Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Porter Auditorium 

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SPEAKER: Dr. Ninfa Saunders, Trustee of Wesleyan College

More Details for Guests for December Ceremony

General Information 

  • Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 P.M.
  • Where: Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College (4760 Forsyth Road, Macon GA 31210)
  • Please ask guests to allow time to park and walk to Porter Auditorium. There will not be transportation to and from parking lots, but pull-through area at the entrance to Porter Auditorium will be open to drop off guests.
  • Food and drink will not be allowed in Porter Auditorium.
  • Professional photographs will be taken by photographers and will be available for free download within a few weeks after Commencement at this link:
  • Personal belongings are not the responsibility of Wesleyan; contact campus police for lost items, 960-7969
  • This ceremony could be cancelled or changed due to COVID-19 restrictions beyond our control.

Ticket Information

  • Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for their guests. 
  • Each guest must bring their ticket to be admitted to the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed to enter without their ticket. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Guests age 4 & older need a ticket; guests age 3 & younger don’t need a ticket if they sit in same seat as ticket holder.
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed for friends and family who are unable to attend. Here is the link:

Seating Information

  • Guests will not be allowed to enter Porter Auditorium before 5:00 P.M., which is when the doors will officially open. Guests arriving after processional begins will not be allowed to enter.
  • Seats in the auditorium will be blocked off so that they are 6 feet apart. Guests will not be allowed to sit next to each other. Saving seats is NOT permitted. 
  • There will not be overflow seating. 
  • Child carriers, strollers, large packages/balloons, pets (except service animals) & large hats are prohibited.
  • Do not block doors or the lobby of Porter Auditorium – please be seated immediately. 

Safety Procedures

Wesleyan College has a long history of cordially welcoming visitors to our campus. In this age of COVID-19, we have added requirements for visitors on our campus. 

  • Each guest must wear a cloth or procedural face mask that covers their face and mouth during the entire ceremony and while on campus. (Masks with vents are not acceptable.)
  • All guests must maintain 6 ft. of distance while on campus unless you are with someone with whom you live
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer stations in the lobby.
  • Please do not come to campus if you are ill, have any symptoms of illness, or have been exposed in the last 14 days to COVID-19.
  • There will be limited access to restroom facilities, so plan accordingly.
  • All guests must observe instructional signs and follow any directions given.

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


Friday, May 14, 2021 | 6:15 PM | Marker Ceremony
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Baccalaureate Service
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 AM | Commencement Ceremony

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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.


Spring Commencement Traditions

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, these traditions will be carried out differently in 2020 and 2021.


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 every year since, graduating seniors and faculty process in regalia from the Old Wesleyan campus site on College Street to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church for Baccalaureate Ceremonies. The route followed today is the same that students took when walking to church services from the downtown campus. Old Wesleyan site, U.S. Post Office at 451 College Street.

Students stand in front of marker at ceremony


Baccalaurete service

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.

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church first hosted Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises in 1852 and we are deeply grateful for this historic relationship. Located in downtown Macon at the corner of First and Mulberry Streets. 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. Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry Street.

Graduation Photos

Find recent graduation photos on Wesleyan's Flickr account. 

Schedules for Graduation

Find out more details about upcoming Commencement schedules and details.


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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