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Academic Convocation & Commencements

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Virtual Fall Academic Convocation & Commencement Ceremonies 


Join the Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary, Inc., for

Fall Academic Convocation & Commencement Ceremonies on Tuesday, October 20, 2020


While this year’s Fall Academic Convocation & Commencement Ceremonies might look a bit different, it is just as meaningful and celebratory as ever, as it represents the culmination of exceptional diligence, determination, and achievement by our WBTS graduates.

Please join us for a special virtual the ceremonies to honor all graduates and honorees.


20 OCT

11:00 am - EST.


John Harris


Terri L. Champion

Chairperson, Board of Regents

Terrell Carter

Acting President

Sigma Alpha Pi


THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS? The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.


The National Society of Leadership & Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, is a nationwide community that dramatically improves one's ability to successfully attain desired outcomes. Sigma Alpha Pi stands for success, action, and purpose. The society provides a curriculum to guide top-performing students through the process of identifying and committing to focused and dedicated actions that lead to their personal success and achievement of goals. The Online chapter of the National Society of Leadership & Success was established to provide elite Wayland's (Lockridge & Augustine) students from all disciplines the opportunity to develop student leadership skills. It accomplishes this through networking groups, leadership training, goal setting meetings, and speaker series events.


Through the course of a year students are taken through a leadership curriculum that includes:

  • Orientation Day – an event to introduce the society, discuss society benefits, inform students of the curriculum schedule, and provide a networking opportunity

  • Leadership Training Day – an event in which students are trained in leadership and success skills via an introspective and interactive training session in which students create a vision and action plan to achieve their goals and dreams

  • Speaker Events – the chapter hosts live speakers from top corporations and organizations as well as access to other live broadcasts through the society’s online portal – 3 events at minimum must be completed

  • Success Networking Meetings – students meet in groups for a minimum of 3 focused meetings for peer to peer leadership development to help set and achieve desired goals – 3 events at minimum must be completed

  • Induction – upon completion of these requirements there is a formal induction and awards ceremony which formally inducts students into the society

Sigma Alpha Pi




2020 Award Nominees 


Chancellor's Legacy Award

The Rev. Dr. William B. Moore

The Rev. Dr. Mary Whitley Moss


Druecillar Fordham Award

for Pastoral Excellence

The Rev. Dr. C. Diane Mosby

The Rev. Dr. Terry Oakman

Pastoral Appreciation Award

The Rev. Rose Hardy

Christian Leadership & Educator's Award

Dr. Cleonia Walker 

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2020 Honoris Causa Recipients 

Lenore A. Artis, Doctor of Humane Letters

Redman Caldwell, Doctor of Sacred Music

Brian Hunter, Doctor of Literature

Dion Nesmith, Doctor of Humane Letters

Janice Moore-Nesmith, Doctor of Laws

Kevin C. Peterson, Doctor of Humane Letters

Garland “Miche” Waller, Doctor of Sacred Music

Zak Williams, Doctor of Sacred Music

Austin Woodlin, Doctor of Fine Arts

Zora A. Wright, Doctor of Humane Letters

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