Especially for Students

Commencement update for the Class of 2020

Watch the 2020 celebration online Sunday, May 31 at 12 p.m. EDT:

Facebook Live:  
Class of 2020 Website

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, we invite you to join us for a special online event on Sunday, May 31 at 12 p.m. EDT, to celebrate the achievements of and award degrees to the remarkable red class of 2020. This celebration will allow us all—family, friends, faculty, staff, and alumnae—to join together as a community to acknowledge the accomplishments, compassion, and courage of our seniors.

The program will feature remarks from Dean Marquez, Senior Class Council, President Johnson, the student speaker, and the class of 2020 commencement speaker, whose identity will be revealed as part of the program. Seniors have requested that their names not be read individually as part of the celebration, so instead we will present the names of each graduate in aggregate in a series of slides.

We invite you to join the conversation on social media using #Wellesley2020. Many of the messages and photos will be included on the class website, and this is a great way to celebrate each student while families and friends may be physically apart.  

This will not be the last time we celebrate the class of 2020. We look forward with great anticipation to a time when it is safe for us to gather on our campus to recognize these outstanding seniors as they begin their journeys as Wellesley alumnae.

Please note: For those who are not able to join us live, a recording of the celebration will be made available on the Class of 2020 website.

student procession at commencement

Planning ahead for your commencement will ensure a wonderful experience for you and your guests.

There are typcially several pre-commencement events that are held on campus during spring semester for you to attend. Please mark those dates. Please also monitor the class emails coming from your Dean or the Registrar to stay up to date on checklist items.

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Senior Celebration - Thursday, April 2, 2020 *CANCELED*

Senior Celebrations: A Toast to New Beginnings!

Alumnae Induction Ceremony & Senior Soirée

The Wellesley College Alumnae Association (WCAA), The Wellesley Fund, & Class of 2020 Senior Gift Committee invite you to join us for a festive evening featuring:

  • Induction into the Alumnae Association
  • Toast by President Paula A. Johnson & WCAA President Georgia Johnson ’75
  • Commencement Speaker Reveal
  • Soirée with music, food, and champagne
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Senior Week *Unable to celebrrate together for 2020

Spend a week with your fellow Wellesley seniors in preperation for Commencement.  The Class Council sets the agenda for activities during this time.  Senior Week is a time to enjoy being with your classmates after the semester ends and before commencement activities are under way.  Please check the Facebook Class of  2020 page for more details as they are scheduled.

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Commencement Rehearsal

**Originally scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2020 2:00 p.m. will not occur in 2020**

Seniors only, attendance is required.  If you cannot attend, please notify your class dean in advance.  Students should arrive at the Academic Quad by 1:45 p.m. to walk the procession route with the Registrar's Office before finding your assigned seat at Severance Green Tent by 2:00 p.m. Rehearsal is a time to find your assigned seat, understand the flow of the ceremony, and who to look for on the day of commencement if you have any questions.   

See the rest of the Commencement schedule on the Commencement homepage.

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Graduation Cap and Gown **NOW open for online ordering**

Seniors may now purchase Commencement attire online from our vendor, Herff-Jones

Please follow this link for full instructions on ordering.

If you have questions about Commencement attire, please contact the office manager in the Office of the Class Deans at 781-283-2325, or email advising@wellesley.edu.

Questions about caps and gowns should be directed to the Class Deans office

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Senior Awards and Honors

Information on senior prizes

Honor Society Awards

Phi Beta Kappa

The Society was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, on the 5th of December in 1776 and first extended its privileges to women on equal terms with men in 1875. The Society has always remained true to its original purpose in seeking to foster the love of wisdom and sound knowledge and to recognize and promote excellence in learning at the undergraduate level. The Wellesley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa usually holds three election meetings during each year.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi is an international honor society of science and engineering whose members’ research spans the disciplines of science and technology. Founded more than 125 years ago, Sigma Xi has chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The number of individuals selected each year varies.

Latin Honors

Latin Honors award students with an average of 3.60 or higher as Wellesley College Scholars cum laude; students with an average of 3.75 or higher as Durant Scholars magna cum laude; and students with a 3.90 or higher average as Durant Scholars summa cum laude.

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Checklist from your Dean & Registrar

In their last semester at Wellesley, seniors should stay updated with information regarding degree requirements, key deadlines, and commencement policies. 

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Bursar Hold

If you have a Bursar Hold on your account, we encourage you to resolve any holds before Commencement day.  Please contact the Student Financial Services office.  On Commencement Day, the Student Financial Office will be open in case there are any remaining outstanding charges.  You will need to have the hold removed in order to pick up your diploma at the Clapp Library Main Reference Room. 

 

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Yearbook

Visit the yearbook website to purchase & enter code 13396. Each yearbook is $100. (includes shipping within the U.S.). Ordering deadline is May 31, 2020. The yearbook is published in the fall and shipped directly from the publisher. All student organizations, sports, major events, senior portraits, and spring commencement festivities are featured. Email Abigail Stevenson at asteven3@wellesley.edu with any questions.

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Residence Hall Move Out for Graduating Seniors

2020 Spring Semester students moved out on March 17th. 

Typically our graduates follow the schedule below.

Residence halls close for graduating seniors on:

Sunday, May 31st at 8:00 pm

For more information about Important Dates from the Residence staff, please visit their website