Class of 2020 Weekend Celebration
and In-Person Commencement

JUNE 2–5, 2022

Wesleyan University is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus for an in-person Commencement on Sunday, June 5, 2022!

The weekend-long celebration will take place June 2–5, and below is a schedule of the planned activities. Come back and visit this page to see updates to the schedule and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQa) and to note considerations related to COVID-19.

 

Schedule of Events


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Class of 2020 BA Alumni:

4:00 PM–9:00 PM
Registration
Check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. 
Refreshments available.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

7:00 PM–9:00 PM 
Welcome Pizza on the Patio
Join your classmates and get reacquainted after you check in to your room.
Patio behind Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

Friday, June 3, 2022

9:00 AM–9:00 PM
Registration Open
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Food and Fun on Foss
Come out to Foss Hill and sample food truck offerings, challenge your classmates to a game of cornhole, and enjoy the music.
Foss Hill (Show in Map)

6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Class of 2020 Reception & Dinner - BA Alumni and their Guests
Location: TBD 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

9:00 AM–9:00 PM
Registration Open
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

10:30 AM
WESEMINAR
Details coming soon!

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Class and Family Picnic
Join classmates and family members for a picnic lunch. Free for Class of 2020 alumni, ticketed event for friends and family members.
Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill (Show in Map)

4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Champagne Reception for Class of 2020 Graduates and Their Families
Grads join their professors, families, and friends, as well as other members of the Wesleyan community, for champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres at this casual reception.
Location: TBD

Dinner on Your Own
Enjoy dinner with your classmates and/or family members at one of Middletown’s many restaurants. Saturday is Middletown PRIDE, so make your reservations early!

9:00 PM–12:00 AM 
Tent Party
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)

Sunday, June 5, 2022

8:00 AM–1:00 PM
Brunch Buffet
Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in Usdan University Center.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)

10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Faculty and all Graduates Assemble for Commencement
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)

10:15 AM–11:00 AM
Parent and Grandparent Educators Assemble for Commencement
Parents and Grandparents of graduating seniors who work in the field of education are invited to march as a division in the Commencement Ceremony. 
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)

11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 1½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online (link to be provided soon). 


Registration is required and will open in early April.

It is our intention and hope to celebrate the Class of 2020 in-person with family and friends. Per current Covid campus visitor guidelines, all guests who attend any portion of the weekend will need to attest to being fully vaccinated. Please visit Keep Wes Safe for more details. Naturally, we will continue to assess pandemic conditions and whether any limitations on the number of guests will be necessary. 

 

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, umbrellas, and appropriate footwear.

Information will be posted on the Wesleyan homepage and the Reunion & Commencement website, and Class of 2020 graduates will be notified via email. Details will also be available at Registration (Exley Science Center). The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online.  

Questions? Please contact grad2020@wesleyan.edu.