N.C. Wesleyan College will hold its annual December Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
The ceremony will recognize 162 graduates and mark the first time that graduates have included students who completed their degrees through Wesleyan’s Aspire Program in Wilmington.
The commencement speaker will be U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Morgan, a 1989 Wesleyan graduate who received the Silver Star award for his valor in Afghanistan in March 2010.
Morgan served the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at the time of his recognition for his part in thwarting an insurgent ambush directed at a U.S. Army engineer unit. Morgan was air mission commander for a team of helicopters that arrived to support of the unit. Morgan also has earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor.
As a Wesleyan student, Morgan majored in criminal justice, played soccer and participated in the college’s ROTC program.
Admission to the graduation program is limited to reserved ticket holders.