College to Present Virtual Student Honors and Tyehimba Ceremonies

May 1, 2020

Annual Events Featured Online Wednesday and Thursday

Wilmington College will recognize a number of graduating seniors during a pair of virtual ceremonies that are normally held on campus in the days prior to Commencement.

PICTURED: From the 2019 Student Honors Convocation, President Jim Reynolds announces Mackenzie “Keni” E. Brown and Jayme L. Mabry as co-recipients of the Robert Lucas Leadership Award.

The 39th annual Student Honors Convocation will be held Wednesday (May 6), at 7 p.m. and the Tyehimba diversity celebration will be Thursday (May 7), at 7 p.m. Both can be viewed via the College’s website at

The Honors Convocation recognizes seniors with the College’s top academic major awards, Green Key Honor Society induction, Quaker Impact Awards and student leadership and service recognition, highlighted with the Lucas Leadership Award, normally presented at the Senior Lunch. Also, the Student Government Assn. will announce recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award and Van Black Award, the latter of which recognizes the faculty or staff member whose work on behalf of students far exceeds their specific position at WC,

Tyehimba is a Nigerian word meaning “we are a nation.”

The Office of Diversity + Inclusion presents this annual program to honor the College’s multicultural and international graduates and their families. All represented nationalities are celebrated during this event, along with students who were strong supporters of WC’s diversity efforts during their time at the College.

 “Many of these scholars have faced and overcome various challenges and statistics (not in their favor) to make it to this point,” director Chip Murdock said. “We celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role of their families as we observe this milestone of our seniors’ upcoming graduation.”

Additional ceremonies will include the presentation of the Art Brooks Diversity Excellence Award and the WC Diversity Impact Award.