Reunion + Commencement 2024


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    Annual Family Swim

    8–10 a.m.
    Webster Family Natatorium
    Please bring your own towels and goggles.

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    50th Reunion Class of 1974 Continental Breakfast

    8–10 a.m.
    Alsop House, 301 High Street

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    Class of 1974 Women’s Gathering

    8- 10 a.m.
    Frank Center for Public Affairs, room 002
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    Post-50th Alumni Classes Lounge

    8:30–10 a.m.
    Boger Hall (formerly the Squash Court Building), Klingher Classroom (Room 113)

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    Exhibit: History through the eyes of History 330

    Olin Library, 1st floor east hallway and Ground floor hallway, open during regular library hours

    More on this exhibit
    Come see a collection of mini exhibits put together by the students of History 330, Introduction to Public History, this spring semester with the help of Wesleyan’s special collections and university archives. Each student was allowed to choose a topic of interest to them and to create both a physical and online exhibit to help them understand how to balance the standards of formal academic scholarship with the demands of interpreting history for a larger public audience. Each of these 12 unique cases give insight into various parts of Wesleyan history and items from the library’s unique collections.
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    Exhibit: Celebrating the John Waters Archive at Wesleyan: “A Legacy of Shock”

    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The Rick Nicita Gallery, The Ogden and Mary Louise Reid Cinema Archives
    The Film Center, 301 Washington Terrace More on Celebrating the John Waters Archive at Wesleyan: “A Legacy of Shock”
    John Waters began donating his archival materials to Wesleyan in 1986 and has continued to add to his collection at the Reid Cinema Archives for the last 37 years.

    This exhibit highlights posters of some of his most well-known films, as well as artifacts from his large and wide-ranging collection (artifacts are in the exhibit case at the end of the building).

    The Academy Museum in Los Angeles is hosting a year-long exhibit dedicated to John Waters titled John Waters: Pope of Trash. The exhibit is curated by Jenny He ’02 and Dara Jaffe ’90, MA ’12 and is accompanied by a 256-page catalog, edited by He and Jaffe, including an essay by Jeanine Basinger, Emerita. It opened on September 17, 2023, and the exhibit is scheduled to remain open until August 4, 2024. Most of the items showcased in the Academy Museum’s exhibit are from the John Waters Archive at the Ogden and Mary Louise Reid Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University.
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    Academic Open Houses

    9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Times and locations vary—please expand below.

    Academic departments and locations

    9–11 a.m.

    • College of Film and the Moving Image, Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, West Lobby/Patio

    10 a.m.–noon

    • Archaeology, Downey House Lounge 
    • Classical Studies, Downey House Lounge
    • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Allbritton 311 
    • Medieval Studies, Downey House Lounge
    • Philosophy, Allbritton 311
    • Science in Society, Allbritton 311

    11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (gallery exhibit is open until 3 p.m.)

    • College of East Asian Studies, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

    1-2:30 p.m.

    • Art Studio, Zilka Main Gallery

    1-3 p.m.

    • Theater, Theater Patio and Room 114 (East Room)
    • Sociology, Russell House

     

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    Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity Chapter Room Meeting

    9:30 a.m. Coffee | 10 a.m. Meeting
    242 High Street
    Welcome brothers, old and young.

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    WESeminar

    10-11 a.m.
    Please check back soon for exciting updates on WESeminars!

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    Class of 1959 Memorial Remembrance

    10-11:30 a.m.
    Boger Hall (formerly the Squash Court Building), Room 114 More on the remembrance

    The class of 1959 and their guests are invited to gather, remember, and reflect together.

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    Mystical 7 Society of Wesleyan Annual Meeting

    10 a.m.
    Templum, 100 Lawn Avenue

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    Children's Morning Story Time

    10:30 a.m.
    Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, 413 Main Street

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    Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

    11 a.m. –2 p.m.
    Pick up lunch from the Marketplace, 2nd floor, Usdan University Center. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended within online registration by May 13.
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    Annual Parade of Classes

    11:15 a.m.: Assemble at your class sign, Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center
    11:30 a.m.: Parade begins, rain or shine

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    Reunion alumni, the Class of 2024, and families: join in this festive annual Wesleyan tradition, featuring a live parade band.

    The parade begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine, beginning at Huss Courtyard (behind Usdan University Center), down College Row, and into Memorial Chapel. The parade is followed by the Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association.

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    Class of 2024 16mm and Digital Senior Thesis Films

    11:30am-5:30pm
    Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

AFTERNOON EVENTS

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    Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association

    Noon–1 p.m.
    Memorial Chapel

    More on the Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association

    2024 Alumni Association Award Recipients

    Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to alumni in recognition of achievement in their professions. Awards are traditionally presented at the Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting during Reunion & Commencement to alumni who are celebrating their class Reunion.

    • Ilene Rosenthal ’74, P’17
    • Pamela Dorman ’79
    • Shawn Dove ’84
    • Rishad Premji ’99, Hon. ‘09
    • Shivani Siroya ’04         


    Outstanding Service Awards

    The Outstanding Service Award is presented to alumni, parents or other members of the Wesleyan community in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the University, their community or the nation. Awards are traditionally presented at the Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting during Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

    • Sharon Purdie ’74
    • Harold Sogard ’74, P’17
    • Elizabeth “Betsey” Schmidt ’89
    • Sid Espinosa ’94 (Keynote Speaker)


    James L. McConaughy, Jr. Memorial Award

    Established in 1959 by the class of 1936 in memory of James L. McConaughy Jr. '36, the award recognizes a member of the Wesleyan family (including students, faculty, alumni, parents and members of their respective families) whose writing or other creative achievement conveys unusual insight and understanding of current and past events.

    • David Kendall ’79, P’24            
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    Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

    Noon–1:15 p.m.
    Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    Exhibit: Exploding and Netting: A Somatic Archive of Transpacific Movement

    Noon-4 p.m.
    Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace More on Exploding and Netting: A Somatic Archive of Transpacific Movement
    Sensing the textual, architectural, and bodily archives via the perspectives and experiences of current Chinese international students, this exhibition grapples with Wesleyan and other New England academic institution's involvement in China from the nineteenth century to the present. Featuring the artwork of Loren Yuehan Wang ’25. Curated by Yijing Lai ’24 and Xiran Tan ’24
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    Senior Thesis Selections Exhibition

    Noon-5 p.m.
    Zilkha Gallery More on the Senior Thesis Selections Exhibition
    Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2024’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition presents a work by each of the seniors from their Senior Thesis Exhibition. Works shown are in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture.
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    Academic Open Houses (Afternoon)

    Noon–5 p.m.
    Times and locations vary—expand below for details.

    Academic departments and locations

    1–3:30 p.m.

    • Sociology, Russell House

    1–3 p.m.

    • College of Letters Senior Reception & Reunion, Boger Hall, Room 324 (College of Letters Library)
    • Religion and Jewish Studies, Religious Studies Backyard, 171 Church Street
    • Psychology, Zelnick Pavilion 

    1:30–3 p.m

    • College of Social Studies Seniors Reception, Frank Center for Public Affairs, Room 304, The CSS Lounge

    2–3 p.m.

    • Writing Workshop and Multilingual Writings, Shapiro Center for Creative Writing & Criticism, 116 Mt. Vernon Street

    2–3:30 p.m.

    • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Fisk Hall, Room 208

    2–4 p.m.

    • Anthropology, Anthropology Room 6
    • Natural Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences, Exley Science Center, Terrace
    • English, Downey House Lounge
    • Romance Languages, 300 High Street, Highwaymen Common Room
    • College of Education Studies Senior and Alumni Reception, 164 Mount Vernon Street

    3–4 p.m.

    • German Studies, Fisk Hall Patio

    3:30-5 p.m.

    • Quantitative Analysis Center, Reception for QAC Students, Parents, and Alumni, Allbritton Hall, Room 103 

    3–5 p.m.

    • College of Social Studies Alumni Reception, Frank Center for Public Affairs, Room 304
    • Quantitative Analysis Center, Reception for QAC Students, Parents, and Alumni, Allbritton Hall, room 103
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    Honoring a History of Access: Reception for First Generation Graduates

    12:30–2 p.m.
    The Forum, Frank Center for Public Affairs

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    To the class of 2024: We celebrate you and are proud of how much you have accomplished for yourselves, your families, and your communities. Join us at the 4th annual Honoring a History of Access: Reception for First Generation Graduates.

    The Socioeconomic Status and Disability interns in The Resource Center created this event to honor the graduating FGLI community at Wesleyan. During the event guests will receive a complimentary lunch, custom graduation swag, and well wishes from each other and the Wesleyan community.

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    Pruzan Art Gallery Exhibitions

    12:30- 4 p.m.
    Pruzan Art Center, between Olin Library and the Frank Center for Public Affairs More on the Pruzan Art Gallery Exhibitions
    Visit the new Pruzan Art Center, located between Olin Library and the Frank Center for Public Affairs and experience two exhibitions: Air Pressure and Dürer and His Time.
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    Roaming Magic Show with Malik the Magic Guy

    12:30–2 p.m.
    Andrus Field Tent
    Malik the Magic Guy will be performing magic tricks under the Big Tent on Adrus field!

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    Women Making History – Unique Collections Open House

    1-3 p.m.
    Olin, Special Collections & Archives, Davison Rare Book Room More on Women Making History – Unique Collections Open House
    As we celebrate the class of 1974 and their role in helping Wesleyan become a fully coeducational institution 50 years ago, Special Collections & Archives, the Archaeology & Anthropology Collections, World Music Archives & Music Library, and the East Asian Art & Archival Collections invite you to search for women’s voices through items from our collections. Come see archival materials from both of Wesleyan’s rounds of coeducation; works created by women in the book arts; objects that honor girlhood and women’s experiences; depictions of women in ancient Greek pottery; and music from pathbreaking women composers and performers.
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    Lunch in Honor of the Post-50th Reunion Alumni

    1–3 p.m.
    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

    More on the Post-50th lunch
    All post 50th reunion alumni (classes of 1973 and earlier) and their guests are invited for this complimentary lunch immediately following the Alumni Assembly and Awards program. Featured speaker: Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics and Chair, All post 50th reunion alumni (classes of 1973 and earlier) and their guests are invited for this complimentary lunch immediately following the Alumni Assembly and Awards program. Featured speaker: Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics and Chair, Physical Education, Michael F. Whalen '83. Please register in advance by May 13.
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    College of Letters Senior Reception and Reunion

    1–3 p.m.
    Boger Hall, Room 324
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    Class of 2019 Fun on Foss

    1–3 p.m.
    Welcome to your first official reunion Class of 2019! Our 5th year reunion class is invited to gather on Foss Hill for fun and games.
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    Unique Collections Open House

    1–3 p.m.
    Olin Memorial Library
    Special Collections and Archives and the Davison Rare Book Room
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    Class of 1984 Roll Down Foss Hill

    2 p.m.
    Join classmates for a roll down Foss Hill.
    Meet at the top of Foss Hill
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    WESeminar

    2–3 p.m.
    Please check back soon for exciting WESeminar updates!

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    Alumni and Students of Color Reception and African American Studies Open House

    2–4 p.m.
    remarks at 2:45 p.m.
    Davison Health Center Tent

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    All are welcome to this reception honoring alumni and students of color. Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Alumni of Color Council.

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    50th Reunion Class of 1974 Lounge

    2–4:30 p.m.
    Alsop House, 301 High Street

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    25th Reunion Class of 1999 Lounge

    2-5 p.m.
    Smith Reading Room, Olin Library
    Decks of cards available for a Spades tournament during this time
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    Senior Thesis Showcase Reception

    2:30 p.m. with curator remarks at 3 p.m.
    Ezra and Cecila Zilkha Gallery

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    A reception for the Senior Thesis Showcase exhibition featuring the work of the Class of 2024’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. 

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    Athletic Department Senior Awards Presentation

    2:45–4:30 p.m.
    Freeman Athletic Center, Silloway Gymnasium

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    Come celebrate the accomplishments of our senior student-athletes as they gather together one final time as undergrads in Silloway Gymnasium.

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    College of Social Sciences Alumni Reception

    3–5 p.m.
    CSS Lounge, Frank Center for Public Affairs, Room PAC 304, The CSS Lounge
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    Post-50th Reunion Alumni Classes Lounge

    3–5 p.m.
    Boger Hall, (formerly the Squash Court Building), Klingher Classroom (Room 113)

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    LGBTQ+ Reception

    3:30–5 p.m.
    The Resource Center, 167 High Street

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    Join LGBTQ+ alumni, faculty, students, families, and friends as we welcome graduating seniors to the alumni community. Come together in recognizing outstanding undergraduate scholarship by announcing Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies (GLASS) Prize recipients.

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    WESeminar

    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Check back soon for exciting WESeminar updates!
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    Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

    4–5 p.m.
    Memorial Chapel
    With opening remarks by President Michael S. Roth '78

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    Class of 1974 Gamelan performance

    4-5 p.m.
    World Music Hall
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    Retiring Faculty Reception

    4-5:30 p.m.
    Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue
    All are welcome to celebrate.
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    Entrepreneurs & Investors: Cocktail Hour

    4-5:30 p.m.
    Mystical Seven Society Templum, 100 Lawn Avenue
    Hosted by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship More on the cocktail hour
    Join us for a cocktail hour to celebrate Wesleyan alumni interested in entrepreneurship, investment, and social innovation. Connect with leaders from across sectors and explore potential opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
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    Class of 1974 Photo

    5–5:15 pm.
    Olin Library steps

EVENING EVENTS

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    Reunion Class Receptions and Dinners

    5:30–9 p.m.
    Locations vary

    More on class dinners

    Class dinner locations are subject to change based on registration numbers. Please check back for final locations.

    $65 per person, inclusive of beer and wine reception and dinner. Advance registration and purchase required. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, a very limited number of class dinner tickets may be available, though not guaranteed, for purchase at the Welcome + Giving Center. Tickets will not be available at dinner.

    Wesleyan University Service Award recipients will be honored during each class dinner. THE WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY SERVICE AWARD (WUSA) is presented to volunteers who have given sustained service to Wesleyan University over time or who have given significant service in a specific area such as admission, career resources, fundraising, reunion planning, regional programs, or class notes. 

    Post-50th Reunion Alumni
    Class of 1974
    Class of 1979
    Class of 1984
    Class of 1989
    Class of 1994
    Class of 1999
    Class of 2004
    Class of 2009
    Class of 2014
    Class of 2019

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    Stargazing: Astronomy Open House

    9–11 p.m.
    Van Vleck Observatory
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    Traditional All-College Sing

    9:15-9:45 p.m.
    North College steps

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    All-Campus Tent Party

    10 p.m.–1 a.m.
    Andrus Field Tent

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    Celebrate with classmates, graduating seniors, and families - all are welcome! Hear the best pop, rock, and soul music from the ‘70s, '80s, and '90s with a ten-piece all-star band featuring members from both "The Future Heavies" and "The Usual Lebowskis.” The group is led by drummer Andrew Chatfield MALS '19 and includes lead vocalists Alice-Anne, Wendy Berry, and Sarah LeMieux, saxophonist and guitarist Dustin Kreidler, bassist Derek Monahan, lead guitarist Aaron Read, keyboard player David Lovelace, percussionist Brendan LeMieux, and Chris Barrett on trumpet and percussion.

    The performance will be followed by a DJ set by Mario Torres.

    A cash bar will be available (cash or Venmo). Bring a photo ID. No outside alcohol permitted.