Wesleyan to hold outdoor graduation


Janice Howroyd


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

N.C. Wesleyan College will graduate one of its largest groups — over 300 students — at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Because of the growing class sizes and in an effort to allow more friends and family to attend the annual commencement ceremony, the 2018 graduation will be held on the front lawn of campus. This is the first time in over 20 years that graduation will be held outside.

“We are very excited to move our commencement ceremony outside this year to allow our graduates to include as many family and friends as they desire,” said Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “It’s a day of excitement and pride and certainly a time for us to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of this fine class.”

This year’s graduates hail from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Eight international students graduating are from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The commencement speaker will be Janice Howroyd, businesswoman, entrepreneur, author and presidential special appointee. A native of Tarboro, Howroyd is the founder and CEO of The Act-1 Group, a leading global corporation providing customized cutting edge workforce solutions in the human resources industry. According to Black Enterprise Magazine, she is the first African-American woman to operate a company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Howroyd’s message to graduates will be centered on how to land a rich and rewarding job and how to keep it once you have it. Graduates will receive a copy of Howroyd’s book, “The Art of Work: Getting the Job.”

Forbes recently named Howroyd one of 2017’s America’s Richest Self-Made Women, and Ebony Magazine placed her in their 2017 Power 100, a list of the most influential African-Americans. CNBC named her fourth of 14 black women who changed business and finance, placing her ahead of Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Recognized by both past and current presidential administrations, Howroyd has been appointed and serves on a number of White House Advisory Commission Boards.

The 2018 commencement ceremony will be outside and is open to the public pending good weather. In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be moved inside the Dunn Center and limited to ticketholders.