Events

Thursday, May 23, 2019

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours of Operation

Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Office of Admission Information Session
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission
Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)

Friday, May 24, 2019

8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours of Operation and Cardinal Connection Cafe
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Pi Cafe Hours
Snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Senior Films
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Senior Class Diploma Pick-Up
Members of the Class of 2019 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.
Registrar’s Office, North College (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Office of Admission Information Session
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Welcome Picnic Lunch
Join friends, classmates, and family members for a picnic lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, lunch tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the lunch location-- please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:
$25 per person for all other adults and children over age 12
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Russell House Lawn (Show in Map)

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission
Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center Open House
Join QAC students staff and faculty for an open house and discussion of the Center’s programs and services. At 2:45 p.m. in room Allbritton 103, we will have a brief presentation of our programs and following a look back on our first decade, we will invite your input as we plan the next one. Rachel Barlow of Wesleyan’s Institutional Research office will lead several focus groups where you will be able to tell us what works and what doesn’t, what we need to change and what to keep, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum.
First Floor, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families
Join graduating seniors and their families and friends, as well as other members of the Wesleyan community, for champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres at this casual reception.
Russell House (tent), 350 High Street (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cardinal Connection Cafe
This is the place to meet-up with classmates, relax between events, charge your phone, enjoy a game of pool, or just take in the scenery. Snacks, beverages, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
President’s Celebration Honoring Barbara-Jan Wilson
Please join President Roth, trustees, emeriti trustees, leadership donors and volunteers, and members of the Wesleyan community as we celebrate the retirement of Barbara-Jan Wilson after 36 years of extraordinary leadership and service to the University. Please note that this event will be held in conjunction with the Leadership Donor and Volunteer reception. Program and remarks at 5 p.m. All are welcome.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Red, Black, and Green! All-College Dinner
Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal, eco-friendly buffet dinner in the Marketplace at the Usdan University Center.
TICKETS: This event requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, dinner tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the dinner location-- please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes,graduates, and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register:
$30 per person for adults and children over age 12
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Marketplace, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Shabbat Services
Please join Wesleyan’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome. No reservations necessary.
The Bayit, 157 Church Street (Show in Map)
7:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner
At this special dinner for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship.
TICKETS: This dinner requires advance purchase/registration.
$30 per person for all and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Friday Night Annual Reunion Party
Annual Reunion Party at Eclectic Featuring a Jam Session with “The Fossils of MoCon”
Alumni from the ‘70s through the ‘80s will have you dancing the night away to music that appeals to all ages.  The line-up includes alumni members of Wes bands: Big Apple, Praxis, Urban Renewal, Roots, Unskilled Labor, Biest, The Bees, Contraband, Bittersweet, Panacea, Wesleyan Singers, Stu Abramson’s senior project, Nowhere Mountain Band, Stompers, Little City String Band, and Zydecats.
Send song requests to Jack Freudenheim '79, P'18, '20– the more times a song is nominated, the more likely they’ll play it!
Musicians: Charlie Berman ’76;  Ann Beutler Millerick ’77; Banning Eyre ’79; Jack Freudenheim '79, P'18, '20; Wil Galison ’81; Chuck Gregory ’74; Tom Kovar ’76; Robert H. Levin ’81; Bill Levinson ’79; Win Lockwood ’78; Beth Masterman '79, P'08; Jim Melloan ’77; Mike O'Brien ’80;  Matthew Penn ’80 P’15; Greg Shatan '81, P'22; Tom Valtin ’79; Dirck Westervelt ‘82
200 High Street (Eclectic) (Show in Map)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours and Cardinal Connection Cafe
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pi Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Annual Family Swim
Enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels will be provided.
Freeman Athletic Center (Show in Map)
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1, 3.2, 4.3 Mile Courses)
Start the day off with an exhilarating run through campus.
Meet at the base of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ART AND ART HISTORY: Center for the Arts Green (Show in Map)
COLLEGE OF FILM AND THE MOVING IMAGE: Lobby, College of Film and the Moving Image (Show in Map)
MUSIC: Center for the Arts Green (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Senior Films
Goldsmith Family Cinema (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing: Journalism and Freedom of the Press Today--A Conversation
Introductions by Anne Greene, University Professor of English; Director, Wesleyan Writers Conference; Coordinator, Wesleyan Writing Certificate
Moderator: Laura Walker ’79, P’22 was the founding President and CEO of New York Public Radio and held that position for 23 years until earlier this year. She is now an Executive Fellow in Residence at the Yale School of Management and an advisor to New York Public Radio, Common Sense Media and a range of startups. New York Public Radio is an independent nonprofit that owns the nation’s largest public radio station group and is one of the world’s preeminent producers of podcasts and national radio stations and reaches 26 million people each month, including Radiolab, On the Media, and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Ms. Walker was honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting. In 2009 and again in 2017, she was named by Crain’s as one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
Presenters: James Friedlich ’79, P’17 is CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an endowed grant-making organization that supports local journalism and the free press nationwide. The Institute is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, winners of twenty-three Pulitzer Prizes. Under Jim’s leadership, the Institute has invested aggressively in investigative reporting, new technology, and newsroom diversity, using the Inquirer as a live laboratory for the digital transformation of important public service news organizations throughout the U.S. Jim served earlier as group Publisher of The Wall Street Journal, overseeing business operations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Jeffrey Goldberg P’19 is the editor in chief of The Atlantic. He is the 14th editor to lead The Atlantic since its founding in 1857. Before becoming editor in chief in 2016, Goldberg served as the magazine's national correspondent. Previously, he had served as Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. Earlier in his career, he covered the Middle East for The New York Times Magazine, and the mafia for New York Magazine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, for his coverage of terrorism, and the Daniel Pearl Prize. He is a distinguished fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and of the American Academy in Berlin. 
Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WESEMINAR College of the Environment
Regardless of one's opinions about issues such as climate change or carbon taxes, it is clear that environmental issues will dominate national and international politics and news over the next century. To fully prepare students to participate effectively in these important discussions, Wesleyan has taken a major step to support environmental research, communication, teaching, and policy development, with its Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment (COE). Come listen to the exciting details of the Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment by Professor Barry Chernoff, Chair of the Environmental Studies Program. Then join us while the Class of 2019 presents their senior capstone projects during our poster session.
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Crew Reception and Alumni Row
Relive good times on the water.  All former oarsmen, oarswomen, and friends are invited to gather at the boathouse for a morning row, refreshments, and christening of our newest shell the “Taggart”.
Macomber Boathouse, 35 Harbor Drive (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas (Show in Map)
ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
PHILOSOPHY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
SCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (Show in Map)
EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (Show in Map)
11:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Assemble for the Annual Parade of Classes
Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity featuring a live Dixieland band. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. rain or shine, and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting. Look for the class year signs and line-up beside the sign with the year you graduated.  The parade begins on Huss Courtyard (behind the Usdan University Center) and parades to Crowell Concert Hall.  All parade participants are encouraged to parade into Crowell Concert Hall for the Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting.
Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill
This lively festival of entertainment and games is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. Don’t miss the magic show, tattoos, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, picnic lunch tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the lunch location - please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of the graduates will be charged the following for lunch:
$17 per person for adults and children
Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill (Show in Map)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting
The 2019 Distinguished Alumni, McConaughy, and Outstanding Service Awards are presented at this time.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Gordon Crawford ’69
Jeffrey Deitch ’74
Robert King ’84
Jenno Topping ’89
Scott Gottlieb ’94
Thomas Kail ’99 - Keynote speaker 
Bozoma Saint John ’99

Outstanding Service Award Recipients
Bert Edwards ’59
Edward Murphy ’59
Daphne Kwok ’84

James L. McConaughy Jr. Memorial Award Recipient
Alexander Suk Hyun Chee ’89
Crowell Concert Hall (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Wesleyan Posse Veteran Pre-Graduation Celebration
Celebrate the second graduating class of Wesleyan Posse Veterans! This event will honor veteran students in the Class of 2019 who have paved the way for the continuing success of the program. Members of the graduating class will play music, sing, and present remarks. Food and drinks will be served.
Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pa’lante! Ceremonia de Graducíon
Sábado 25th, Mayo 2019
Les invitamos a Pa’lante! una ceremonia de graduación en español de Wesleyan! Pa'lante! será una ceremonia íntima en honor a los graduados de la comunidad Latinx y sus queridos para reconocer sus logros en Wesleyan. Se servirán comida y bebidas.
We cordially invite you to attend Pa’lante! the third annual Spanish language graduation ceremony intended to provide an intimate ceremony for non-English speaking families. Pa’lante! will honor Latinx identifying students in the Class of 2019 and recognize their achievements in the Wesleyan community. Food and drinks will be served.
#WesLAN
This event is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Network (WesLAN)
Tent, Center for the Arts Lawn (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strolling Magician and Magic Show
For children of all ages!
Andrus Field (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
SOCIOLOGY: Russell House
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Library, Boger Hall (Show in Map)
ECONOMICS: Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
GOVERNMENT:Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
HISTORY: Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
PSYCHOLOGY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
RELIGION: Tent, Religious Studies (Show in Map)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES SENIORS RECEPTION: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC) (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Senior Thesis Showcase Reception
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by two students Cara Blumstein ‘20 and Emma Frohardt ‘20, presenting 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. Co-sponsored by University Relations. There will be a reception with refreshments in honor of the seniors at 2 p.m. with curator comments at 3:30 p.m.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
ENGLISH: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro Room 6 (Show in Map)
BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
COMPUTER SCIENCE:Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Highwaymen Common Room, 300 High Street (Show in Map
RUSSIAN, EAST EUROPEAN, AND EURASIAN STUDIES: Room 208, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
THEATER: Theater Patio and East Room, Theater Studios, 275 Washington Terrace (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Alumni of Color (AOC)/ Students of Color (SOC) Reception and African American Studies Open House
Please join us as we honor Alumni and Students of Color, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center for African American Studies, and acknowledge Associate Dean of Admission Cliff Thornton, who is retiring after more than 30 years of dedication and service to the Wesleyan community. Remarks will begin at 3:15 PM and tours of the Malcolm X house will be available to guests before and after the scheduled program.
#WesAfAm50 #WesAOC
This event is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Alumni of Color Council (AOCC).
Tent, Davison Health Center which is adjacent to the Center for African American Studies (Show in Map)
2:45 PM to 4:30 PM
Athletic Department Senior Awards Presentation
Come celebrate the accomplishments of our senior student-athletes as they gather together one final time as undergrads in Silloway Gymnasium.
Silloway Gymnasium, Freeman Athletic Center (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Announcement! The Wesleyan Documentary Project
Scott Higgins, Director of the College of Film and the Moving Image will introduce Wesleyan’s initiative in documentary production and study featuring our new Professors of Practice Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry ’86, the award-winning duo behind the production company The Film Posse. Majora Carter ’88, Hon '13 will moderate a panel of distinguished alumni filmmakers and show a sample of documentaries by Wesleyan graduates. The roster of Wesleyan documentarians includes James Longley ’94, Jessica Sanders ’99, Marc Levin ’73, P’05, Lana Wilson ’05, Martha Shane ’05, and many others. Join us to discuss documentary’s place in the liberal arts and our new University resource, the Wesleyan Documentary Project.
Goldsmith Family Cinema (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES ALUMNI RECEPTION: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC) (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Senior Thesis Showcase
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by two students Cara Blumstein ’20 and Emma Frohardt ’20, presenting 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. Co-sponsored by University Relations. There will be a reception with refreshments in honor of the seniors at 2 p.m. with curator comments at 3:30 p.m.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Reception
Please join members of the LGBTQ Alumni Network, parents and friends as we welcome graduating seniors to the alumni community.
The Resource Center, 167 High Street (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
DANCE: This open house is combined with the reception following the WESEMINAR Remembering Sam Miller '75 in the CFA Theater.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Please find a list of the seniors who have been elected into Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2019 here.
Featured speaker: Joyce Jacobsen, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cardinal Connection Cafe
This is the place to meet-up with classmates, relax between events, charge your phone, enjoy a game of pool, or just take in the scenery. Snacks, beverages, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anugerah 2019: A Celebration of Graduating International Students
Anugerah is a Malay/Indonesian word that means “gift” or (more literally) “presents given to the deserving”. Dedicated as a gift for family, friends, faculty, and administrators, Anugerah is a performance showcase that celebrates international and transnational identities in an increasingly globalized world. Anugerah will begin with congratulatory remarks for graduating international students, followed by performances, and a closing reception. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone!
https://www.facebook.com/events/356743371640380/.
The Facebook event also has a longer session description.
World Music Hall (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)
Come join the class of 2019 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.
Faculty Speaker: Margot Weiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Student Reflections From:
Vanessa Tostado '19
Kati Young'19
Matthew Erodici '19
Nikolas Ortega '19
Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
9:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Traditional All-College Sing
Steps of North College; Rainsite: Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
All-Campus Tent Party
All-Campus Party Featuring DJ Russian Bear with an All-Star cast from the Class of 2004
DJ Russian Bear is world-renowned for seamlessly beat-juggling cutting-edge and classic sounds. From his early start mining mixtapes in his bedroom at age 14, the Bear quickly rose to sharing stages with hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), The Beatnuts, Akynele and Aesop Rock before and during his days at Wesleyan ('04). Since then, Russian Bear has become sought out on a bi-coastal and international stage, DJ’ing events for major fashion houses and media outlets such as Burberry, Givenchy, Rock & Republic, BCBG/Max Azaria, Converse and Cole Haan to name a few.
An All-Star group from Class of '04 musicians will be joining Russian Bear throughout the evening for a diverse program full of musical delights.
The infamous piano-man Joaquin Cotler ’04 (known to many classmates as "Joaquin the Dream" for taking full advantage of WesCo's Clothing Optional policy) will open up with selections from his project 'Joaquin and The Hot Knivesdrawing from a combination of classic honkey-tonk piano blues, post-war electric blues and psychedelic rock & roll.
Tacuma Bradley ‘04 of NYC's popular Afro-Beat Fusion ensemble Mamarazzi and his own solo project Unity Band will grace us with his sultry tenor saxophone fuzing elements of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and World music to render out good vibes and positive energy from anyone and anything within earshot.
Sharing enlightened perspectives in Hip-Hop we'll then be joined by Jon Souza ‘04 (a.k.a. MC Maniphes) known across campus and worldwide for his work with the Wesleyan-born band Illegalize, mixing up soulful blend of raw New York Hip-Hop, sonically rich psychedelic funk, and Brazilian undercurrents. Beyond music, Jon's current work as an educator, community organizer and internationally renowned graffiti muralist is being sponsored by the NYC Mayor's Office's Fund for Public Health with a special focus on reducing mental health stigma and bringing people together around mental health awareness.
DJ Kieran Meadows ’04  (also of Illegalize fame) will be backing MC Maniphes and curating his own vibes. To date, he has become one of NYC's most sought after DJs on the club/lounge scene having performed for the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Spike Lee, Vernon Reid, Savion Glover and the New York Knicks. His weekly Monday music event 'The Refresh' When not too busy with his music or vibrant career in international journalism, you can find him in the kitchen cooking up and sharing homemade plant-based and vegan meals.
A world-class vocalist, Jeannie Gagné (Class ‘82) has sung with Philip Glass, George Duke, opened for Bare Naked Ladies, performed for NBC-TV with comedians Penn and Teller, toured with reggae legend Frankie Paul, and sings on soundtracks such as for the feature film “Anima Mundi.”
Jeannie is Also AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music AND OFFERS PRIVATE MENTORSHIP AND INSTRUCTION. She teaches technique and performance in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, R&B and classical styles. The Jeannie Gagné Method focuses on the whole person, on health and inspiration, and on bringing on the jewel in each of us whether singing or just speaking. She is expert at the mechanics behind how the voice works and has a clear, fun way to teach students the real facts about their vocal instruments.
Backing all on drums and percussion will be Brian McKenna ‘04, film/TV composer and founder of Manhattan's boutique music studio BtOVEN MUSIC and Sam Bathrick ’04 filmmaker and co-founder of Brooklyn-based Resonant Pictures; both are former and current Mamarazzi members respectively and students of Wesleyan's legendary Abraham Adzenyah, whose award-winning work together and independently has achieved international acclaim in forums as diverse as Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, the Super Bowl, popular TV shows and more.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Registration and Information
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Graduate Student Breakfast Celebration and Rehearsal
The Graduate Marshal will prepare the graduating MA and PhD students for the Commencement Ceremony.
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Roman Catholic Mass
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
GLS Graduates' Commencement Preparation
GLSP staff will prepare graduating students for the Commencement Ceremony.
GLS Office, 74 Wyllys Ave. (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
10:15 AM to 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. 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 to Dana Coffin via email at dcoffin@wesleyan.edu, or by phone at (860) 685-3756 by May 14 if you would like to participate. 
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
187th Commencement Ceremony
The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2–2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online

Details about this year's Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients can be found here.

Commencement 2019 Procession map.

Tickets: All are welcome to attend Wesleyan's 187th Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. 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).

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 “C” lot off of Church Street or the Office of Admission parking lot. University staff and students driving golf carts will be available at each lot 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).  You can sign up for seating in the accessibility section and find more details pertaining to accessibility accommodations here

Water: Wesleyan is proud to announce a bottled water-free Commencement. Reusable bottles and water stations are available to keep guests hydrated. If you do not wish to take your reusable bottle home with you, please leave it under your chair or place in one of the clear recycling containers located on Andrus Field or at the President’s Commencement Celebration so that we can reuse bottles for future occasions.
Andrus Field (Show in Map)

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 graduating seniors will be notified via email. Details will also be available at Registration (Exley Science Center). 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 online. Please check the Reunion landing page or the WesCast webcast page for details the week of May 20, 2019.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)

Following the ceremony

President’s Commencement Celebration: A gathering celebrating the Class of 2019 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) (Show in Map)

GLS Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution: GLS graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!
Tent, Center For the Arts Green (Show in Map)