NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
                                                                              JANUARY 2012                          
Message from the President 


Alumni & Friends, 


Greetings from America's next great college! We are aiming high, for sure, but we are all committed to this goal.


Two years ago we made a transformational decision to raise the academic standards in our Traditional program and are realizing tangible, positive results as the percentage of students achieving presidential honors-level grades is the highest since 2006.  In addition, we have begun dorm renovations and in conjunction with Rocky Mount have started construction of a fabulous 12-court tennis center.


The Aspire adult degree program (formerly ADP) enrollment is up substantially at all three sites (Triangle, Goldsboro, and Rocky Mount). We will open a fourth site in Wilmington on January 9 offering BS degrees in business administration and teacher education.


NC Wesleyan is making great progress and we will appreciate your continued support in any way possible...through your financial gifts or recommendations to prospective students.  


Yours for Wesleyan,

Jim Gray


December 2011 Commencement


Congratulations to our newest alumni! On Saturday, December 10 2011, NCWC graduated 137 traditional and ASPIRE students.     


The graduates are from all areas of the globe including the US states of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina (44 different counties), Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia: and the foreign countries of

Cameroon, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Iceland, and Poland, Former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs General Hugh Shelton (Ret.) delivered an inspiring commencement address.  A brief biography of Gen. Shelton is available here.
Alumni Awards presented at Homecoming

More than 100 alumni and friends of NC Wesleyan College gathered on Saturday, October 29 for the annual Celebration of Excellence dinner and ceremony held during Homecoming Weekend.  President James A. Gray, III welcomed the group and presided over the festive evening.

Following the meal, Director of Development Eddie Coats took the podium to introduce the 2011 Alumni Awards presentations.  TheseAlumniAwards
prestigious awards honor Wesleyan College alumni, who have made significant contributions to their communities.  The recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award is Jacquelyn Lewis Deloach '07 and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Lynwood Roberson '93. For the full description of the awards and more information about these outstanding alumni, please click here.   
A Look Back at Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011 was held on October 28 & 29 in Rocky Mount. It was an exciting weekend with over 100 alumni back on campus to reconnect with friends and enjoy a variety of events.

The Alumni Office partnered with the Office of Career Services to offer a first time Student and Alumni Networking Event (SANE) that allowed current students informal access to alumni in a variety of careers. Students learned about alternate career paths and received real world advice from 8 participating alumni.

Nu Gamma Phi and Pioneer Alumni Groups enjoyed special receptions and everyone was invited to a BBQ picnic at the Homecoming Football game. The weekend was capped by the Evening of Excellence dinner that inducted two alumni into the Althetics Hall of Fame and two alumni were presented with prestigious alumni awards (story above). Please  

enjoy some pictures from Homecoming 2011! 

Admissions Update

We are off to a great start with our recruiting efforts for fall 2012.  We recently completed a record CFNC free application week and hope to follow that up with more success as we work with prospective students to bring in a good class.   


Our efforts can always use your help.  Please promote NCWC whenever you get the chance!  You are welcome to refer potential students at any time day or night by simply going to our web site at We look forward to hearing from you. 


As you may have heard the adult degree program is now ASPIRE.  With this change we have made many improvements to our structure. We are offering more classes online, we have expanded our  education degree to our Triangle location and we have opened a Wilmington location at Cape Fear Community College.  


We are growing in a number of ways and appreciate all of the support from our alumni. For more information please visit

 Make your Wesleyan Alumni Event Official!

Do you have plans to get together with a group of North Carolina Wesleyan College alumni? We want to be a part of it by sending you a Bishop Box!
After February 1, 2012, if you send us the details of your gathering we will send you a box of Wesleyan items to add Bishop pride to your event! We will need to know:
  • Type of event (social, sporting event, etc.) 
  • Time & Location
  • Names & Class Years of attendees
  • Mailing address to send your stuff!  

Send any requests to and we will send you your Bishop Box!  


**Please note that we have a limited supply of giveaway items! If you are planning a large event contact us in advance on ways we can assist.    

Have you moved?
Started a new job? 
New name? 
Let us know! 
with any updated information! 
2011 Founders Day Convocation

This annual event celebrates the founding of the college (Chartered on October 25, 1956) and includes recognition awards.

This year's event was held on Thursday, October 20..  President Gray presented special awards to assistant athletic trainers Josh Long and Tim Donovan, who immediately responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident involving an off duty police officer  on September 28. They have been credited with saving the life of the injured man.  


Dr. Jay Stubblefield presented the Distinguished Staff Awards to Annette Everett and Pat Brantley. For full details on the event click here.    

2012 Wesleyan Cup

Save the date! On Thursday April 6 the annual Wesleyan Cup golf tournament will be held in Rocky Mount.
More details will come. With any questions please email Eddie Coats '87!