Commencement

Wesleyan University’s 185th Commencement: Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Wesleyan University commencement ceremony is held on Andrus Field, with unlimited outdoor seating for guests. The commencement program begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1 p.m. GLS graduates and their families are invited to a special reception immediately following the ceremony. GLS grads may elect to attend the ceremony, the reception, or both!

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  • Wesleyan GLS Commencement Overview

    Sunday, May 28, 2017
     
    9:30 a.m.
    Commencement Preparation 

    Downey House Lounge (294 High Street—Southeast corner of Court Street and High Street)
    GLS staff will assist in preparing graduating students for the commencement ceremony.
     
    10 a.m.
    Foss Hill Lineup

    All students participating in Commencement must be present and dressed in academic regalia by this time. GLS staff will lead graduating students to Foss Hill to form the procession.
     
    11 a.m.
    Commencement Ceremony on Andrus Field
    Visit Wesleyan’s Reunion & Commencement page for more information. Speakers and honorary degree recipients are typically announced in early April.  

    1:15 p.m. (approx.)
    GLS Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution
    Location TBD
    Click here to view the campus map.
    Immediately following the ceremony, friends and family are encouraged to join GLS graduates for a champagne reception where diplomas will be distributed and GLS prizes announced. Please RSVP for everyone in your party; all are welcome.

    Academic Regalia
    Students can purchase their academic regalia at Broad Street Books. Be sure to purchase the appropriate regalia for your degree: the cap and gown should be black, and the master's hood should have red satin to represent Wesleyan and white velvet to represent the liberal arts. You may also custom order academic regalia from Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Please note: To participate in Commencement, you must be dressed in academic regalia. If the price of regalia is prohibitive, please e-mail masters@wesleyan.edu. A limited amount of donated regalia is available through the GLS office on an as-needed basis.

  • Wesleyan GLS Commencement Detailed Schedule

    9:30 a.m.
    Commencement Preparation
    Downey House Lounge (294 High Street—Southeast corner of Court Street and High Street)
    Students should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m., and the room will be open at 9 a.m. GLS staff will assist you in donning your regalia and will show you how to wear your hood. There will be an opportunity for you to be photographed by our staff photographer; the photos will be provided to you free of charge (photos taken on the field must be purchased). You will be lined up in alphabetical order and given a number, so you can reassemble in that order on Foss Hill. At 10 a.m., all students planning to participate in Commencement must be in line, ready to walk to Foss Hill. If you are sensitive to heat or sun, we recommend that you wear light colors under your black gown, as you will be on the field in the open (under the sun) for two hours or more. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen and bug spray, and do not bring anything with you to Downey House that you do not plan to carry onto the field for the ceremony. Downey House will be locked once all graduates have left.

    10 a.m.
    Foss Hill Lineup
    GLS staff will lead you to the top of Foss Hill, where all graduating students and faculty assemble to form the procession line. All students participating in the commencement ceremony must be present by this time, dressed in the appropriate regalia and hood. Students who arrive late, but who are attired in proper academic regalia, may still join Commencement. However once this line begins marching, it is closed to late arrivals. The procession begins at Foss Hill, moving to Andrus Field for seating. The ceremony will last for approximately 2 hours.

    11 a.m.
    Commencement Ceremony on Andrus Field
    The commencement program includes music, a few short speeches, awards and a commencement address. For the full commencement program, visit wesleyan.edu/rc. Following the program, you will walk up to the commencement platform where the director of Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies will read your name, the Faculty Marshal will hand you a diploma cover and Wesleyan University President Michael Roth will shake your hand. A professional photographer hired by the University will take a photograph and contact you by e-mail to offer the photo for a fee. Degrees will be conferred in this order: PhD, MA, MPhil, MALS, BA.

    1:15 p.m. (approx.)
    GLS Champagne Reception & Diploma Distribution
    Location TBD
    Click here to view the campus map.
    Graduates and their guests are encouraged to join GLS faculty and staff in this capstone celebration immediately following the ceremony. The GLS director will offer brief remarks in recognition of your achievement, and prizes will be announced. Guests will enjoy a champagne toast and dessert, followed by the distribution of diplomas. The reception will last approximately one hour, giving you and your guests time to enjoy an afternoon or evening meal together.