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Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced:

Dr. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will give the principal address at Wesleyan’s University 173th Commencement on Sunday, May 22, and will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree during the ceremony. Dr. Gutmann is an internationally renowned scholar whose research addresses religious freedom, democracy, ethics and public affairs.

William J. Barber, Andrews Professor of Economics, Emeritus, former acting president and long-time tutor in the College of Social Studies, will receive an honorary doctor of letters. The University will award an honorary doctor of humane letters to William S. Belichick ‘75, head coach of the New England Patriots, member of the 30th Reunion Class and Wesleyan parent, and Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World and educator, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.


Welcome Letter from President Bennet:

Reunion & Commencement Weekend brings to campus Wesleyan past and present. We

 come together from across the Wesleyan map to refresh old friendships and discover new ones. The class of 2005 and their families, faculty, and alumni all gather to affirm the tradition of where we have come from and the promise of where we are going. I hope you will join us for Reunion & Commencement 2005 and share with us the passion and the character that connect Wesleyan.



Douglas J. Bennet '59
P '87, P '94