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Friday, May 2, 2014 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Speaker: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball

The Baccalaureate ecumenical service is an occasion of thanksgiving and celebration that precedes commencement. It originated at Oxford University in 1432 as a required part of graduation. The service is led by HPU personnel, and the music is provided by the HPU Singers and the Chapel Choir.

Sandra L. Steiner Ball, the daughter of Edward J. and Marjorie W. Steiner, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Milford, Delaware.  She is a graduate of Dickinson College, (B.A. in Religion, 1984), Duke Divinity School (M.Div., 1987), and Wesley Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2003).

Sandra was ordained Deacon and Elder by Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.  She served as the first full-time associate pastor of Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, Maryland.  At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, Maryland, Sandra served as the church’s youngest and first female pastor.  She became the first female Dover District Superintendent.  Sandra served as the first female Director of Connectional Ministries in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.  During her last year as a DCM, she also served as interim pastor of Bayside Chapel, a new church start.  Sandra was in this position when elected to the episcopacy by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and was assigned to the West Virginia Area.

Bishop Steiner Ball was a first reserve delegate to the 2004 and first elected delegate to the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences of The United Methodist Church and to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conferences.  Sandra has served the general church in a variety of areas, including the Interjurisdictional Episcopacy Committee, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, and the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy.

Bishop Steiner Ball and her husband, The Rev. Barry D. Steiner Ball, have two daughters:  Sarah Elizabeth and Sandra Rebekah.


Complimentary tickets are required for this event, and must be picked up in advance. Each candidate for graduation is permitted a maximum of three tickets (the graduate and two guests).

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. If you were unable to get tickets for the Baccalaureate Service, we recommend that you attend anyway. We will make an effort to seat all those without tickets AND use our video broadcast if necessary.

Tickets may be picked up during normal office hours from April 23 to April 30 at the Slane Concierge Desk.

August and December 2013 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 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. Click here to see a map.

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

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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