The Wiley College family officially ushered in the 2018-2019 academic year during Fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 11 in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel.

While classes began on August 20 at Wiley, the excitement for the annual ceremony was apparent and contagious among students, faculty, staff, alumni, board trustees and supporters as they congregated in the sanctuary to welcome in the new academic year.

“If you are a new student, administrator, faculty, or staff member, welcome to the Wildcat family. If you are returning to our fold, welcome home, “said   Dr. Lisa Taylor, Dean of Education, in her greeting on behalf of faculty at Fall Convocation. “As faculty we hereby pledge to give our absolute best.  We will give you everything we have to provide a quality learning experience and superior service,” she said.   “However, to whom much is given, much is required.  We therefore expect each of you to give your very best. We love you. We are praying for you and we will walk beside you all the way.”

Greetings to warmly welcome students to the new year were also shared by Mr. George Stiell, Vice President of Business and Finance on behalf of the administration, Mr. Lorenzo Septs, Student Government Association President; and Ms. Donna Maisel, Executive Director, Marshall  Economic Development Corporation,  on behalf of the  community.

In his first keynote address to the full campus-wide community, Wiley College President Herman J. Felton Jr.   gave students practical advice on five key skills and abilities they should develop and utilize as tools to help them succeed in their studies – collaboration, communication, problem-solving, time management, and leadership.

Wiley College President Herman J. Felton Jr. addresses students at Fall Convocation, giving them practical advice on key skills and abilities that will help them succeed.

“My fellow Wildcats, the aforementioned are simple yet effective ways for you to have a solid foundation that can serve as a springboard for your excellent tenure and matriculation here at Wiley College,” said President Felton.  “Remember, your mind is a powerful thing.  When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.  Be resolved in your assertion of being the best version of you.  Be an advocate for your future.”

Wiley’s A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Artistic Director, performed two selections at Fall Convocation, “Victory Tide,” by William Grant Still (Music), and AL Stillman (text), and “Lord, Everywhere,” by Willis Laurence James.

In a refreshing change to the pledge standardly given by new students at Fall Convocation, the entire student body, led by Dr. Vaneshette T. Henderson, Vice President for Enrollment Services, stood and stated their commitment to aspire to excellence in academics and service.

Students pledge to aspire to excellence in academics and service at Fall Convocation.

Wiley College now embarks on its 146th year of continuous service since its founding in 1873.