Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Housing

  • Will on-campus housing be available?

    A: Dorm rooms will be available for alumni on a first-come, first-served basis starting in mid-March (when Reunion & Commencement registration is available). Most rooms are doubles or triples and we recommend that you reserve one bed per adult.  Beds can be pushed or moved together. A $50 refundable deposit will be required when you obtain your housing assignment and key at Registration (Usdan University Center). Residence Hall rooms open on Thursday, May 24 and must be vacated by 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. 

  • How do I register for/request on-campus housing?

    A: The opportunity to register for a dorm room will be available for alumni on a first-come, first-served basis through the Reunion & Commencement online registration form which will be available in mid-March. 
    Note: If you secure on-campus housing, specific room assignments will only be available when you arrive on campus for the weekend.

  • If I receive on-campus housing, how will I know what to bring and where to go?

    A: Basic linens, a light blanket, a pillow, and a towel are provided, but please bring whatever else would make you feel more at home, such as an extra blanket, hair dryer, mirror, alarm clock, your favorite pillow, extra clothes hangers, reading light, radio, extra towel, or fan. Most rooms are doubles (two twin beds) with some singles and triples; when you register, you will be asked who you’d like to share a room with. There are no private bathrooms. When you arrive on campus, please check in at Registration (Usdan University Center), where you will receive your room assignment and keys.

  • Is it possible to have a room next to my classmates?

    A: In most cases and where possible, members of the same class will be assigned rooms in the same halls. If you wish to be assigned to a room adjacent to a specific classmate (or classmates), you and the other parties must make that request in writing when you register. We will do our best to fulfill your request.

  • Will there be housing available on campus for parents?

    A: Since many students will remain in their rooms during the weekend, we cannot provide on-campus housing for parents. We urge you to reserve rooms at a local hotel. If you have special housing concerns or requirements, please contact Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at rc@wesleyan.edu.

Commencement

  • How many tickets are available per student? Can we reserve seats in advance?

    A: Everyone is welcome at Commencement. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony and seats cannot be reserved in advance. The 5000 chairs on Andrus Field are available on a first-come, first-served basis; some are in the open air on the field, and others are under a tent with a direct view of the Commencement podium. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs) and inside 5 air-conditioned, handicapped accessible, simulcast locations.

  • What happens if it rains on Commencement day?

    A: If we institute the "rain plan" an abbreviated ceremony will take place in the tent behind the seats on Andrus Field. It will accommodate many spectators, but since space will be limited, we respectfully ask that you reduce to three the number of guests who will be sitting under the tent. A simulcast of the Commencement Ceremony will be available via the web, in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Center for the Arts Hall, Tishler Lecture Hall (150 Exley Science Center), Taylor Meeting Room (Usdan), and the Andersen Meeting Room (Usdan); rain or shine. The best advice is to come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas. Please go to wescast.wesleyan.edu the week of May 15, for details about how you can view the ceremony.

  • What if I want to host a graduation party on campus?

    A: The University Policy on this is as follows:
     There will not be ANY space available for parents/families/friends to host dinners on campus (this includes existing tents, university buildings, lawns, etc.)
     We strongly discourage, and will not officially approve, installation of tents in the yards of woodframe houses. We will not help to secure the tents or anything in them (rented plates, chairs, etc.). In the past people have had these items stolen and we will not take any responsibility for any of it. Also, tents can damage lawns and the resident will be responsible for paying for any damages. 
     If people want to put up a small popup tent, we will not object, but again, will not officially approve it. 
     No one will be allowed to put up any tenting anywhere on campus that is not directly attached to a woodframe. For example, tents cannot be put up on the lawns around Fauver Apartments, near the res halls, etc.
     In conclusion, while no one will be stopped from having tents installed in woodframe backyards, we strongly discourage it and should caution parents against potential theft and damage. Encourage them to utilize the many restaurants downtown who look forward to accommodating large groups during R/C weekend. 
     Questions should be directed to the University Events & Conferences office.

  • What is the dress code?

    A: All of the weekend’s events are informal. Dress casually and comfortably (and bring clothes that are weather appropriate, since many events are held outside).

  • Is there a video of Commencement? How do I get one?

    A: Collegiate Video's Commencement programs have been an institution with Wesleyan graduates for over 25 years.  Families can choose between professionally edited videos on DVD or, for the first time, USB Flash Drive which contains a high definition file for archiving to personal computers or uploading to cloud accounts.  The cost of either format is $75 plus $7 shipping and handling.  Visit the Collegiate Video website to to learn more about the contents of their unique programs or call them at (802) 365-4414 for more information.

  • Is there a still photo taken of my graduate during Commencement? How do I get one?

    A: A photographer from GradTrak® Graduation Images will be at the ceremony to take a candid photograph. 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 toservice@gradtrak.com. After the ceremony you may order online at www.gradimages.com 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 www.gradimages.com and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to 6 additional relatives and/or friends. GradTrak® will never sell or share the address/email information provided to them.

Camp Cardinal

  • Does Wesleyan have a program for kids during the Weekend?

    Yes, Wesleyan offers Camp Cardinal, an organized, on campus, supervised program by carefully selected Wesleyan students. It's designed to entertain your child(ren) during the weekend. The program is available for children ages 5 through 12 years.

  • What is Camp Cardinal like?

    Your children (ages 5 through 12) can look forward to a scavenger hunt, a pizza party, sports clinics, outdoor activities, a picnic lunch, swimming in the Freeman Athletic Center pool, large screen movies, an ice cream sundae party, and more.

  • How do I register my child(ren) for Camp Cardinal?

    You may sign up your child(ren) for all or part of Camp Cardinal when you register for the weekend (starting in mid-March). The registration fee includes food, snacks, and other essentials. You will receive more detailed program information and special permission forms once you register. If you have questions or need more specific information, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu.

Fees

  • Why do I have to pay a registration fee?

    The Registration fee, which applies to alumni and their adult (over 18) guests only, covers a portion of the weekend’s overhead costs, including: physical plant, public safety, health services, student workers, entertainment, transportation, regalia, some meals and the cost of renting tents, tables, chairs, china, linens, etc.

  • Does Wesleyan make a profit on this event?

    No. Wesleyan subsidizes over 80% of the Reunion & Commencement Weekend expenses. The University does not raise funds from event charges. Fundraising for the Wesleyan Fund is done by a team of volunteers and staff throughout the year.

  • How do Wesleyan’s fees compare to those charged by other colleges?

    When comparing our fees to those set by other colleges, we found that Wesleyan’s fees are neither the least nor the most expensive. Our comparisons revealed that Wesleyan offers a much more comprehensive program than many other colleges. In addition, some colleges have a surfeit of good dining spaces, for example, and have little need to use tents to create temporary facilities. Unfortunately, that is not the case for Wesleyan.

Meals

  • Is there a registration deadline?

    Yes! The deadline is Friday, May 8. We cannot process online registrations received after the registration deadline. If you choose to wait and register when you arrive on campus, you may be assessed an onsite surcharge. In addition, we cannot guarantee the availability of meals unless you register by the deadline.

  • Will liquor be available over the weekend?

    Bars will be available at most luncheons, dinners, and campus parties. Most bars charge for beverages (cash only), although some are hosted. Please remember to bring a photo ID.

Parking

  • If we bring a car to campus, where can we park?

    Parking is available at the MiddleOak Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street), and most other smaller lots on campus. 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 ’67 and earlier, as well as for any individuals with disabilities. 

Registration

  • Who should register?

    All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register only if they plan to participate in an event or meal with a fee. If parents and families are not planning to attend events with a fee we still recommend that you register so that you may receive a nametag, final brochure and welcome packet when you arrive on campus.

  • Why should I register?

    To reserve meals for you and your family/guests. Meals are limited, and unless you make reservations in advance, we cannot guarantee that meals will be available when you arrive on campus. In addition, alumni are asked to register to ensure that we have enough regalia and enough space in all class-specific events. 

  • How do I register?

    Registration will be available in mid-March. Online registration is only available for those paying by credit card.

  • What is the deadline to register?

    Registrations must be received online midnight on May 11. After May 11 you can register for the weekend when you arrive on campus for the weekend.

  • What do I do when I arrive on campus?

    Go to Registration (Usdan University Center) whether or not you registered in advance. There you will receive a final schedule, meal tickets, and other important information that will help you navigate through the weekend.

  • What are Registration hours?

    Registration is available at the following times: 
    •Thursday, 2 p.m.to 10 p.m. 
    •Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight 
    •Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    •Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • Why should I check in if I’ve registered in advance?

    The online schedule of events is preliminary and subject to change. Everyone should check in at the Usdan University Center to receive the final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, and other essential information.

  • What happens if I need a refund of my registration fees?
    As a general policy, fees collected for event registration and other expenses are non-refundable. In most circumstances, these fees cover the cost to reserve a facility or catering needs. However, more importantly, the fees commit and confirm guest attendance which is important when other guests are interested in registering. The staff in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations understands that unique circumstances do prevent some guests from fulfilling their obligations, and accepts written exceptions to the refund policy. Please direct those appeals to the office at 330 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459 or rc@wesleyan.edu. We are not able to process refunds during the weekend.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Wesleyan University is committed to making its educational programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations can be provided by departments, programs and event organizers at the request of guests and visitors with disabilities. Accommodations that are considered reasonable are those that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the institution's programs and policies, and do not place an undue hardship on the institution. Reasonable accommodations are distinguished from services of a personal nature (such as provision of wheel chairs, personal care assistance, etc.) which the university does not generally provide. For more information visit:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/disabilities/visitors.html

  • How might I obtain a wheelchair for use during the weekend?

    Wesleyan is committed to full access for all people. While we cannot provide wheelchairs on a rental basis we suggest you contact one of the following companies to make temporary arrangements. 

    Hudson Home Health Center 
    Newington, CT 
    (860) 666-2907, (860) 666-7500 
    Rents by the week $25/standard chair; $35/for 250-300 lbs 

    Ellsworth Medical 
    540 Windsor Avenue 
    Windsor, CT 
    (860) 298-9333 
    $30 per chair for the weekend Thursday through Monday (pick up only). Approx. $200 charge for delivery. 

    Advance Medical Supplies LLC 
    7 Clifton Avenue Ansonia, CT 
    (203) 736-1712 
    $30 per chair for the weekend, can pick up or deliver, should have at least 20 in stock 

    Volusia Medical Supply 
    (866) 956-2025 
    www.volusiamedicalsupply.com  

    NY Scooter Rentals (division of Mobility Outlet Inc.) 
    24 Hour Rentals: (888)-WHEELS-0 [(888) 943-3570] 
    service@nyscooterrentals.com  
    $95/chair for 3-day rental including delivery and pickup 

    Wheelchair Getaways 
    32 Stony Hill Rd, 
    Bethel, CT 
    (203) 790-9998, (203) 798-8640 
    $30 daily; delivery possible 

    Home Health Pavilion Inc 
    87 Danbury Rd, 
    New Milford, CT 
    (860) 210-1313 
    Delivery available; $30-$40 negotiable 

Transportation

  • How do I get from my hotel to campus?
    Although some hotels provide limited shuttle service (please check with your hotel’s front desk), we encourage you to rent a car, or share a ride with another Wesleyan guest.

WESeminars

  • What are WESeminars?

    WESeminars are stimulating educational presentations by Wesleyan faculty members, parents, alumni, and students which enable participants to rekindle their connections to Wesleyan and gain insight into the teaching and scholarship that take place at the University today.

  • How can I find the location of each WESeminar?
    Building and room assignments for all WESeminars will be listed in the final Reunion & Commencement Program, which you will receive when you arrive on campus and stop by Registration (Usdan University Center). We will provide you with a campus map, and special signage will be placed throughout the campus to identify WESeminar locations.