News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 295-1164

Wilmington University Holds 43rd Annual Winter Commencement Ceremonies

More than 1,325 students are preparing to receive their diplomas this Sunday as Wilmington University celebrates its 43rd Winter Commencement Ceremony at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

The graduating class is part of a student body totaling more than 18,000. This is the largest of Wilmington University’s three commencement ceremonies annually. The second commencement is held in New Castle County in May and the third, also in May, encompasses graduates at the university’s Georgetown location.

This Sunday's commencement will include three ceremonies honoring graduates of six of the University’s seven colleges. The ceremonies will occur in the following order:

9:30 a.m.    College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business

1:00 p.m.    College of Education; College of Health Professions

4:30 p.m.    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; College of Technology

Every ceremony features a student speaker selected by the University for exemplary academic performance and service to the community. University President Dr. Jack Varsalona will open each ceremony by greeting the graduates and their families and Dr. James D. Wilson Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, will present the degree candidates.

A number of undergraduate and graduate degree recipients will receive academic achievement awards. Chief among these are the President's Award and the Trustees Award. Student award winners are not made aware that they will be receiving their awards prior to their graduation ceremony. 

If you go …

Due to fire regulations, only ticketed attendees, Wilmington University faculty, University staff and the media will be permitted to enter. Plan to arrive early as parking and seating will be to capacity. 

All attendees must check in at the receiving desk at the Chase Center main entrance.

The media is asked to check in at the Media Relations Desk inside the front doors of the Chase Center to receive additional information.   


About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to providing flexible, career-oriented traditional and online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and offering small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at or visit our web site at

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - New Castle, DE