Essentials for Families

For Everyone For Classes For Families


Parents and families of the Class of 2014 should arrange for hotel/motel accommodations as soon as possible. Please refer to the accommodations section of Wesleyan's Visitors Guide for information regarding local accommodations.


All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register if they wish to purchase any meal tickets and are encouraged to register even if they do not wish to attend any meals.

Parents and families of graduating seniors, please see below the list of ticket prices for meals available. Onsite registration is available at the Usdan University Center. Tickets for meals may also be purchased at the meal location.

Friday, May 24
Welcome Picnic (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)
$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12
$5 per person for children 12 and under

Red, Black and GREEN! Dinner (5–9 p.m.)     

$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12
$8 per person for children 12 and under

Shabbat Dinner (7:45 p.m.)     
$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12
$8 per person for children 12 and under

Saturday, May 25
All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill (1–3 p.m.)     
$10 per person for all adults and children

Sunday, May 26
Brunch, Sunday (8 a.m.–1 p.m.)     
$18 per person for all adults and children over age 12
$5 for children 12 and under

Online Registration Deadline

Online registration will close on Friday, May 9. In order to process all registrations and prepare materials for your arrival, we cannot accept registrations after that date. If you miss the deadline, the next opportunity for you to register will be onsite, during the weekend. Registrations received onsite may be assessed an onsite surcharge.

On-site registration Hours:
  • Thursday, 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m.–Midnight
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you have questions about Registration or plan to arrive after registration closes, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at or (860) 685-2116.

What is a WESenior?

Not to be confused with a graduating senior, a WESenior is a Wesleyan alumnus who has already had their 50th reunion (Classes of 1936 through 1963).

Commencement Ceremony Rain Plan

The Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine. Under certain weather conditions, the ceremony may be shifted from the open field, where seating is unlimited, into the large tent on Andrus Field. Although the tent accommodates numerous spectators, seating is limited. In this scenario, we respectfully request that each graduate limit his/her guests to 3 seats under the tent. Please come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.

In the event of an implementation of the rain plan, information will be posted on the Wesleyan homepage and the Reunion & Commencement website, and graduating seniors will be notified via email. Details will also be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) and an outgoing message will be on the main University phone number at (860) 685-2000. The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Crowell Concert Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online.

Please check or for details the week of May 18, 2014.

Caps and Gowns

Seniors order caps and gowns from Broad Street Books. The cost for a Bachelor’s Cap and Gown is $39.00 and includes mortar board, gown, and tassel. The packages are sized according to height.  Quantities by size are based on expected number of graduates and historical sales. The earlier graduates place their order, the more likely they are to get the exact size need. All Bachelor’s degree recipients wear red  at Wesleyan.

The bookstore is open:
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday     9 AM to 5 PM.

If you have any questions please contact the bookstore at (860) 685-7323.

Please note for those who do not have the financial resources, there are caps and gowns available through the Usdan University Center.  Email Michelle Myers-Brown at or visit her in the Usdan University Center. These caps and gowns were offered for reuse through the return program set up by the Student Affairs staff and previous years’ seniors.  There are limited numbers.


Members of the Class of 2014 may obtain their diplomas on Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.

Tickets to Commencement

Everyone is welcome at Commencement, there are no tickets and seats cannot be reserved in advance. The chairs on Andrus Field are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs) and under the tent on Andrus Field. Information about accessibility seating for persons with disabilities is available here.

Class Rings

Wesleyan class rings can ordered directly through the Jostens website.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements can be ordered for this year's ceremony through the Jostens website.

Videos and Photos

DVDs of Commencement are available from Collegiate Video, P.O. Box 376, Newfane, VT 05345. DVDs cost $75 plus $7 shipping and handling. Contact Collegiate Video at (802) 365-4414 or via e-mail at, or the Office of Parent Programs at (860) 685-3756 for an order form and more information.

A photographer from GradImages® will be at the ceremony to take candid photographs of at the special moment of recognition. Graduates will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to After the ceremony you may order online or call 800-261-2576. Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony. To pre-register your permanent email address and receive a $5.00 coupon towards a purchase of $25.00 please visit and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to 6 additional relatives and/or friends. GradImages® never has and never will sell or share the address/email information provided to us to any other vendor.

Graduates may also purchase copies of their class photo taken during Freshman Orientation through