Welcome!

All are welcome to attend Wesleyan’s 184th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 22 at 11 a.m. Faculty and Undergraduates assemble on the top of Foss Hill at 10 a.m.The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online. Bryan Stevenson will deliver the Commencement address; check out the list of the honorary degree recipients. View story

A complete listing of weekend events is available here; this schedule is subject to change. Please visit the Class of 2016 blog for more information about senior week and other events. Check back often for updates.

Registration

Please register online here; online registration is open through Friday, May 6.

Who should register?

All alumni should register for the weekend, parents and families of graduating seniors should register if they’re planning to attend any fee-based events, or if they’d like to have a welcome packet of information (including nametags for all registrants) when they arrive on campus for the weekend. You do not have to register to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

Outdoor Commencement Ceremony on Andrus Field

Andrus Field is nestled in the center of campus. The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library and seating is available on Andrus Field.
Indoor (Simulcast) Commencement Ceremony locations

The ceremony will also be broadcast live (rain or shine) inside air-conditioned, accessible buildings on campus and on the web at wescast.wesleyan.edu. The simulcast locations are the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli '92 Theater, Center for the Arts Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at the Exley Science Center. The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2–2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online.

Tickets

All are welcome to attend Wesleyan's 184th Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. The 5,000 chairs on Andrus Field (some are outside, some under the large tent with full view of the podium) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs). Andrus Field is nestled in the center of campus. The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library.

Water

Wesleyan is proud to announce its second bottled water-free Commencement. Reusable bottles and water stations are available to keep guests hydrated. If you do not wish to take your reusable bottle home with you, please leave it under your chair or place in one of the clear recycling containers located on Andrus Field or at the President’s Commencement Celebration so that we can reuse bottles for future occasions. 

Inclement Weather 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. 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 860/685-5678. The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater,Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online. Please check the Reunion landing page or the WesCast (webcast) page for details the week of May 16, 2016.

Following the ceremony

President’s Commencement Celebration: A reception celebrating the Class of 2016 will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the size of the gathering, families and students who wish to meet during the reception are encouraged to identify a “meeting place” in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.

Visitors with Disabilities

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people.  

Sign language interpreters/real time captioning

Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning must be made by May 6. Contact Dana Coffin in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations if you have questions.

Accessible Seating

Andrus Field is nestled in the center of campus.  The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library. The accessibility seating section is adjacent to the Memorial Chapel/back of the Public Affairs Center. Each disabled person may be accompanied by two family members in the accessible section. Guests may sign-up for the accessible seating section here. Contact Dana Coffin in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations if you have questions. 

Accessibility Parking

Mobility impaired guests may park in the "C" lot off of Church Street or the Office of Admission parking lot.  University staff and students driving golf carts will be available at each lot to assist in transporting guests to-and-from the accessibility section on Andrus Field. Drivers may also drop of guests on Wyllys Avenue and then park elsewhere. Visitors needing accessible parking may also utilize any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued plate or placard from any state. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons with disabilities may also utilize special shuttle services Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. by calling 860-982-8031 during the weekend (this number will not be monitored in advance) to make arrangements.  Guests may sign-up for accessible parking here.  Please contact Dana Coffin if you have further questions.