Wesleyan's 189th Commencement Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Wesleyan community will celebrate and honor the graduating Class of 2021 during an in-person ceremony. 

Graduates, it has been a difficult year, but you persevered. Along the way you faced unprecedented challenges; discovered new depths of strength, courage, determination, and compassion; and made long-lasting impacts on the communities and people around you. We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished during your time here. Go Wes!

We look forward to seeing the formidable Class of 2021, as well as a limited number of their guests, in Middletown for Commencement. The University will continue to communicate more specific details about the event in the coming weeks.

Event Essentials

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Event Essentials

Commencement Speakers

President Michael S. Roth ’78

Michael S. Roth '78 became the 16th president of Wesleyan University on July 1, 2007. A professor in history and the humanities, he continues to teach undergraduate courses and is known as a historian, curator, author, and public advocate for liberal education.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry, a nonfiction memoir, and a powerful body of essays and scholarship that has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. The founder and director of the Million Book Project, his work has earned him a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships, and a PEN New England Award for poetry, among many other recognitions.

(photo by Mamadi Doumbouya)

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Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers is a renowned environmental health advocate whose work focuses on bringing attention to and developing solutions for failing water and waste sanitation infrastructure in rural areas, and increasing our understanding of how this infrastructure failure perpetuates health and socioeconomic disparities. For her work, Flowers was awarded a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “Genius Grant,” which goes to citizens or residents of the United States who demonstrate “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

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Scott Gottlieb ’94

Scott Gottlieb ’94 is a physician, public health and policy advisor and advocate, and a special partner with the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. He served as the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2017 to 2019 and is currently a resident fellow at public policy think tank the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

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