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[Reunion & Commencment Essentials]

[Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 21-24, 2009]

Weekend Essentials

For Everyone

Contact Information

If you have ideas or general questions about Reunion & Commencement 2009 or volunteering, or if you want to get in touch with a classmate, please contact the Wesleyan staff member working with your class.

If you have a question about registration, please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-2116 or

If you are a parent of a graduating senior and you have a question, please contact Dana Coffin, Office of Parent Programs, 860/685-3756 or

Staff Contacts
(Classes of 1928–1958)
Katie Pugliese
1954 Zach Webster ’06
1959 David Sims
1964 Amanda Mullins
1969 Matt Strekel
1974 Matt Strekel
1979 Theresa Kidd
1984 Lucy Diaz MALS ’05
1989 Anita Dhanaraj
1994 Cheryl Brodowski
1999 Mary Livingston ’04
2004 Anand Satchidanandan ’08

Reunion & Commencement Interns: Thom Sisson ’09, Ariela Rotenberg ’10, Carolyn Szaiff ’11; or 860/685-2418


All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register if they wish to purchase any meal tickets and are encouraged to register even if they do not wish to attend any meals. You can register by completing and mailing in the registration form enclosed in the brochure or by using our secure online form at

Preregistration Deadline

Online registration will close on Friday, May 8. In order to process all registrations and prepare materials for your arrival, we cannot accept registrations after May 8. If you miss the deadline, the next opportunity for you to register will be onsite, during the weekend. Registrations received onsite will be assessed a $25 late fee.

On-Site Registration Hours:

Registration Hours
Thursday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–1 a.m. (Sunday)
Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you have questions about Registration or plan to arrive after registration closes, please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at or 860/685-2116.


Refer to the online registration form for details about Reunion & Commencement Weekend fees. Please note that late fees will be assessed for anyone registering after the deadline or upon arrival.


Refunds can only be made through Friday, May 8, or in extreme emergency situations. Refund checks and credit card refunds will be processed after Reunion & Commencement bookkeeping is completed in late June.

Special Assistance

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Please let us know by May 8 if you or your guests have any special needs. Contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-2828 or to make arrangements.

Weekend Meals

Bon Appétit, Wesleyan’s campus dining service, prepares most Reunion & Commencement snacks and meals. A vegetarian or vegan alternative is provided at every meal. Most dining options require tickets. For these meals, we strongly recommend you reserve a ticket in advance to guarantee availability and to help us plan accordingly. If you are a member of a class with a flat rate Reunion fee (5th, 10th, and 50th Reunion classes), your meals are included in your fee, however you will be asked to choose in advance which meals you plan to attend.

Meals requiring advance purchase/registration are:

There may be a limited number of extra meal tickets available for purchase on-site. Meal tickets will not be mailed in advance; you will receive the appropriate tickets when you stop by Registration to obtain your Reunion & Commencement Weekend welcome packet.

The Usdan Café (Usdan University Center) and the Pi Café (Exley Science Center) will be open for a la carte breakfast, lunch, and snacks Thursday through Sunday for limited hours. These meals do not require advance purchase.

Most bars are cash-only, and ID is required at all bars throughout the weekend.


Wesleyan cares about what you put into your body and its effect on your well-being. This weekend we will work hard to provide you with food that is fresh, seasonal, and minimally processed. When possible, we will provide you with organic options along with other healthy choices. We understand that the effects of our choices extend well beyond the walls of our cafes at Wesleyan, and we’ve committed to purchasing up to 20 percent of the foods used this weekend from local farmers and other artisans located within a 150-mile radius of the University. Recycling is no longer a choice; it’s a necessity, and you will find the opportunity to recycle at most every event this weekend. All of our kitchens are stocked with composting bins and all composting is done at Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm. All unused food will be donated to organizations for distribution to those in need in the Middletown community, and most disposable ware that you will use this weekend is eco-friendly and either compostable or biodegradable.

Check back often for more information on the many sustainable initiatives implemented throughout the weekend, and ways you can help reduce our environmental impact.


Help green Reunion & Commencement Weekend—make traveling to and from campus a group effort! Whether you are flying or driving, connect with others who are doing the same and reduce the amount of emissions released into our atmosphere by using the Wesleyan Rideboard. Sharing rides not only greatly reduces the number of cars traveling to campus, it allows for easier and more convenient parking availability, fills your trip with great conversation, and provides the opportunity for mini-reunions. Connect with other Wesleyan alumni and families in your region, carpool with classmates from your hotel, or share a cab ride or rental from the airport or train station.

Alumni: Log into your WesNet account at and click “Rideboard” (under “Resources”) to view or offer available rides, and find other alumni traveling to campus from your area. Trouble logging in or signing up? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations interns at 860/685-2802 or for assistance.

Parents: Your students can post rides on your behalf, or search for available rides, via their online portfolio. Or, for assistance, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations interns at 860/685-2802, or

Volunteer Opportunities at St. Vincent de Paul

Help out the Middletown community while visiting campus. Opportunities are available on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 8 a.m.–11 a.m. or 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, a local soup kitchen. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis (6 people per shift). Please contact Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, director, Community Service and Volunteerism, at or 860/685-2841 for more information or to sign up for a shift.

Wireless Access on Campus

Users are required to login when using the Wesleyan wireless network. Faculty, staff, and students can login using their e-mail usernames and passwords. Guests can easily obtain a temporary login through the “WesNetwork Guest Computer Accounts” link in Wesleyan’s e-portfolio. If you need a guest account, ask any student, faculty, or staff member, visit the Registration site at the Usdan University Center, or call 860/685-2802 once you arrive on campus.

Photos and Video

University staff will take photos and video throughout the weekend and may publish them in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.

Parking and Shuttles

As always, parking and access to University buildings are limited. We will do our best to accommodate the larger crowd on campus during the weekend through the use of golf carts and shuttle vans, but please expect delays and plan accordingly.

Additional parking may be available at the Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), and the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street). Shuttle vans will run regularly between these lots and all sites on campus.

The lot adjacent to the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue and the “C” lot on Church Street will be reserved for members of the Classes of 1959 and earlier, as well as for any individuals with disabilities. Please let us know by May 8 if you require special parking by contacting Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-2828 or


Transportation to and from campus is available by contacting local taxi and car services, which offer flat rates for travel to or from Bradley International Airport and New Haven Train Station - fees range from $60.00 to $65.00 for a one-way trip. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact taxi and car services directly for more information, or to make reservations.

Car Rental Companies
Alamo 800/327-9633
Avis 800/831-2847
Budget 800/527-0700
Dollar 800/800-3665
Enterprise 800/736-8222
Hertz 800/654-3131
National 800/227-7368
Thrifty 800/367-2277
Taxi and Car Services
Avalon Transportation 860/895-5466
CT Limousine 800/472-5466
Edie’s Cab Company 860/570-1129
Essex Taxi 860/767-2152
Executive 2000 860/635-8222
Hunter Limousine 860/344-1130
Yellow Cab Company 860/666-6666
AAACab & Livery LLC 860/680-4040
Ace Taxi 860/244-9999
Central Connecticut Taxi of Meriden 860/833-6949
Checker Cab Company 203/468-2678
Horizon Cab Company 203/777-5555
Metro Taxi 203/777-7777
New Haven Yellow Taxi 203/777-0007


This schedule is preliminary and features a sampling of what is offered throughout the weekend. For periodic updates about weekend events, please check back often. For class specific information, such as who plans on attending, programming geared towards certain class years, fundraising updates, and other important details, check out your class site, accessible through A final schedule with updates will be available at Registration (Usdan University Center). Please stop by to receive the most up-to-date information about the weekend.

Don’t Forget

Bring your camera, scrapbooks, Wesleyan memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend special. May weather can be unpredictable in New England; we recommend that you bring a light jacket and umbrella—and if you’re staying in a dorm room—an extra blanket. Wesleyan’s athletic facilities and fields will be open throughout Reunion & Commencement Weekend; bring your suit/bathing cap/towel/racket/softball glove/Frisbee, etc., and check your final schedule for facility hours.

For Reunion Classes

Reunion Headquarters

Reunion classes will have space reserved for casual gatherings with classmates and special class exhibits (message boards, collages, artwork, and performances). These alumni lounges will be the best place to find your classmates, take a break from the weekend activities, or congregate between events. Bars will be open at Reunion headquarters during select hours throughout the weekend. Please be prepared to show ID at all bars.

Saturday Night Reunion Class Dinners

The Class Dinner on Saturday night is often the highlight of the weekend. We encourage all alumni with children to utilize Camp Cardinal (Wesleyan’s on-campus childcare program; see schedule on page 18) throughout the evening so they can enjoy dinner, spend time with friends, and take advantage of late-night parties.

Each Reunion class is encouraged to invite members of the faculty or administration to join them for their class reception and dinner. If there is someone you would like to invite, please contact a member of your class committee or the Wesleyan staff member working with your class (see above).

Hotels and Motels

Alumni are strongly encouraged to make hotel reservations well in advance of the weekend. Rooms are limited, and there is a high demand placed on area lodging during the holiday weekend. When calling a hotel, make sure to request the block of rooms for “Wesleyan Reunion”. The reservation cutoff and cancellation policy for blocked rooms varies by hotel.
Reunion classes have blocked rooms at:

Reunion Class Accommodation Blocks
WESeniors (Classes of 1928-1958) Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 860/635-1001
1959 Inn at Middletown, Middletown 860/854-6300
Sheraton Four Points, Meriden 203/238-2380
1964 Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury 860/659-1025
1969 Homewood Suites by Hilton, Glastonbury 860/652-8111
1974 Hampton Inn, Rocky Hill 860/563-7877
1979 Marriott Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill 860/257-6000
1984 Marriott Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill 860/257-6000
1989 Fairfield Inn, Wallingford 203/284-0001
1994 Courtyard by Marriott, Wallingford 203/284-9400
1999 Comfort Inn, Wethersfield 860/563-2311
2004 Comfort Inn, Wethersfield 860/563-2311

In addition, rooms are available at the following hotels, which are available to all classes:

All Classes Accommodation
Comfort Inn & Suites, Meriden 203/440-9600
Best Western, Berlin 860/801-6301
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Meriden 203/443-5700
Marriott Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill 860/257-6000

Please refer to for additional information regarding local accommodations.

Residence Halls

Alumni who prefer to stay on campus will be grouped by class in Clark Hall, Nicolson (Foss 5-7), and Fauver Residence Hall. If you wish to stay in the dorms, please register using the form enclosed in the brochure or online. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a housing fee of $120 per twin bed for unlimited nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights). When you register, you will be asked who you would like to room with and near. Room assignments will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at Registration. A $25 refundable room/key deposit will be required upon check-in. Residence hall rooms must be vacated by 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 24.

Please keep in mind that residence hall rooms are basic, with little furniture or creature comforts. There are no private bathrooms. Beds are twin-sized. Basic sheets, a light blanket, a pillow, and a towel are provided, but we recommend that you bring an extra blanket, pillow, and/or towel.

You may also want to bring hangers, an alarm clock, a hair dryer, a mirror, an iron, and/or other amenities. Before you arrive on campus, please check the local weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.

See Who’s Here

Check out the “See Who’s Here” board at registration in order to find out where your classmates are staying and how to catch up with them.

Reunion Class Photos

Group photos of the Reunion Classes of 1959–1984 will be taken at the base of Denison Terrace on Saturday, May 23. The 50th Reunion Class of 1959 and WESeniors (Classes of 1928–1958) will have their class photo taken during their Class Reception and Dinner on Saturday. Information about and the opportunity to purchase class photos will be available after the weekend at


Reunion regalia is included in the registration fee for all Reunion class alumni who register by the May 8 deadline. It is also included in the registration fee for alumni who register on-site while supplies last. Pick up your regalia when you arrive on campus and check in at Registration (Usdan University Center), and wear it proudly while you are on campus and when you head home after Reunion! Most classes will receive t-shirts and hats. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee availability of specific shirt sizes. In the unlikely case that regalia runs out for a particular class before Reunion & Commencement Weekend is over, pre-registered alumni will receive their regalia by mail following the event. Guests of Reunion class alumni do not receive regalia.


For Parents and Families of Graduating Seniors


Parents and families of the Class of 2009 should arrange for hotel/motel accommodations as soon as possible. Please refer to the “About Wesleyan” section of the University Web site at for information regarding local accommodations.

Commencement Ceremony Rain Plan

The Commencement Ceremony will be available live by Webcast.  Please go to for details about how you can view the ceremony.

In case of inclement weather, please call the main University number at 860/685-2000 to determine whether or not the University will institute the rain plan for the Commencement Ceremony.  Detailed information regarding the rain plan will also be available on this web site and via a broadcast voice mail to the graduates.  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 will be moved from out on the open field to under the tent behind the seats on Andrus Field. This tent will accommodate many spectators, however seating is limited. In this case, we respectfully ask that you reduce the number of guests who will be sitting under the tent to three. Please come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.  

Caps and Gowns

Seniors order caps and gowns from Broad Street Books during the last week of March. Broad Street Books will send a letter to all seniors with instructions for ordering during the last week of March. Call with any questions at (860) 685-7323.  Any graduate who will not have use for their cap and gown may recycle them in the boxes marked "Cap and Gown Donations" on the terrace of Usdan and in the North and South College breezeway after the Commencement Ceremony.  Recycled caps and gowns will be offered to next year's graduating class, first-come, first-served during the Spring semester.


Members of the Class of 2009 may obtain their diplomas on Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m. –5 p.m. in the Registrar's Office, 1st Floor, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID. Any graduate who will not have use for their diploma cover (handed out during the Commencement Ceremony), may recycle the cover by dropping it off in the lobby of North College in the box marked "Diploma Cover Recycling" after the ceremony.

Tickets to Commencement

Everyone is welcome at Commencement, but there are no tickets and seats cannot be reserved in advance. The chairs on Andrus Field are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs) and under the tent on Andrus Field.


Since 1862, each graduating class has had the opportunity to create and design a yearbook celebrating their four years at Wesleyan. This year, as the Class of 2009 completes its journey, please consider ordering a copy of the Wesleyan Yearbook for your son or daughter. Students can order yearbooks at any time from the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA). Questions about the yearbook can be directed to the WSA administrator at (860) 685-2410. Please note that yearbooks will be delivered after October 2009. To purchase a copy of the Olla Podrida 2009 during the weekend, please stop by the Yearbook Sales table under the Andrus Field tent on Saturday, May 23 from 1-3 p.m. Cash, check, or credit cards (2009 yearbooks only) will be accepted, cost is $60 dollars. For alumni, past editions from the years 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 will also be available.

Videos and Photos

DVDs of Commencement are available from Collegiate Video, P.O. Box 376, Newfane, VT 05345. DVDs cost $75 plus $7 shipping and handling. Contact Collegiate Video at (802) 365-4414 or via e-mail at, or the Office of Parent Programs at (860) 685-3756 for an order form and more information. A photographer from GradTrak® Graduation Images will be at your ceremony to take a candid photographs of you at your special moment of recognition. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to After the ceremony you may order online at or call 800-261-2576. Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony. To pre-register your permanent email address and receive a $5.00 coupon towards a purchase of $25.00 please visit and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to 6 additional relatives and/or friends. GradTrak® never has and never will sell or share the address/email information provided to us to any other vendor. Graduates may also purchase copies of their class photo taken during Senior Week and Freshman Orientation through