Commencement FAQ

a dozen seniors in cap and gowns from 1911

These graduates from 1911 may have had similar questions. Answers are up to date!

When and where will the Commencement ceremony be held?
Commencement will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, outdoors under the tent on Severance Green. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Guest seating will open at 8:00 a.m.
 
Are tickets required for Commencement? Is there a limit on the number of guests I can invite?
Commencement tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony under the tent on Severance Green. There will be adequate seating to accommodate your guests, or they may view the ceremony in air-conditioned venues on the college cable television network in Jewett Auditorium, Collins Cinema, and Pendleton Hall.
 
Are umbrellas and raincoats necessary?
Students, faculty, staff, and guests may want to bring an umbrella and/or raincoats to Commencement as they may be needed walking around campus from one event to another. Please take into consideration the ever-changing nature of New England weather.
 
Where do I park?
Parking for the general public is available at several locations around campus and will be marked. Once you have arrived on campus via the Route 16 or Route 135 entrances and are on College Road, parking attendants will be available to help you find a parking space. A designated parking area will be provided for guests who have mobility impairments and are driving themselves and have requested this in advance. Please see information on Disability Services during Commencement.
 
How do I obtain information about disability services during graduation activities and Commencement 2014?
Students, faculty, staff, and guests requiring accommodations during graduation activities and Commencement should make requests as soon as possible and no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.  Please contact Jim Wice, director of Disability Services, at 781.283.2434 or by email to jwice@wellesley.edu to request an access accommodation for you or a guest. Please feel free to call if you have questions about any other disability-related need.

An online map of campus shows ramps and accessible entrances (click on the wheelchair icon at upper right). You can also download a PDF of a Wellesley College map showing accessible entrance locations and the most level pathways across campus is located at.
 
Where do I purchase/reserve tickets for the Thursday, May 29 Baccalaureate Day Picnic Lunch?
Reservations are required for the picnic lunch at Tower Courtyard overlooking Lake Waban. There is no limit on the number of guest tickets. Please remember to include your graduating senior in your ticket count when you place your order. Tickets are $15.00 per person. You may reserve/order your tickets online or by emailing wellesleyfresh@wellesley.edu or by calling 781.283.2297.  Payment can be made by credit card or check. Reservations will not be accepted after Friday, May 23. You may pick up your tickets at the Wellesley Fresh offices in the Physical Plant, next door to the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.  If requested, we will send your tickets to your Wellesley College Unit mailbox address. Tickets not picked up by Tuesday, May 27, will sent to you via campus mail.
 
Will there be food served after the Commencement ceremony?
Following Commencement, a complimentary light lunch and reception will be held under the Chapel lawn tent for the Class of 2014 families and guests. No tickets are required in order to attend.
 
What if my family cannot travel to Wellesley College?
For family and friends who cannot travel to Wellesley, the ceremony will stream live online, viewable from any computer with Flash player (9 or higher) and a high-speed network connection, or an iPad.
 
How do I order my gowns and tams?
The Herff-Jones representatives will be on campus at the Wang Campus Center, Room 415, for graduating seniors who need to *purchase gowns and tams. Sale dates and times are:

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Friday,  May 30 (Commencement morning), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

*Please e-mail Mary Holliday at mhollida@wellesley.edu with any questions.
 
Where can I order class rings or graduation announcements?
Graduation announcements or class ring inquiries can be made to Brooke Sheerin with Herff-Jones at necollegesales@aol.com. Herff-Jones will also be on Campus at the bookstore April 23 and April 24 with ring samples and announcements.
 
Do I need to attend the Commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 28?
All graduating seniors must attend the Commencement rehearsal under the tent on Severance Green on Wednesday, May 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please do not invite guests. Attendance is required for the entire rehearsal. Rehearsal typically runs until 4:00 p.m. Requests for permission to be absent, for serious reasons only, should be submitted to your Senior Class Dean by Friday, May 23.  Reminder: Commencement attire is NOT worn at rehearsal.
 
How do I get my diploma?
Diplomas will be distributed immediately following the ceremony until 2:15 p.m. in the Clapp Library Main Reference Room. Graduates only (no families) should come to pick up their diploma. If you don't pick up your diploma on the day of Commencement, it will be mailed to you.
 
What if there is a Bursar's hold on my account?
You may be able to resolve the issue immediately. Go to the Student Financial Services office on the first floor of Green Hall, and if you pay your outstanding charges, you can come back to the Clapp Library Main Reference Room and get your diploma until 2:15 p.m. We encourage you to resolve any holds before Commencement day.
 
Can I purchase additional tickets for the Thursday, May 29, Baccalaureate Day service?
Each graduating senior will be issued one complimentary guest ticket provided in their Commencement packet for the Baccalaureate Day service at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m., as seating is limited in the chapel.  No additional tickets may be purchased. Only seniors and guests with a ticket will be seated inside the Chapel. Additional seating will be available in the tent adjacent to the Chapel with large projection screens in place for viewing the ceremony. Please note: On Baccalaureate Day, if there are still seats available in the Chapel, staff members will inform the guests seated under the tent. Additional guest seating will be available on a first-come basis.
 
What activities are occurring during Senior Week?
Senior Week is a week-long celebration held in the spring between the end of classes and before Commencement. For a listing of Senior Week events and/or if you have any questions, please contact the Class Council for the Class of 2014 at 2014-class-council@wellesley.edu.

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