Texas Wesleyan University continued to recognize its 125th  anniversary at Friday’s robing convocation.

The convocation, which has been a Wesleyan tradition since 1927, began at 11 a.m. and took place at Nicholas Martin Hall.

The ceremony began with an invocation given by Abbey Borghee, Student Government Association president and graduating senior.

University President Frederick Slabach then delivered his statement of purpose of the event saying that the ceremony gives students the opportunity to honor those professors that have guided them on their educational journey.

“Texas Wesleyan University is a place where individual members of the faculty go out of their way to assist and encourage students in realizing their full potential,” Slabach said.

Trista Allen, vice president of the Alumni Board of Directors, congratulated the graduating seniors on their transition from students to alumni.

“The Alumni Association looks forward to formally welcome you to full membership into the extended family that is Texas Wesleyan,” Allen said.

Tre Adams presented Starnisha Bodie and Jonathan Bravo with the Guardian of the Golden Shears Award.

“For more than 70 years, the Golden Shears Award has been presented to outstanding student leaders,” Adams said. “It is indeed an honor to be called a Guardian of the Golden Shears.”

The award honors students who excel in academics, possess leadership skills, and are active on campus. Bodie and Bravo were each given a blue and gold pin containing the letter “R”, the number “38”, and a pair of golden sheep shears to symbolize Wesleyan’s mascot, the ram.

The families and supporters of the around 150 graduating seniors then watched as Joe Brown, dean of freshman success, called each student to be robed by the faculty member of their choice.

Wesleyan’s spring commencement will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

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Dalise is a senior mass communication major. She graduated from Tarrant County College in May 2015 with an Associate of Arts degree and continued her education journey by joining Texas Wesleyan University in August 2015. She is most interested in the areas of public relations and advertising, and began practicing her communication and writing skills as a content producer for Rambler Media Group in Spring 2016.

She spent her summer working as a Marketing and Communications intern at the United Way of Tarrant County, before taking over as editor in chief of The Rambler the fall. She is spending her final semester at Wesleyan as IMG Director of Rambler Integrated Media Group in order to become more acquainted with the world of advertising. Her passion for communication intertwines with her love to entertain and bring the gift of laughter to those around her.

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