Commencement update

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, Wellesley will not be able to host an in-person commencement this year. While nothing can replace our traditional commencement, this May 31 we will go forward with a virtual ceremony, during which we will confer degrees so that graduates are able to move forward with careers and further academic pursuits. Next year, when we expect this pandemic has passed, we will gather at Wellesley to celebrate in person with our red class of 2020. For more information, see President Johnon’s Update on Commencement and Reunion 2020.

graduates cheering

Commencement at Wellesley College honors the transition of Wellesley students to Wellesley alumnae through events and traditions

Class of 2020 Schedule of Events

The commencement schedule of events is subject to change with the exception of Commencement Exercises. Please check back periodically for updated information.


Friday, May 29, 2020

R.O.T.C. Commissioning Ceremony

  • Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Hay Outdoor Theater
  • Senior cadets and guests. No ticket required.

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Severance Green Tent
  • Seniors only, attendance is required. Students should arrive to the Academic Quad by 1:45 p.m. to walk the procession route with the Registrar's Office
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Sigma Xi Initatiation

  • Time: 10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Jewett Auditorium
  • Seniors and guests.

Picnic Lunch

  • Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Tower Court Courtyard, overlooking Lake Waban
  • Tickets for students and their guests may be purchased.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic with beautiful views of Lake Waban prior to attending Baccalaureate.  Tickets will be available on a website that will open in March.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash payment.

Senior Class Picture

  • Time: 1:15-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Severance Green Hill
  • Seniors. Photos available for purchase from Panfoto.

Baccalaureate Celebration

  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Houghton Chapel
  • Graduates admitted without a ticket.  One ticket provided to each senior for guest admittance to the Chapel.  
  • Additional viewing locations will be announced.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium
  • Seniors and guests.

Baccalaureate Concert

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center
  • Seniors and guests


Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Commencement Day

Procession Formation

  • Time: 9:20 a.m.
  • Location: Graduates - Academic Quad, alphabetically. Faculty - Outside of Founds Hall, on Jewett Road.
  • Graduates and Faculty begin to line up for the formal procession.

Commencement Exercises

  • Time: 10:30 a.m.  *Tickets are not required for this ceremony
  • Location: Severance Green Tent, air conditioned spaces in Collins Cinema, Jewett Auditorium, and Pendleton East.
  • Seating opens at 8:30 a.m. Also live-streamed.

Complimentary Light Lunch & Reception

  • Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. following Commencement
  • Location: Chapel Lawn Tent
  • Seniors and guests.

Diploma Pick-Up

  • Time: 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • Location: Clapp Library 
  • Seniors only.
Future Commencement Dates: Class of 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

Class of 2021:   Friday, May 28, 2021

Class of 2022:   Friday, May 27, 2022

Class of 2023:   Will be announced soon

Class of 2024:   Will be announced soon

Contact Info

Press Contacts:
Email Media Relations
Casey Bayer

Commencement Team:
Email Commencement Team
781 283 2375