SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As Wofford College marches toward graduation on Sunday, May 21, many events in May are centered on that important event. Other end-of-the-year events as well as Lifelong Learning at Wofford programs are planned.

All events listed are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Please check the online calendar at for frequent updates. For athletics events, please go to

For Lifelong Learning at Wofford membership and registration information, including costs, contact Tracey Southers at 864-597-4415 or visit

For more information, contact Laura Corbin at or 864-597-4180.

Tuesday, May 2
Lifelong Learning at Wofford: Tuesdays with Tracy
“Women in the Civil War”
Speaker: Dr. Tracy Revels
Noon, Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Dr. Tracy Revels, professor of history at Wofford, will discuss lesser-known facets of history and the women who helped shape it. The program is free to members of Lifelong Learning at Wofford and their guests.

Thursday, May 4
Lifelong Learning at Wofford: Ho’oponopono (“to make right”) – an interactive Hawaiian ceremony
Speaker: Kaleo Wheeler
3 p.m., Garrett Room, Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

Starting with the modern form of Ho’oponopono for problem solving that is so popular for many people on the Mainland today, come and explore the deeper and more ancient Hawaiian forms of forgiving and healing of conflict in relationships through one of the most sacred values of this ancient culture that is all about maintaining the harmony of the family. Kaleo Wheeler will teach participants practical and simple techniques to experience how to forgive through embracing and holding the most graceful and elegant space of healing to release anger and fear through praise, encouragement and appreciation. Ho’oponopono is said to be one of the soundest methods to restore and maintain good family relationships that any society as ever devised. It helps us to cultivate the qualities of loving-kindness and compassion through a practice of forgiveness, gratitude and blessing for yourself and others. Cost is $20 per person.

Monday, May 8
Lifelong Learning at Wofford: Prose Writing Workshop for Fiction and Non-Fiction (Part 2)
5 p.m., Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

In this casual writing workshop taught by Rachel Richardson, writers will have a chance to have their work read and constructively critiqued by their peers. Through group discussions, creative exercises and close analysis, writers will develop editing skills and learn to critique their own work. At the end of the semester, participants will have the chance to share their work at a public reading. Due to the time restraints for each workshop, registration is limited to the first 10 registrants. A $10 per participant fee covers the cost of the workshop and a gourmet fruit and cheese platter.

Tuesday, May 9
Honors Convocation
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Wofford College will present academic awards and other recognitions of students at the annual Honors Convocation. The new Presidential International Scholar also will be announced.

Tuesday, May 9
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
4 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

New members of Phi Beta Kappa will be initiated at this event. Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Friday, May 12
Last day of Spring Semester classes. Final exams, May 15-19.

Friday, May 19
Southern Guards Battalion Spring Commissioning Ceremony
2 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Southern Guards Battalion will continue the time-honored tradition of commissioning its graduating cadets to the rank of second lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve and National Guard. A reception will follow in the Anna Todd Wofford Center in Andrews Field House.

Saturday, May 20
Baccalaureate Service
5 p.m., lawn of Main Building

This special service will be followed by a reception on the lawn. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Benjamin Johnson Arena in the Campus Life Building.

Sunday, May 21
Commencement Exercises
9:30 a.m., lawn of Main Building

The 2017 Commencement Exercises will be held for Wofford’s Class of 2017. Members of the Class of 1967 will be honored guests. Special recognitions and awards will be presented along with graduates’ diplomas.

Monday, May 22
Lifelong Learning at Wofford: Stories from Lifelong Learners
5 p.m., Montgomery Room, Burwell Building

Join Lifelong Learning at Wofford for this dinner event celebrating the stories we all have to tell. Enjoy dinner while listening to selected stories written and told during the spring semester writing courses and workshops. Cost is $15 per person; a cash bar also will be available.

Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday. Administrative offices closed.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Through May 16
7th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

This exhibit is composed of works by Wofford students. The juror for this year’s exhibition is Jane Nodine, professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate.