On Saturday, June 6, 2020, 86 Wesleyan Christian Academy seniors became the first class to participate in an outdoor graduation ceremony at Wesleyan's Sandy Ridge Road Campus. Adorned in red caps and gowns, the students marched in a procession led by Band Director Kyle Auman performing "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes, from the open pavilion to the adjacent parking lot, where parents awaited.
The seniors took their seats in 86 carefully spaced chairs facing a large covered stage where Dr. Rob Brown, head of school, Pastor John Vernon, school board chairman, Mr. Tim Rickman, high school principal, and Pastor Paul Coates, keynote speaker, were seated. With parents in parked cars directly behind the graduates tuned in to a local FM frequency enabling them to hear the ceremony, High School Principal Tim Rickman welcomed guests, faculty, and graduates to the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony.
CLASS OF 2020 FACTS & STATS
AWARDED 5.2 MILLION IN MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
1 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED SCHOLAR (AUSTIN CARROLL)
16 COLLEGE ATHLETE COMMITS
79% ARE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
87 % ARE SENIOR BETA CLUB MEMBERS
99% WILL ATTEND COLLEGE IN THE FALL
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In the weeks prior to graduation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools in the area had scheduled drive-through graduations or canceled ceremonies altogether. However, Dr. Brown, Mr. Rickman, the high school teachers, and staff pulled together to brainstorm a variety of plans and submitted them to the Guilford County Health Department in hopes something could be approved. Mr. Rickman explained, "There were days that we weren't sure we would be able to pull this off, but by the grace of God, we did it. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful moment for these young men and women—and for their parents who have looked forward to this moment since the day they were born."
Even with a balmy 90 degrees in High Point, the smiles on students' and parents' faces spoke volumes, as did the opening line of Valedictorian Logan Weist's address to classmates, "Well, long-time, no-see guys." Indeed, the Class of 2020's last moments together prior to graduation were Sunday, March 22, when they had returned to North Carolina from their senior class trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Though they'd lost much time together this year, Senior Class President Andrew Baker, Salutatorian Austin Carroll, and Weist represented their classmates' resilience well in their addresses. They spoke of memories on campus, class trips, lessons learned over the years, and their love for classmates, teachers, and Wesleyan as a whole. This graduation may not have been the one they expected when they stepped onto campus in August of 2019, but it was clear it didn't take away from the value and appreciation of the education they had received, the friendships they had built, and the truth of Jesus Christ that they had learned during their time at Wesleyan.
The 2020 recipient of the Phillip C. Schrum Christian Service and Leadership Award was Andrew Baker, son of Scott and Charwyne Baker of Greensboro, N.C.
We invite you to watch Wesleyan Christian Academy's
Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony here.