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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27

Weekend Essentials for Parents and Families of Graduating Seniors


Parents and families of the Class of 2010 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.


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.

Parents and families of graduating seniors, please see below the list of ticket prices for meals available for advance purchase.

Friday, May 21
Welcome Picnic (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)

$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12

$5 per person for children 12 and under

Red, Black and GREEN! Dinner (5–9 p.m.)

$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12

$8 per person for children 12 and under

Shabbat Dinner (7:15 p.m.)

$20 per person for adults (including graduating seniors) and children over age 12

$8 per person for children 12 and under

Saturday, May 22
All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill (1–3 p.m.)

$10 per person for all adults and children

Sunday, May 23
Brunch, Sunday (8 a.m.–1 p.m.)

$18 per person for all adults and children over age 12

$5 for children 12 and under

Pre-registration Deadline

Online registration will close on Friday, May 7. In order to process all registrations and prepare materials for your arrival, we cannot accept registrations after that date. 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:

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.

Commencement Ceremony Rain Plan

The Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine. Under certain weather conditions, the ceremony may be shifted from the open field, where seating is unlimited, into the large tent on Andrus Field. Although the tent accommodates numerous spectators, seating is limited. In this scenario, we respectfully request that each graduate limit his/her guests to 3 seats under the tent. Please come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.

Information will be posted on the Wesleyan homepage and the Reunion & Commencement website, and graduating seniors will be notified via email.  Details will also be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) and an outgoing message will be on the main University phone number at 860/685-2000. 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 may also be viewed online.

Please check or for details the week of May 16, 2010. .

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. Please contact Broad Street Books 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 2010 may obtain their diplomas on Friday, May 21 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Registrar’s Office, 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.

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 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 Freshman Orientation through