News Release

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

Wilmington University May Commencement Sees Increase of 90 Graduates

1170 students will take "the walk" to obtain their degrees.

When Wilmington University students line up to enter their graduation ceremony at the Chase Center at the Riverfront this Sunday, May 18, there will be nearly 100 more students walking for their degrees than at this time last year. 

There will be 1,170 degrees awarded in three separate ceremonies: 

9:30 a.m.  The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Business

1:00 p.m. The College of Education

The College of Health Professions

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

The College of Technology

With the completion of all commencement activities on Wednesday, at which time southern Delaware graduates will also receive their degrees at ceremonies held at the Georgetown location, Wilmington University will confer degrees on 3,300 students -- the total number of graduates in the class of 2014 at all locations. More than 150 graduates this spring completed their respective degree programs entirely online, with a graduate in San Jose, California qualifying as the graduate living furthest from Delaware and the New Castle campus. Those not able to join the ceremonies in person will share the experience via live stream over the Internet.

Every commencement features a student speaker selected by Wilmington University for exemplary academic performance and service to the community. This years speakers are: Tami Sherman, Doctor of Business degree candidate, College of Business; Robert Lockwood, Doctor of Education degree candidate, College of Education; Keshia Barnett, candidate for Bachelor of Science degree, College of Behavioral Science.

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.

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, for 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: Friday, May 16, 2014 - New Castle, DE