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

Sunday, May 23

Preliminary Schedule for Sunday, May 23
8 A.M.–1 P.M.

All-Campus Brunch Buffet

Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in the new Usdan University Center.

This brunch requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Brunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1928 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for lunch.

$18 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$5 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend, please register here.

Usdan University Center

8–11 A.M.

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Exley Science Center

8 A.M.–2 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

8:30 –11 A.M.

Commencement Beverage Kiosk

Beverages available for purchase.

Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center and Andrus Field near Zelnick Pavilion

8:45 A.M.

Center for the Humanities Brunch for Graduates

Center for the Humanities

9 A.M.

Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)

Come join and support Satrio Wicaksono '10, Jonna Humphries '10, and Rebecca Lee '10 and the class of 2010 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.

Speaker: Demetrius Eudell, Associate Professor of History

Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Memorial Chapel

9 A.M.

Commencement Preparation for MA and PhD Graduates

The Graduate Marshal will prepare the graduating MA and PhD students for the Commencement Ceremony.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

9 A.M.

50th Reunion Class of 1960 Discussion and Brunch– The Gifts of Time

We all know what time takes away—and we can commiserate with each other about some of those things; but what has time given us, and taught us? Let’s share some of our journeys, and look for the opportunities—indeed there are many—in the time that remains.

Moderators: Gus ’60 and Margaret Napier

Daniel Family Commons

9:30 A.M.

GLSP Graduates’ Commencement Preparation

GLSP staff will prepare graduating students for the Commencement Ceremony.

Lounge, Downey House

10 A.M.

Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement

Top of Foss Hill

11 A.M.

The 178th Commencement Ceremony

Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper, a member of Wesleyan’s class of 1974, will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 178th Commencement in May.

Wesleyan will award honorary degrees to Mayor Hickenlooper; to Stanley Cavell, distinguished philosopher and professor emeritus at Harvard; to Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University; and to Richard K. Winslow, Wesleyan class of 1940 and professor of music emeritus.

John Hickenlooper ’74

A geologist turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council), John Hickenlooper was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In April 2005—less than two years into his first term—Time Magazine named the political newcomer one of the top five "big-city" mayors in America. Mayor Hickenlooper brings creative leadership and innovative thinking to Denver’s city hall, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist, real estate developer, and restaurateur.

Even before his political career, he was known for his civic engagement, having been involved with diverse downtown Denver renovation and development projects, especially in Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. In recognition of these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave him a National Preservation Award in 1997. He also led a grassroots campaign in 2000 to preserve the "Mile High Stadium" name, an effort that planted the seed for his mayoral bid. Since taking office, Hickenlooper has increased civic engagement and participation throughout the city and the Denver metro region, building strong bonds and partnerships that transcend partisan and geographic lines.

Stanley Cavell

Stanley Cavell received his A.B. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. From 1953 to 1956, he was a Junior Fellow in Harvard’s Society of Fellows. After teaching at Berkeley for six years, he returned to Harvard in 1963, where he was named the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, a position he held until 1997, when he became professor emeritus.

His major interests center on the intersection of the analytical tradition (especially the work of Austin and Wittgenstein) with moments of the Continental tradition (for example, Heidegger and Nietzsche); with American philosophy (especially Emerson and Thoreau); with the arts (for example, Shakespeare, film and opera); and with psychoanalysis. He has published eighteen books, including Must We Mean What We Say? (1969);The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (1971); The Senses of Walden (1972); The Claim of Reason (1979); Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage (1981); Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare (1987); Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida (1995); Cities of Words (2004); and his memoir, Little Did I Know, which will appear this fall.

Professor Cavell is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. Other honors include a fellowship that brought him to Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities in 1970–71; the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award in Criticism from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School; and the Romanell Phi Beta Kappa Professorship, awarded annually to distinguished scholars in the field of philosophy.

Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons was sworn in as the 18th president of Brown University on July 3, 2001. During her tenure, she has created an ambitious set of initiatives designed to expand and strengthen the faculty; increase financial support and resources for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; improve facilities; renew a broad commitment to shared governance; and ensure that diversity informs every dimension of the university.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons also holds an appointment as a professor of comparative literature and of Africana Studies at Brown. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and completed her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard. She served in various administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of initiatives including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. She is a frequent speaker at major international forums, including the National Press Club, the White House, and the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Howard University board of trustees and serves on the board of Texas Instruments.

Richard K. Winslow ’40

Richard K. Winslow ’40 is a greatly beloved professor emeritus of the music department here. Called a "true original" by colleagues, he is a prolific composer who also had the vision to imagine Wesleyan’s World Music Program and the organizational skills to establish it.

While earning his B.A. in English at Wesleyan, he also showed a strong interest in music. After working in concert management in New York City, he served in the U.S. Navy and then attended Julliard. He returned to Wesleyan to teach and was a member of the music department from 1949 to 1983; he was the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music and department chair from 1957 to 1979.

Professor Winslow was crucial in the expansion of Wesleyan’s musical horizons to include non-Western music, avant-garde music, and jazz. Twice he brought distinguished composer John Cage to Wesleyan as a fellow in Wesleyan’s Center for Advanced Studies, and he was key to the founding of Wesleyan’s Ethnomusicology Graduate Program.

His compositions— referred to by fellow faculty members as "seductive"—range widely from functional music for the Wesleyan Glee Club (which he conducted) to large-scale operas and oratorios to works for plays by Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett.

Winslow received a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition in 1956 and Wesleyan’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970. (Download video of a talk given by Richard Winslow in 2007.)

Andrus Field

Commencement Ceremony Inclement Weather 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.

Tent, Andrus Field

President’s Commencement Celebration

A reception celebrating the Class of 2010 will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the size of the gathering, families and students who wish to meet during the reception are encouraged to identify a “meeting place” in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.

North and South College Lawn

1:30–2:30 P.M.

GLSP Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution

GLSP graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!

Tent, Russell House

1:30–2:30 P.M.

Graduate Student Champagne Reception

All MA and PhD degree graduates and their guests are invited to a special post-commencement champagne reception to celebrate this special occasion.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

1:45 P.M. Reception for 1st Generation Graduates and Their Families

Please join us for a post-graduation reception in honor of those members of the class of 2010 who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Students and families are encouraged to attend. Dean Melendez will be the introductory speaker. Light refreshments will be provided.

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

3 P.M. Labyrinth Walk

The labyrinth is a tool for reflection and a metaphor for our path in life, particularly at times of transition and commencement. Stop by after the ceremony to learn about the practice of walking the labyrinth and to join with parents, students, and alumni in a contemplative walk on Wesleyan's beautiful new outdoor labyrinth.

Presenter: Áine McCarthy '10, Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

Reed Labyrinth (between the Davison Art Center and The Tomb)