Commencement 2016


Friday, May 5, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Speaker: Reverend Dr. J. Alexander Ward, Jr.


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.

alward_0714_finalRev. Preston Davis is the Minister to the University, serving as pastor to the students, faculty, and staff of High Point University. He is responsible for overall leadership of Hayworth Chapel and religious life of High Point University. Prior to coming to High Point, Rev. Davis pastored churches in Atlanta, New York City, and western North Carolina. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. In addition to serving the High Point University community, Rev. Davis preaches regularly in the Triad area and beyond. His writing has been published in Charlotte magazine, the Charlotte ObserverReligion Dispatches, and Union in Dialogue.


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 from April 28 to May 5 at the R.G. Wanek Center philanthropy tables.

August and December 2016 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 special needs 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.

Additional Resources

Official HPU Press Release

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