Commencement questions? Find your answers here.
When will the Commencement ceremony be held?
Commencement will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Seating will open at 8:30 a.m.
Are tickets required for Commencement? Is there a limit on the number of guests I can invite?
Tickets will not be required for the ceremony in 2018. There should be adequate seating to accommodate your guests. Additionally, there are air conditioned venues available in Jewett Auditorium, Collins Cinema, and Pendleton Hall.
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Graduation Caps and Gowns
Panoramic Class Photo
Class Rings, Diploma Frames, Announcements See also the Wellesley College Bookstore for gift ideas.
Photo of Graduate receiving diploma
Order Flowers: In advance on the website, or at the kiosk located near the ceremony
Volunteering for Commencement activities?
Student Ushers: Residential Life staff will recommend student ushers to work with the Events Office team. If you are interested in volunteering, you should contact your Resident Director to state your interest. There are limited openings. You must be available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of commencement week to assist with multiple tasks. Names will be added to the list in April.
Staff Volunteers: We welcome staff volunteers. Please contact Lynne Payson if interested in volunteering.
Preparing for Weather?
Please take into consideration the ever-changing nature of New England Weather. The Commencement ceremony under the tent on Severance Green Lawn will continue rain or shine. In the event of rain, please be prepared to wear appropriate shoes and clothing. We also recommend bringing your own reusable water bottle to help reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles. This is particularly helpful in the case of a very warm day. There will be water stations set up at the ceremony.
Parking attendants will guide families to several locations around campus. 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 require accessible parking and have the appropriate tag.
Please take note of the lot you are parked in. It is easy to forget which location you are parked in as many of the spaces are in fields.
There will be transportation, both shuttle service and golf car service, from the parking areas to the ceremony and back to the parking areas.
Where may I take photographs?
Wellesley College Campus is alive with beautiful plantings and gorgeous outdoor settings. Throughout the Commencement activities, there will be many opportunities to take photographs. Here are some of our favorite photo opportunities:
Senior Week activitiesThursday Senior Class PhotoThursday Procession to the Chapel for BaccalaureateThursday post Baccalaureate ReceptionFriday pre ceremony and post ceremonyFriday during the ceremony we recommend that families stay at their seat and snap a photo of the Jumbo Screen showing their student processing and more fun candid shots that will appear on the viewing screens in all locations. family members will not be able to be close to the stage to take photos as students walk across the stage for the conferring of degrees. Instead, to record this moment, the College hires a photographer for this event, and that person will take a professional photo of each student, as the President greets them. That photo will be sent, compliments of the College, to the student after the ceremony.Friday post ceremony light lunch is a beautiful setting for gathering everyone together for celebratory photos.
How do I obtain information about disability services during graduation activities and Commencement?
Students, faculty, staff, and guests requiring accommodations during graduation activities and Commencement should make requests as soon as possible, no later than three weeks prior to Commencement. To request accommodations for Commencement, you may use the online Disability Accommodation Request Form, or Contact Disability Services at DisabilityServices@wellesley.edu. Please feel free to call 781-283-2434 if you have questions about any disability-related need. A Disability Access Campus Map shows ramps and accessible entrances.
Where do I purchase/reserve tickets for the 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. You may reserve/order your tickets online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 781.283.2897. Payment can be made by credit card or check. Reservations will not be accepted less than seven days prior to the cermony. Purchased tickets will be delivered to your student's Wellesley College unit mailbox address.
Will there be food served after the Commencement ceremony?
Following Commencement, a complimentary light lunch and reception will be held for families and guests. This event is not open to the public.
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.
Obtaining a travel visa for family members to visit from other countries?
If you would like to invite your family members to visit the United States while you are here, they may need to apply for a B-1/B-2 tourist visa at the American Embassy in their home country. Click here for more information.
How do I purchase my gown and tam?
New and Recycled gowns are available. Click here for more information.
The Herff-Jones representatives will be on campus in the Spring. Dates will be announced by the Class Deans.
Pricing: (2017) Gowns $26, Tams $34, Tassel $6 (optional)
The website for Herff-Jones is: www.herffjones.com/college/wellesley
Questions: Please e-mail Kelly Chilson, Class Dean’s Office at: email@example.com
Where can I order class rings, diploma frames, or graduation announcements?
Graduation announcements or class ring inquiries can be made with Herff-Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/wellesley.
Do I need to attend the Commencement rehearsal?
All graduating seniors must attend the Commencement rehearsal. 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 19th. 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 in Schneider Building, 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 Baccalaureate service?
Each graduating senior will be issued one complimentary guest ticket for the Baccalaureate service at Houghton Chapel. 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 visual monitors 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 2018.
Class of 2018 Yearbook Orders?
Click here to purchase and enter code 13396. Each yearbook is $100. (includes shipping within the U.S.). Ordering deadline is June 1. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.