Wesleyan's 190th Commencement Ceremony

Wesleyan’s 190th Commencement Ceremony is on Sunday, May 22 at 11 a.m. Faculty and graduates assemble on the top of Foss Hill at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place on Andrus Field in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online. 

At Commencement, we will be recognizing three extraordinary individuals with honorary degrees: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who will also deliver the Commencement address; Joseph J. Fins ’82, physician, professor, and renowned medical ethicist; and Gloria Steinem, award-winning journalist and political activist.

2022 Commencement Ceremony Live Broadcast
10:45 a.m. EDT, May 22

Join us here at 10:45 a.m. EDT on May 22 or on the Wesleyan University Facebook page to view the Commencement Ceremony live.

 

Commencement Essentials

Find out all of the essential information about Commencement 2022!
Commencement Essentials

Commencement Speakers

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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Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Freeman A. Hrabowski III is a writer and passionate advocate for underrepresented groups studying in STEM fields; he has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and success. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, and in 2012 was named by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

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Joseph J. Fins ’82

Joseph J. Fins ’82, is an accomplished physician, bioethicist, and academic and a great champion of the public health and the rights of people with brain injury. He is the E. William Davis, Jr. MD Professor of Medical Ethics, professor of medicine, and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an attending physician and the director of medical ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, on the adjunct faculty of Rockefeller University, and the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law and a visiting professor of law at Yale Law School. Dr. Fins is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Academico de Honor of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain. He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and serves on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment.

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Photo by Katie Lyman

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a fearless political activist, feminist organizer, and writer who has dedicated her life and work to dismantling patriarchy and other forms of social injustice. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms. and was instrumental in the magazine’s move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968, she helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. 

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  • Rita Moreno Congratulates the Class of 2022

    Rita Moreno, who was previously announced as a recipient of an honorary degree, is no longer able to attend because of an unexpected scheduling conflict. Ms. Moreno recorded a video message expressing her warm congratulations to the Class of 2022.
    Photo by Mark Hill

    Watch Moreno's Message

COVID-19 Campus Visitor Guidelines

It is our intention and hope to celebrate Commencement with family and friends. We do not anticipate limitations to the number of guests attending the outdoor ceremony on Andrus Field, however, we will continue to assess conditions of the pandemic and will provide updates if any modifications are required. Per COVID-19 campus visitor guidelines, all guests attending Commencement must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means receiving a booster shot within 30 days of CDC eligibility. By attending the Commencement ceremony, you attest to being fully vaccinated. We ask that you continue to make note of safety guidelines outlined within the Keep Wes Safe website.