Reunion + Commencement 2024

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    All-Campus Brunch Buffet

    8 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Usdan University Center

    More on the brunch

    Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch!

    $25 per person. Advance ticket purchases through registration by May 13 for all guests—including graduating seniors and current students. 

    A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase from the Marketplace cashier during brunch hours.

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    Graduate Student Breakfast Celebration and Rehearsal

    9–10:15 a.m.
    Exley Science Center Lobby

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    Graduate Liberal Studies Celebration Breakfast

    9–10:15 a.m.
    The Forum, Frank Center for Public Affairs

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    Farewell Brunch for the Class of 1974

    9–11 a.m.
    Usdan University Center, Daniel Family Commons
    After brunch, enjoy the view of the Commencement Ceremony

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    Faculty and Graduates Assemble for Commencement

    10–10:45 a.m.
    Top of Foss Hill

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    Parent and Grandparent Educators Assemble for Commencement

    10:15–10:45 a.m.
    Top of Foss Hill

    More info for parents and grandparents

    Parents and Grandparents of graduating students who work in the field of education are invited to march as a division in the Commencement Ceremony. Educators are then welcome to sit as a division, along with a guest, or may choose to sit in general seating following the procession. Educators must supply and wear their own regalia. Please respond in the online registration form if you would like to participate. Any questions please contact Cecilia McCall.

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    192nd Commencement Ceremony

    10:45 a.m. Procession
    11 a.m.–1 p.m. Ceremony
    Andrus Field, rain or shine
    No tickets or advance registration for the Ceremony

    More on Commencement

    The ceremony will take place in the center of campus on Andrus Field, rain or shine, and will last approximately two–two and a half hours. The Ceremony can also be viewed live on the Commencement homepage and in locations around campus.

    Details on this year's Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients can also be found on the Commencement homepage.

    All are welcome to attend Wesleyan's 192nd Commencement Ceremony, there are no tickets. The 5,000 chairs on Andrus Field (some are outside, some under the large tent with full view of the podium) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs).

    Following the Ceremony:

    President’s Commencement Celebration: A casual gathering celebrating graduates will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the large crowds at the gathering, families and students who wish to meet are encouraged to identify a place in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.
    McKelvey Green (lawn in front of College Row)

    Accessibility Seating and Parking:

    Visitors needing accessible parking may utilize any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued plate or placard from any state. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library. Mobility impaired guests may park in the Office of Admission parking lot. University staff and students driving golf carts will be available at to assist in transporting guests to-and-from the accessibility section on Andrus Field. Drivers may also drop of guests on Wyllys Avenue and then park elsewhere. Each disabled person may be accompanied by two family members in the accessible section (located on the area adjacent to the Zelnick Pavilion and Public Affairs Center). The form to request seating in the accessibility section and details on accessibility accommodations can be found on the Helpful Info page.

    Inclement Weather Plan:

    The Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine. Under severe 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 their guests to three 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 graduating seniors will be notified via email. Details will also be available at the Welcome + Giving Center at the Stewart M. Reid House. The Ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed on the Commencement homepage.

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    International Student Graduation Celebration

    2-4 p.m.
    Tent, Center for the Arts Green

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    All graduating international students and their families and friends are cordially invited to the 2024 International Student Graduation Celebration hosted by the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) and co-sponsored by Alumni & Parent Relations. Come join us for refreshments, group photos, speeches, music, and performances. All graduating international students who come to the celebration will receive a commemorative gift from OISA!