182nd Commencement Ceremony

Welcome!

All are welcome to attend Wesleyan’s 182nd Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 25 at 11 a.m. Tickets are not required to attend. 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). 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.

Below is a list of activities for graduates and their families. Visit the Reunion & Commencement schedule for a complete listing of Weekend events. The schedule is subject to change. Check back often for updates.

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Commencement overview

Honorary degree recipients

The Honorary Degree Recipients for 2014 are Theodore Shaw ’76 (Commencement Speaker), Helena Chmura Kraemer, and Hayden White. Read more…

Registration

Please register when you arrive, at the Usdan University Center. (Online registration closed on May 9.)

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.

Weekend Essentials

Find out all you need to know about this exciting weekend on the Weekend Essentials page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the weekend? Check out answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Visitors with Disabilities

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning must be made by May 9. Contact Dana Coffin in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations if you have questions. Visitors needing accessible parking may 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 to make arrangements.

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. 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. Each disabled person may be accompanied by one family member in the accessible section (located on the area adjacent to the Zelnick Pavilion and Public Affairs Center). Contact Dana Coffin in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations if you have questions.

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, Crowell Concert Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at the Exley Science Center.

Please contact Dana Coffin if you have further questions.

Thursday, May 22

2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

5:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Senior Class Semiformal

Attendance is limited to graduating seniors only.

Friday, May 23

9:00 AM to 12:15 AM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2014 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.
Registrar’s Office, North College (show in map)

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Senior Class Film Screenings

A complete and detailed schedule of screening times can be found here and at Registration in the Usdan University Center.
Center for Film Studies

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

SOLD OUT Welcome Picnic Lunch

Join friends, classmates, and family members for lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend.
TICKETS: This event has reached capacity.  We are unable to sell tickets on site for the Welcome Picnic Lunch.  This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Lunch is included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1936 through 1963) and their guests. To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this lunch.  Please click on the Friday lunch option when registering if you plan to attend.

All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:
$20 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$5 per person for children 12 and under
Tent, Russell House (show in map)

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Champagne Reception for graduating Seniors and Their Families

Join graduating seniors and their families and friends, as well as other members of the Wesleyan community, for champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres at this casual reception. We are grateful to our anonymous hosts who have made this event possible.
Russell House Lawn (tent) (show in map)

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Red, Black and Green! All-College Dinner

Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal, eco-friendly buffet dinner in the Marketplace at the Usdan University Center.
TICKETS: This event requires advance purchase/registration. Dinner is included in the registration fee for WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963) and members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this dinner.  Please click on the Friday Red, Black, and Green Dinner option when registering if you plan to attend.

All other reunion classes, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register:
$20 per person for adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$8 per person for children 12 and under
Usdan University Center (show in map)

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

SOLD OUT: Randy Newman P'14 in Concert: A Benefit for Financial Aid

With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has created musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. In addition to his acclaimed solo recordings—such as Randy Newman, 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, and Harps and Angels—and regular international touring, Newman composes and scores for films, including The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. (which he also scored). Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, two Academy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Enjoy this solo performance by Randy Newman P’14, with all proceeds benefiting financial aid. 
TICKETS: This concert is sold out.  There is a possibility that a limited number of tickets may be released prior to the performance. Please check in with the University Box Office when you arrive on campus for the weekend to see if there are any tickets available for purchase.
$125: includes post-performance reception with Randy Newman P'14, CD and preferred seating; $50: includes one ticket, general seating; $25 for students: includes one ticket, general seating
QUESTIONS? Contact us at thisiswhy@wesleyan.edu or call (860) 685-3870
Crowell Concert Hall

9:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday Night Party

Featuring Two Alumni Bands-- Gary and the Wombats followed by Dave Keller
Gary and the Wombats: Dance to late '50s and early '60s Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll with Wesleyan's own Gary and the Wombats who will  re-create the early '60s House Party sound for their 9th Wesleyan Reunion engagement. Established at Wesleyan  the same year as the Beatles and Rolling Stones came together, the Wombats still play for reunions  (at Mt. Holyoke, Princeton, Williams, and Dartmouth as well as Wesleyan), charity events, weddings, and parties. The Wombats, who are joined for this special occasion by a founder of another famous '60s band from Wesleyan - Uranus and the Five Moons.
With band members: Steve Flance '65 (Guitar); Brooke Jones '64 (Sax); Leon Robinette '64 (Drums); David Dunton '88 (Keyboards); Richard Smith '65 (Base) 

Dave Keller '89 is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. Keller got his start performing in Wesleyan bands Cup O' Pizza and Rhythm Method. About.com recently said that "Dave Keller is gonna be huge!" and it’s starting to seem that way. Keller’s new CD, Soul Changes, is a 2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul/Blues Album. Recorded with Al Green's original band, it received a prestigious 4-star review from Paris' Soul Bag, and has earned praise from blues legends including Bobby 'Blue' Bland, and Ronnie Earl who calls it, “one of the best records I've ever heard.” Keller's previous CD, Where I'm Coming From, won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and reached #2 on SiriusXM's B.B. King's Bluesville.
Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of the blues: spending many years as the protege of soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain; touring regularly with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls; and recording and co-writing with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl. Based in Vermont, Keller tours nationally with his band: Brett Hoffman on drums, Gary Lotspeich on bass, and Ira Friedman on organ. You can listen to and/or purchase his music at www.davekeller.com
Cash bar.
Patricelli '92 Theater

Saturday, May 24

8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:30 AM

Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1, 3.2, 4.3 Mile Courses)

Start the day off with an exhilarating run through campus.
Meet at the base of Foss Hill (show in map)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Academic Open House

ART & ART HISTORY: Courtyard, Davison Art Center
ART STUDIOS: Courtyard, Davison Art Center
FILM STUDIES: Center for Film Studies
MUSIC: Courtyard, Davison Art Center

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Senior Class Film Screenings

A complete and detailed schedule of screening times can be found here and at Registration in the Usdan University Center.
Center for Film Studies

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Academic Open House

ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House
CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House
DANCE: Cross Street Dance Studio
MEDIEVAL STUDIES:  Lounge, Downey House

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Gathering for Graduating Seniors and their Grandparents

All grandparents and their graduating seniors are invited to a special gathering to celebrate the many successes of Wesleyan’s Class of 2014. 
HOSTED BY: Maurice and Elizabeth Pinto GP’14
NOTE: We're sorry, but this event has reached capacity on April 23. We respectfully ask that only grandparents and graduating seniors who registered on or before that date attend this popular event. 
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (show in map)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR The Senior Thesis: A Showcase of Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session several senior theses will be highlighted, representing a cross section of student research and creative output. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their investigations.
Moderator: Marina Melendez '83 MALS '88, Dean for the Class of 2014
Presenters: Taylor Goodstein ‘14, “Looking Inward: Examining the Broken Brain and Reducing Stigma”; Ryan Graff ‘14, “Glucose regulation of novel protein complexes with potential roles in the metabolic regulation of cancer cells”; Emma MacLean ’14, “Freak, Out!: Disability Representation in Theatre”; Oluwaremilekun “Remi” Ojurongbe ‘14, “Illegality, Criminality, and the Taxpayer's Burden: The Incomplete U.S Immigration Narrative”; and Maxwell Votey ‘14, “Oppressed Oppressors: The Kuban Cossack Revival in Post-Soviet Russia”. 
Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

Join Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner Odede ’09 for a discussion of their work in Kenya's slums, combating urban poverty through girls' education and gender equity. They will also discuss their current writing project, a book about their work together, to be published by Ecco (a division of HarperCollins) in 2015. The challenges of shaping a narrative will be one of our topics.
Moderator: Anne Greene, Adjunct Professor of English, Director of Writing Programs, Director, Wesleyan Writers Conference
Presenters: Kennedy Odede ’12 is one of Africa’s best- known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. Kennedy lived for twenty- three of his thirty years in the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty first hand. The oldest of eight children, he became a street-child at the age of ten. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. In 2004 he had a job in a factory earning $1 for ten hours of work. He saved 20 cents and used this to buy a soccer ball and start Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, Shining Hope became the largest grassroots organization in the slum. He graduated in 2012 as the Student Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology. Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, and was named to FORBES "30 under 30” list for top Social Entrepreneurs in 2014.  He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  His writing about urbanization has appeared on CNN, Project Syndicate and in the New York Times.  
Jessica Posner Odede ’09 is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality and is spreading across Nairobi's slums.  Jessica is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and activist.  She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under” live on VH1. Jessica also received the prestigious 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship. Shining Hope for Communities won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition and has received funding from Newman’s Own Foundation, Barclay's, The Ford Foundation, GE, among many others.  Shining Hope for Communities has been featured by President Bill Clinton, on NBC by Chelsea Clinton, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.  The organization will serve almost 70,000 people in 2014, opening a second school for girls in another urban community.  Jessica is twenty-seven years old and graduated phi beta kappa from Wesleyan University.  She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Co-sponsored by Writing at Wesleyan and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Academic Open House

EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
 11 a.m. - Japanese Garden Lecture and Tour
12 p.m. - Reception and Chinese Music Ensemble

11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Assemble for the Traditional Parade of Classes

Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. rain or shine, and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.
Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (show in map)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting

Featuring Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin '79

Including the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards and Outstanding Service Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
David Knapp '49
Rusty Hardin '64
Edwin Sanders '69  
John Shapiro '74
Governor Peter Shumlin '79
Karen Donfried '84  
Miguel Arteta '89  
Jessica Posner Odede '09  

Outstanding Service Award Recipient
Stephen Oleskey '64 P'00

Memorial Chapel (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

This lively festival of entertainment and games is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. Don’t miss the magic show, tattoos, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Lunch is included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1936 through 1963) and their guests. To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this lunch.  Please click on the All-College lunch option when registering if you plan to attend. All other reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of the graduates will be charged the following for lunch:
$10 per person for adults and children (including graduates)
Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Academic Open House

ECONOMICS: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall
GOVERNMENT: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
HISTORY: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
PSYCHOLOGY: Allbritton 311
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Tent, Religious Studies

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

SOCIOLOGY: Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES: Russell House
SCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Russell House
PHILOSOPHY: Russell House

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Academic Open House

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES SENIORS RECEPTION: CSS Lounge (406), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Academic Open House

ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro, Room 6
BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Library, 41 Wyllys Avenue
COMPUTER SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center
MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR: Terrace, Exley Science Center
PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures
RUSSIAN: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures
RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

WESEMINAR Thesis Art Talk

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2014's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Talk by Telfair and introduction of the artists at 2:45 p.m. Reception from 2-4 p.m.
Presenter: Tula Telfair, Professor of Art
Co-sponsored by University Relations
Main Gallery, Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery


2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Athletic Department Senior Awards Presentation

Come celebrate the accomplishments of our senior student-athletes as they gather together one final time as undergrads in Silloway Gymnasium.
Silloway Gymnasium, Freeman Athletic Center

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Academic Open House

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES ALUMNI RECEPTION: CSS Lounge (406), Public Affairs Center (PAC) 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WESEMINAR Celebrating 10 Years of Long Lane Farm: Alumni in Agriculture

In the spring of 2004 a group of Wesleyan students broke ground on 1 acre of the then newly-acquired Long Lane School property. The land initially provided a place for student-led forums on sustainable agriculture to put theory into practice and has evolved organically into a thriving space for students to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture while fostering meaningful connections with the greater community. In its first decade the farm has provided produce for Middletown restaurants, local markets, student dining services and Middletown charities, operated a small-scale CSA, and partnered with local foundations to offer summer educational opportunities for Wesleyan students as well as Middletown residents. Come join in the celebration of the continued growth and relevance of this project with a panel of alumni who cultivated their passion for farming at Long Lane Farm and continue to contribute in diverse ways to the field of agriculture. 
Presenters: Rachel Lindsay '05 was a co-founder of Long Lane Farm and the first Summer Manager.  She worked at several CSA farms in Massachusetts and in 2009 was awarded a Fulbright to work with farmers in Nicaragua.  She is the current Communications and Sustainability Director for Social Business Network, a non-profit that works with Fair-trade agricultural cooperatives. Sophie Ackoff ’11 worked with Long Lane Farm and Bon Appetit to bring locally produced food to campus while she was a student, and has since worked with Food and Water Watch and apprenticed at Glynwood Farm in NY. She is currently the Membership and Development Coordinator for the National Young Farmers Coalition. Additional Presenters TBD.
Room 116, Judd Hall

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Academic Open House

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies
ENGLISH: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM

Academic Open House

THEATER: Theater Lounge, Theater Studios

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Anugerah: Student Performance Showcase

Anugerah is a Malay word that means 'gifts or presents given to the deserving.' Anugerah also means 'a tribute' and this showcase is precisely that - a heartfelt tribute to family, friends and all those who have supported us along the way. This showcase is especially dedicated to parents and families of international students, many of whom only get the chance to be on campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. ALL students and parents are welcome. Refreshments will be provided after the performance in World Music Hall.
World Music Hall

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)

Please find the senior reflections here.
Come join the class of 2014 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.
Featured Speaker: Professor Sarah Mahurin, Visting Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Wesleyan University
Senior Reflections by: Megan Cash '14, Prince Carter '14, Joshua Krugman '14
Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

9:00 PM

Traditional All-College Sing

Led by: John Spurdle, Jr. '59 P'86 and William B. B. Moody '59, P'91
Steps of North College; Rainsite: Memorial Chapel

10:00 PM to 1:00 AM

All-Campus Party Featuring mamarazzi and Illegalize

mamarazzi: Rooted in the sweaty dance floor revivals that have defined their live shows over the past five years, Brooklyn's "8-piece Afro-funk-hop Juggernaut" mamarazzi serves up a deliciously greasy dish with spices cultivated from across the planet.  Spontaneously combusting under the careless scientific supervision of a group of Wesleyan University alumni, mamarazzi has since been on its perpetual quest to leave no genre behind and no hip unshaken. The band likens its sound to a laced grapefruit: tart funk, acidic groove, pulp-n-rind hiphop, and nectar of ancient lullaby. Drawing on diverse influences such as Fela Kuti, Radiohead, George Clinton, Frank Zappa, and Lauryn Hill, mamarazzi is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of New York City's best and most creative live bands.
Featuring from mamarazzi: Eugene Delacroix; Eric Herman '05; Sam Bathrick '04; Tacuma Bradley '04; Rob Cohen '06; Andrea Belfiore; Tavi Fields '02

Illegalize is an independent hip-hop band based in Brooklyn, consisting of a male and female rap duo, live drums, bass, keyboards, and a female vocalist. Their sound is a soulful blend of raw New York hip-hop, sonically rich psychedelic funk, and Brazilian undercurrents. A once house-party, jam-based band formed at college, Illegalize is now reunited several years later, bringing new life experiences and perspectives to its current incarnation. In 2013, the band released their self-produced second EP, Tortoise Style, available as a free download from illegalize.bandcamp.com.  Check out a recent blog post from Wesleying.
Featuring from Illegalize: Jon Souza '04; Tavi Fields '02; Kieran Meadows '04; Joaquin Cotler '05; Pat Dalbey; Sascha Weiss '04; and DJ Russian Bear (Peter Seidman '04). They are from Brooklyn, Harlem, and New Jersey.
Tent, Andrus Field

Sunday, May 25

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

All Campus Brunch Buffet

Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in the new Usdan University Center.

Tickets: This event requires ticket purchase at time of registration. Brunch is included in the registration fee for WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963) and members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we’d like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this brunch. Please let the staff at the Usdan Center registration desk know when you register on campus.

All other reunion classes, graduates, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register: $18 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates), and $5 per person for children 12 and under.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Registration and Information

Usdan University Center (show in map)

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Class of 2014 Wish Ties

Students in the Class of 2014 created wish ties when they first arrived on campus in August 2010 as part of the First Year Matters program Feet to the Fire: Feast or Famine. The practice of making "wish ties" or "prayer ties" is found in many world traditions and was used to inspire students to think more personally about their relationship with the environment. On one side of the tie is their wish for the planet and on the other side is their wish for their four years at Wesleyan. You are invited to untie and read them. Please replace them on the rope when you are finished.
Courtyard between Usdan University Center and 41 Wyllys Avenue

10:00 AM

Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement

Top of Foss Hill (show in map)

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

182nd Commencement Ceremony

Procession Map
[Procession Map]
PDF with instructions

The Honorary Degree Recipients for 2014 are Theodore Shaw ’76 (Commencement Speaker), Helena Chmura Kraemer, and Hayden White. Read more…

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 182nd 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).

Accessibility Seating and Parking: Visitors needing accessible parking may 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 to make arrangements. 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. 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. Each disabled person may be accompanied by one family member in the accessible section (located on the area adjacent to the Zelnick Pavilion and Public Affairs Center).

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.
Andrus Field (show in map)

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, 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 the Reunion landing page or the WesCast (webcast) page for details the week of May 19, 2014.
Tent, Andrus Field (show in map)

Following the ceremony

President’s Commencement Celebration: A reception celebrating the Class of 2014 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.
North and South College Lawn (show in map)

GLS Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution: GLS graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!
Tent, Davison Art Center (show in map)