Film Studies

Reunion & Commencement 2013

On May 26th of 2013 785 undergraduate students received their degrees at Wesleyan University's 181st Commencement Ceremony. The Ceremony included a Commencement Address delivered by Wesleyan alumnus Joss Whedon, a Film Studies major who graduated in 1987. The text of Whedon's Address can be found here and a video of the Address can be found here.

Along with Whedon another Film Studies graduate, Majora Carter, was presented with an honorary degree. Carter graduated in 1988 and has gone on to great success in efforts to promote sustainability and urban revitilization. The video of Carter's speech can be found here.

More about Carter and the other honorary degree recepients can be found here.

During Reunion and Commencement weekend film majors, their families, alumni, and friends of the Film department gather for a breakfast, to watch Senior Theses films, and to take a tour of the Rick Nicita Gallery. 

  • Alum Becky Gillig.
  • Alumni are riveted by Professor Higgins.
  • Senior Dema Paxton Fofang with Professor Collins and alum Thaddeus Ruzicka.
  • Senior Michael Steves with his family and fellow senior Will Feinstein.
  • Senior Scott Kan is excited for the Film Department breakfast.
  • President Michael Roth,  Joss Whedon, and Professor Jeanine Basinger.
  • Curator Andrea MCarty with senior and Archives worker Taylor Morales.
  • Curator of the Cinema Archives Andrea McCarty
  • Senior Taylor Morales and family alongside Cinema Archives Curator Andrea McCarty.
  • Film majors from the class of 2033.
  • Senior Chris McNabb with family and Professor Steve Collins.
  • Professor Katja Straub.
  • Alumni of the Class of 2003, including our Programming and Technical Manager Marc Longenecker.
  • Alumni are riveted by Professor Higgins.
  • Alumni smile big for Film Studies.
  • Corwin-Fuller Professor Jeanine Basinger with Chair Professor Scott Higgins.
  • Senior Danny Witkin and his family pose.
  • Seniors Sam Barth and Will Feinstein celebrate.
  • Senior Gabriel Urbina poses next to the Film Theses poster.
  • Senior Gus Vita with family and Professor Collins.
  • Senior Stefan Skripak and family.
  • Seniors Erica Chon, ChiChi Le, and Max Brivic.
  • Seniors Jess Seward and Beck Kitis.
  • Student worker Mara shows her enthusiasm.
  • Student worker Nate greets guests.
  • Student workers Olivia and Rizky smile for the camera.
  • Breakfast.