. The ceremony will start promptly at 10:00am.
  • Pets (except service animals) are prohibited. 
  • Please do not bring large packages and/or balloons or wear large hats. They may obstruct the view of other guests.
  • Please direct any special needs requests to the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services at  
Additional Information
  • Livestream Link (for remote viewing): The event will be featured on the College YouTube channel: The direct link is available when we start streaming so guests can view remotely. If guests subscribe to our channel, they will receive a notification when the event begins. 
  • Professional photographs taken by Wesleyan's photographer and a contracted photographer will be available for FREE download, and will be placed on the College's Flickr account a few weeks after Commencement: Please do not obstruct the photographers' sight lines to the stage. 
  • Please join us immediately following the ceremony for our annual Lemonade on the Lawn.

Keynote speakers for summer commencement

Ellis Anne Collins, Wesleyan MBA ’21

After graduating from Georgia College and State University with a degree in French and Spanish, Ellis Anne relocated to Germany to pursue higher education in the form of German language and culture courses at the University of Mannheim. Ellis Anne has been teaching foreign language and culture for the past three years but upon completion of Wesleyan’s MBA program, she is pursuing a career in an industry where she can use her language and business skills to work internationally.

Tyler Burns, Wesleyan MEd ’21

Currently serving as a fifth-grade teacher at Vineville Academy in Macon, Tyler is from Atlanta and earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood and special education at Middle Georgia State University. Tyler is a dedicated mother, educator, advocate of diverse education.


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.

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. 

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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