Wesleyan University's 183rd Commencement
Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Wesleyan University celebrates its 183rd Commencement on May 24, 2015.
The ceremony is held on Andrus Field, with unlimited outdoor seating for guests.
The commencement program begins at 11:00 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM.

RSVP for commencement today!

Call 860.685.2900 or send email to masters@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Commencement Overview Regalia Commencement Details FAQ Reunion & Commencement Activities

GLS Commencement Overview
Sunday, May 24, 2015
9:00 AM Commencement Preparation
Downey House Lounge
GLS staff will prepare graduating students for the commencement ceremony
10:00 AM Foss Hill Line-up
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.
11:00 AM Commencement Ceremony
Andrus Field
Visit the Reunion/Commencement page for more information. Speakers and honorary degree recipients are typically announced in early April.
Approximately 1:15 PM GLS Champagne Reception & Diploma Distribution
Friends & family are encouraged to join the graduates immediately following the ceremony on the field. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, we will pour champagne and serve cake, with the toast and Prize Announcements taking place approximately fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the ceremony on the field. Please RSVP for everyone in your party.

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Academic Regalia

Please note: To participate in commencement, you must be dressed in academic regalia.
You may purchase academic regalia (cap, gown, and Wesleyan Master of Arts hood) from the University bookstore, Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street, Middletown; 860.685.7323; broadstreetbooks@wesleyan.edu. 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, 540.387.0000, www.oakhalli.com. A limited amount of donated regalia is available throught the GLS office on an as-needed basis.

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Grad Photo 5 Commencement Details

9:00 AM Commencement Preparation
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street
GLS staff will assist you in donning regalia and will show you how to wear your hood. We will line you up in alphabetical order and give you a number so you can reassemble in that order on Foss Hill. You will also fill out a card detailing the correct pronunciation of your name. The Director will use this guide to publicly announce your name from the commencement podium. At 10 AM, all students planning to participate in Commencement must be in line, ready to walk to Foss Hill. Students should arrive no later than 9:30 am.

10:00 AM Foss Hill Line-up
GLS staff will lead you to Foss Hill, where all graduating students and faculty assemble to form the procession line. All students participating in commencement 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. You will sit in the open (i.e., under the sun) for at least an hour. Wear sunscreen. If you are sensitive to heat or sun, we recommend that you wear light colors under your black gown.

11:00 AM Commencement Ceremony, Andrus Field
The commencement program includes music, a few short speeches, awards, and a commencement address. For the full commencement program, visit www.wesleyan.edu/rc. Following this 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 University President Michael Roth will shake your hand. A professional photographer hired by the University will take a photograph and contact you by email to offer the photo for sale. Degrees will be conferred in this order: Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil., M.A.L.S., B.A..

GLS Champagne Reception & Diploma Distribution
Location: Davison Art Center Courtyard
Click here to view the campus map.
Graduates and guests are encouraged to join with GLS faculty and staff in this capstone celebration immediately following the ceremony. The Director will offer brief remarks in recognition of your achievement, and prizes will be announced. Guests will enjoy a champagne toast and dessert. Diplomas will be distributed after the champagne toast. This event will last approximately an hour, giving you and your guests time to enjoy an afternoon or evening meal together.
For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here. If you have any further questions, please contact the GLS office at 860.685.2900.

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Reunion & Commencement Weekend Schedule
Throughout the weekend, a variety of events are open to the entire Wesleyan community. Please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/rc/ for the most current information.

Andrus Field Commencement

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