a dozen seniors in cap and gowns from 1911

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

When will the Commencement ceremony be held?

Commencement will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016.  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. 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.

Preparing for Weather?

Please take into consideration the ever-changing nature of New England Weather. The Commencement ceremony on the Academic Quad Lawn will continue rain or shine. In the event of rain, please bring umbrellas and/or raincoats and 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 Commencement.  If the weather forecast calls for unsafe weather, we will implement the Extreme Weather Commencement Plan.  

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, below.

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 Friday, May 8, 2015.  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 Thursday, May 26 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 781.283.2897.  Payment can be made by credit card or check. Reservations will not be accepted after Friday, May 20. You may pick up your tickets at the Wellesley Fresh offices in the Physical Plant Building, next door to the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.  If requested, we will send your tickets to your Student 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.  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 purchase my gown and tam?  

NEW this year:  Recycled gowns available.  Click here for more information.

The Herff-Jones representatives will be on campus in the Campus Center Room 413 on the following days:

Wednesday, May 4th 8:30am - 1:00pm (for wearing on last day of classes)

Wednesday, May 25th 9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, May 27th 8:30am - 10:00am


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:  kchilson@wellesley.edu

Where can I order class rings or graduation announcements?    

Graduation announcements or class ring inquiries can be made with Herff-Jones at  www.herffjones.com/college/wellesley.  Herff-Jones will also be on Campus at the bookstore in the spring displaying ring samples and announcements.

Do I need to attend the Commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 25?

All graduating seniors must attend the Commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 25, 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 20nd.   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 provided in their Commencement packet for the Baccalaureate service at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m.. 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 2016 at 2016-class-council@wellesley.edu.