Commencement 2018


Friday, May 4, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Speaker: Bishop Paul L. Leeland

*Undergraduate Students Only.

Bishop Leeland is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, Duke Divinity School, and North Carolina State University. He was elected to the episcopacy in 2008, and was assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Prior to his election in 2008, he served in the North Carolina Conference for 33 years following a stint as Director of Family Counseling in Atlanta after completing seminary.  Just prior to his election to the episcopacy, Leeland was the superintendent for the Goldsboro District in the North Carolina Conference.

Leeland was ordained by Bishop Robert Blackburn in 1976. As a member of the North Carolina Conference, he served small, medium and large membership churches. He served as the District Superintendent of the Goldsboro District.   And he was appointed Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Relations serving under two bishops for a total eight years.

Leeland was elected as a delegate to Jurisdictional Conference beginning in 1988 and consecutive years through 2008. He was elected as a delegate to General Conference in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He has served general conference boards and agencies. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Red Shoe Award, presented by clergywomen of the North Carolina Annual Conference for “encouragement and support of women in ministry through advocacy, appointment, mentoring and friendship.”

In 1968, Janet Elaine Dowell and Paul Lee Leeland were married. They have three married children: Rebekah, Nora and Paul Andrew. They have six grandchildren.


Complimentary tickets are required for this event, and must be picked up in advance. Each undergraduate day candidate for graduation is permitted a maximum of two guest tickets (the graduate will be required to show their Passport Card for entry).

Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A ticket does not guarantee admittance.  We will do everything we can to maximize seating capacity and have arranged for a video broadcast to the church fellowship hall. Guests should expect to wait in line.

Tickets may be picked up during normal office hours (8:30-7:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday) from April 25 to May 3 at the R.G. Wanek Center philanthropy tables.

August and December 2017 candidates for graduation who are not able to pick up tickets at the designated locations are asked to contact the Campus Concierge at (336) 841-4636.

Baccalaureate is for High Point University undergraduate day candidates for graduation, their families and guests, and university faculty, staff, students and special guests. It is not open to the general public.

General Information

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Chestnut Drive and Westchester Drive (1225 Chestnut Drive) in High Point. Parking will be available at the church.

Guests must enter the Church with everyone in their party in order to be seated together. Saved seats are not permitted. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to accommodate as many families as possible. 

Parking will be available for guests with disabilities on a first-come, first-served basis adjacent to the church.  Drivers must display state issued placards or license plates to enter the parking lot.  Please enter the first entrance on the right coming from Westchester Drive.

Appropriate attire for this event is business attire.

Flash photography and video cameras are not permitted inside the church during the service.

Candidates for Graduation Information

Full academic regalia is required for this service. The line of march will assemble at 3:15 p.m. in the covered walkway in front of the Church. The Junior Marshals are in charge of the line of march, and candidates for graduation are asked to line up as requested by the Junior Marshals.

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