Speaker: Dr. Michael B. Brown

Dr. Brown is a speaker, writer, professor, and pastor. For a decade, he was successor to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (author of The Power of Positive Thinking) and Dr. Arthur Caliandro (author of Make Your Life Count) as Senior Minister at Marble Collegiate Church on 5th Avenue in New York City. Prior to serving in NYC, Dr. Brown was the Pastor of such churches as Boone United Methodist, Central United Methodist, Asheville, and Centenary United Methodist, Winston-Salem, all in North Carolina. He also preaches each Sunday June-September at Blowing Rock Methodist (a seasonal Worship Chapel for tourists and summer residents in Blowing Rock, North Carolina) and travels nationally, October-May, preaching, lecturing, and speaking for churches, colleges and universities, seminaries, and corporate and civic organizations.

He is the author of numerous books, including Bottom Line Beliefs; A Five-Mile Walk; Making the Timeless Word Timely; The Love Principle; and, his newest book published in 2022, A Long-Ago Birth in a Right-Now World (reflections for the Advent/Christmas season). He has also been a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Journal for Preachers.

Dr. Brown taught Congregational Change at Wake Forest University Divinity School and Preaching (in the Doctor of Ministry program) at New Brunswick Theological School. He currently teaches Religion at High Point University (where he also serves as a Trustee) and Preaching for post-grads in a Continuing Education program for Duke University Divinity School.

He has hosted four ABC specials, two NBC specials, and has made guest appearances on numerous national podcasts, radio, and TV programs. During his years in New York City, Dr. Brown had a weekly television program that appeared in the tri-state area and was also viewed by people in 167 countries via live-streaming. He has had two PBS specials: Love Your Way to Happiness (2012) and 5 Steps to a Loving and Purposeful Life (2020). Dr. Brown was the preacher for the 2021 national ABC Christmas Eve Service, A Serenade For Shepherds (filmed at High Point University), which was rebroadcast in 2022 on NBC. He was the 2023 preacher for the national ABC Easter Service, Every Day Is Easter (filmed in Delray Beach, Florida).

In 2018, Dr. Brown received The Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking from the Peale Foundation. He also served as a member of Jeffrey Hayzlett’s C-Suite Thought Council. Our Town News honored him as Clergy of the Year in New York City in 2014.

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.

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.


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 27 to May 5, 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.

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.