Friday, May 6, 2022, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Frank K. Thomas
*Bachelor Degree Students Only
Reverend Dr. Thomas accepted his call to the gospel ministry in June 1985 and was ordained in January 1989 at his home church New Jerusalem Temple Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. He received a Master of Ministerial Arts degree from the A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology in Seattle, Washington and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida. During his military career, Dr. Thomas served military congregations in Korea; Fort Lewis, Washington; Aschaffenburg, Germany; Fort Ord, California; and as pastor of congregations in Kosovo and Schweinfurt, Germany. He also served in several ministry capacities within baptist churches in Olympia, Washington and Orange Park, Florida.
Prior to his retirement from the army in December 2007, he served as Interim Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina. In June 2009, he accepted the church’s call to become their 6th Pastor. During the first year after his arrival, he worked with the city on a project that resulted in the church building at 753 Washington Street being listed with the National Park Service as a Historic Site. The church has also purchased a Hammond organ and a 15 passenger bus with car-port. They have completed a restoration of the sanctuary and were recently the (gift) recipient of a full renovation project for the fellowship hall by F.L. Blum Construction Company of Winston Salem in 2016; along with adding a computer lab with computers donated by the City of High Point. Mt. Zion has also partnered with High Point University (HPU) to operate a Community Writing Center, an after-school program where HPU students mentor elementary and middle school students.
Dr. Thomas is currently the Executive Secretary for the Rowan Missionary Baptist Association; the former president of the Ministers Conference of High Point and Vicinity; and a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Committed to the community, he formerly served on the Board of Directors with the Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency (PHSSCA), High Point Jail Ministry, and Shepherd Center of Winston-Salem. And currently with the High Point Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board (2019 Chair), Business High Point, UnitedWay of Greater High Point (2018 Campaign Chair), Board of Visitors at High Point University, Board of Directors of Foundation for a Healthy High Point, and Board of Trustees of High Point Medical Center.
He and his wife Mary have three daughters, Alicia, Tiffany and Crystal and are the proud grandparents to two granddaughters, Autumn and Zur.
Complimentary tickets are required for this event. Bachelor Degree Students will be allowed a maximum of two (2) guest tickets. Each graduate is required to have a ticket.
From April 29 to May 6, tickets may be picked up from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Sunday at the Slane Student Center Concierge Desk.
A ticket does not guarantee admittance. Guests should expect to wait in line. We will do everything we can to maximize seating capacity and have arranged for a video broadcast to the church fellowship hall for overflow seating.
Baccalaureate is for High Point University undergraduate candidates for graduation, their families and guests, and special guests. It is not open to the general public.
General Information and Seating Policy
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. The class photo and toast will be immediately following the ceremony at Vert Stadium.
Baccalaureate is a very well-attended event during Commencement Weekend and their is limited seating inside the Wesley Memorial sanctuary. Doors will open at 3:00pm and guests must enter the Church with everyone in their party in order to be seated together. Saved seats are not permitted, all seats will be filled with no empty seats between guests. Ushers will escort guests to available seats. Baccalaureate guests should expect a line and be aware that a ticket does not guarantee a seat inside the sanctuary. 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 Dining Hall at the Church by entering through the doors marked with the red “Welcome” flags. 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.