For Seniors

Welcome to your senior year, Class of 2021!

Gathered here is a great deal of useful information for seniors, including information about finishing your degree and participating in Commencement. Plan to check back frequently as we add to this material over the year, and let Dean Black know if you have questions or suggestions about other topics to include.

 

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September

September 2: Convocation

Convocation

The Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:30 pm formally opens the academic year.  This year, our Convocation will be Virtual.  More information about Convocation will be posted soon.  

 

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Information Session - offered by Career Education

September 9:  Navigating the Job & Internship Search - offered by Career Education

Note:  The Daniels Fellowship Application is due October 1st by noontime. 

The Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship Application is due October 5th by 5:00 pm

Please note the following important deadlines. The Registrars office has more detailed information for you to read.

  •  Friday, September 4 at 4:30 pm:    Deadline to submit paperwork for a cross-registered course
  •  Friday, September 4 at11:59 pm:    Deadline to ADD a Term 1 course
  •  Tuesday, September 8 at 4:00 pm:  Deadline to submit SPRING & SUMMER 2020 incomplete work   to instructors.
  •  Friday, September 11 at 11:59 pm:  Deadline to DROP a Term 1 course

 

Date yet to be determined:   Senior Graduation Form will be open to complete:  This is an important form which you will use to identify and acknowledge your final Wellesley semester, and share plans for participation in Commencement.

Date yet to be determined:  Major/Minor Confirmation Form open to complete:  update your major and minor selection(s) (if applicable) and re-submit to your advisor(s) for approval. 

 

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October

                                                 

October 1, Noon:     Applications for the Daniels Fellowship due 

Friday, October 23:   October degrees conferred

Sunday, October 18:  Fall Mid-semester break begins

Sunday, October 25:  Fall Mid-semester break ends

 

Be aware of academic dates and deadlines in October.  You can find the dates in the Academic Calendar:

     

    Tuesday, October 13 - 4:30 pm:  Deadline to WITHDRAW from a Term 2 course

    Friday, October 16:                Final exams begin

    Saturday, October 17 - 4:00 pm:  Final exams end, Final Papers Due

    Monday, October 26:              Fall Term 2 Classes Start

    Friday, October 30 11:59 pm:     Deadline to ADD a Term 2 course

     

     

    The Senior Graduation Form AND the Major/Minor Confirmation Form are usually due by the mid-October.   Look for an email from your class dean. 

     

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    November

    Take time to meet with your Dean and faculty advisor with any questions.

                                                   

    Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break begins

    Sunday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Break ends

     

    Be aware of academic dates and deadlines in October.  You can find the dates in the Academic Calendar:

     

    Friday, November 6 11:59 pm:  Deadline to DROP a Term 2 course

    Monday, November 30:          Classes Resume

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    December

    Be aware of academic dates and deadlines in December.  You can find the dates in the Academic Calendar:

     

    Friday, December 11:              Deadline to WITHDRAW from a cross-registered Fall semester course

    Friday, December 11:              Fall Term 2 Classes END

    Friday, December 11  4:30 pm:   Deadline to WITHDRAW from a Term 2 course 

    Saturday, December 12:           Fall Term 2 Exams Begin (remotely)

    Friday, December 18 4:00 pm     Fall Term 2 Final Papers Due and Final Exams End 

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    January

    Please note the following important deadlines. The Registrars office has more detailed information for you to read.

     

    Monday, January 25:  Deadline to submit Fall Term 1 and Fall Term 2 incomplete work to instructors

     

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    February

    Please note the following important deadlines. The Registrars office will have more detailed information for you to read.Cross Registration for Spring 2021 Terms: Please be sure to read the Important information regarding Cross Registration in your final semester and how it may affect receiving your diploma on Commencement day and how it may affect your graduation date.

     

    Monday, February 1:   Spring Term 3 Classes begin

    Monday, February 15:  President's Day - Class ARE held

    • TBD: Deadline to submit MIT paperwork to the Wellesley Registrar's Office for Spring 2020 courses
    • TBD: Credit/Non Deadline 
    • TBD: The last day for Seniors to add a program (Major/Minor). Your Senior Declaration/Senior Confirmation needs to be submitted and approved by this deadline via the Major/Minor Application at: MyWellesley > Administrivia >Major/Minor Declaration & Confirmation. If you are no longer pursuing a Major or Minor please click on the “detail” button next to your Major, scroll down and click on “Drop Declaration“ button. If your Senior Major/Minor confirmation is now approved and you are substituting spring courses, there is no need to update your form. It is important that you check with your Major/Minor Advisor to ensure that the substituted course will indeed complete your Major/Minor Program(s).
    • TBD:  Drop Deadline

    Transfer of Credit Approvals & Transcripts:  

    • TBD: The last day for the Registrar's Office to receive an official transcript for any approved transfer credit requests (for courses taken in Fall of 2020 and earlier). Be sure that your transfer of credit application has been approved by the department. Track the status of your request using the transfer credit request app. If you have previously submitted a transfer of credit request and you did not complete the course or do not need it approved to complete your requirements, please cancel your request(s) in the application below. 
    • Important: If you think that you will have a problem meeting this deadline please contact your Class Dean immediately.
    • You may check the status of your request or cancel your requests at: MyWellesley > Administrivia >Transfer of Credit Requests
    • If you see a Transfer Credit course is missing on your record and/or is missing a distribution and the hosting institution has sent us a transcript, please contact us at registrar@wellesley.edu immediately.

    Study Abroad Transcript for Fall 2020 Term: In most cases, your program or hosting university/college will send Wellesley College (Office of International Studies (OIS) an official transcript automatically. However, as a senior you should contact your program directly and ask them if they can expedite the process so we have your transcript by March 1st. Once we receive the transcript, OIS will evaluate the credit values. Your transcript will be forwarded to the Registrar’s office for posting after you submit your study abroad survey using Abroad 101.com. Please note, you do not need to fill out a Transfer Credit Request form for a Study Abroad course that has an equivalent subject/department at Wellesley, falls under the category liberal arts and for which you do not wish to request distribution, major or minor credit. Submit a Transfer Credit Request Form if you wish to count the course toward an unmet distribution or major/minor requirement. Asking for approval for multiple requirements that you have already completed may delay your form as it sometimes requires review by multiple department chairs.

    Senior Portraits for the  2021 Legenda Yearbook

    Portraits will be taken in business attire, and cap & gown.  Academic attire will be provided.

        When/Where    TBD 

    Students may schedule an appointment at www.ouryear.com, using school code 230.  

    Questions?  1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (687-9327), during normal business hours.
     

    Pre-order a hoop for Hoop Rolling! 

    Each hoop costs $20 and The office of Student Involvement & Leadership will order as many as are requested. If you don't preorder a hoop before the deadline, it is unlikely that they will be able to provide one for you. All requests are due by a date in early March (yet to be determined) AND you must pay for them by a date yet to be determined if you wish to receive a hoop! The Office of Student Involvement will let you know when they have arrived in early April :-)

     

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    March

      Pre-order a hoop for Hoop Rolling! 

    Each hoop costs $20 and The office of Student Involvement & Leadership will order as many as are requested. If you don't preorder a hoop before the deadline, it is unlikely that they will be able to provide one for you. All requests are due by a date in early March (yet to be determined) AND you must pay for them by a date yet to be determined if you wish to receive a hoop! The Office of Student Involvement will let you know when they have arrived in early April :-)

    Fill out the order form HERE: Hoop Order Form

    Commencement speech submissions are due early April. See the Commencement Resources section for rules and requirements.

    Traditionally, one senior addresses the graduating class and their guests during the Commencement ceremony.  The process for applying to be the senior speaker occurs in the spring and includes the following general steps: 

    • Write a speech, about 5 minutes long (2-3 typed pages, double-spaced), sharing your thoughts about your class and your years together at Wellesley. The speech should not include your name or any other identifying pieces of information.
    • Submit the speech in pdf format, with separate cover sheet that includes your name, email address and title of speech, via email to advising@wellesley.edu by a date yet to be determined.  

    A committee of class council members, faculty members, and Dean Black will read the speeches and select finalists, who will be invited to present their speeches to the committee.  The committee will then make a final selection by late April.

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    April

    Senior Speaker

     

    Commencement speech submissions are due early April. See the Commencement Resources section for rules and requirements.

    Traditionally, one senior addresses the graduating class and their guests during the Commencement ceremony.  The process for applying to be the senior speaker occurs in the spring and includes the following general steps: 

    • Write a speech, about 5 minutes long (2-3 typed pages, double-spaced), sharing your thoughts about your class and your years together at Wellesley. The speech should not include your name or any other identifying pieces of information.
    • Submit the speech in pdf format, with separate cover sheet that includes your name, email address and title of speech, via email to advising@wellesley.edu by a date yet to be determined.  
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    May

    Please note the following important deadlines which determine whether your diploma will be available to you on May 28, 2021.  The Registrars office has more detailed information for you to read.

    • We will update this section with a day/time re:  The last day to withdraw from a Spring 2021 course (including cross-registered courses) at the Registrar’s Office. Before withdrawing from a course it is important for you to speak with your Class Dean to verify that it won't affect your graduation plans.
    • We will update this section with a day/time re: - Final grading deadline for MIT Courses in the Final Semester.
    • No later than a date to be determined -- if your official grade in a cross-registered course is received by this extended grade deadline, you will receive a May Diploma. Your record will be reviewed for degree completion after Commencement and if your degree requirements are complete, we will mail your diploma to you.

    • Final Grades Received After a date to be determined  -- If your official grade is received after this extended grade deadline, you will not be eligible for a May diploma. Your record will be reviewed in September and your graduation date will be October 2021. Once your grade is received and your record is certified, we will provide you with a letter that states your degree requirements are complete and your degree will be conferred in October. This letter is helpful for both employment and graduate school admissions purposes.

     

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    June

    Please note the following important deadlines which determine whether your diploma will be available to you with a May, 2021 graduation date:

    • No later than a date to be determined -- if your official grade in a cross-registered course is received by this extended grade deadline, you will receive a May Diploma. Your record will be reviewed for degree completion after Commencement and if your degree requirements are complete, we will mail your diploma to you.
    • Final Grades Received After a date to be determined  -- If your official grade is received after this extended grade deadline, you will not be eligible for a May diploma. Your record will be reviewed in September and your graduation date will be October 2021. Once your grade is received and your record is certified, we will provide you with a letter that states your degree requirements are complete and your degree will be conferred in October. This letter is helpful for both employment and graduate school admissions purposes.
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    How can I purchase my robe, tam & tassel?

    Class rings, announcements and custom regalia including Tams, Tassels and gowns can be ordered directly through our vendor, Herff Jones.   Herff Jones has multiple manufacturing facilities and the process for ordering from each is a little confusing.  The website is currently being updated - in the meantime, I hope that these instructions can help you with your purchase.    

     

    Please note:  

    • Gowns and Tassels are ordered and shipped separately from Tams.  

    • There is no cost for domestic or international shipping. Use Promo Code FREESHIP. 

    • Shipping is a minimum of 5-7 business days.  2nd-day or overnight delivery is not available.  

     

    TAMS: 

    Access the Heff Jones special Wellesley webpage: 

    Click on “order a tam”  Order page for Tam 

    Order a Tam button with an image of a tam

    To order a Tam  ($34), 

    Select Wellesley Tam, and choose your cap size.

    Upon checkout: 

    • Disregard the Expedited Manufacturing Options

    • Disregard the Shipping Options (2nd day and overnight are not available) 

    For TAMS: 

    If you have any questions, please contact customer service at (800) 552-3228 or email academicregalia@herffjones.com

     

    GOWNS AND TASSELS: 

    Access the Heff Jones special Wellesley webpage: 

    Click on “order a gown”  Order page for Gowns and tassels.  

    Order a Gown button with an image of a gown

    To order a gown ($26) and red tassel ($8),   you may need to select the Cap & Gown menu option

    screenshot of the Heff Jones website menu

    For GOWNS and TASSELS: 

    If you have any questions, please contact customer service at (800) 837-4235. 

     

     

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    How can I purchase a 2021 Legenda Yearbook?

     Visit the yearbook website to purchase & enter code 13396. Each yearbook is $100. (includes shipping within the U.S.). Ordering deadline is May 28, 2021. 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 Jessica Grady (jessica.grady@wellesley.edu) with any questions.

     
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    How can I purchase a Wellesley College Class Ring?

    The Wellesley College Class Rings are sold via an online order form directly through our vendor, Herff Jones.

    The rings are fully customizable.  Samples and sizings can be found at the College bookstore.

     

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    Senior Speaker Application Instructions

    Senior Speaker, Class of 2021 

     

    Commencement speech submissions are typically due by early April. See the Commencement Resources section for rules and requirements.

    Traditionally, one senior addresses the graduating class and their guests during the Commencement ceremony.  The process for applying to be the senior speaker occurs in the spring and includes the following general steps: 

    • Write a speech, about 5 minutes long (2-3 typed pages, double-spaced), sharing your thoughts about your class and your years together at Wellesley. The speech should not include your name or any other identifying pieces of information.
    • Submit the speech in pdf format, with separate cover sheet that includes your name, email address and title of speech, via email to advising@wellesley.edu by a date yet to be determined.  

     

    Contact: Class Deans Office | Schneider Center, 2nd Floor | advising@wellesley.edu | 781-283-2325