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Commencement at Wellesley College honors the transition of Wellesley students to Wellesley alumnae through events and traditions

On Friday, May 31, Wellesley celebrated the class of 2019, its 141st graduating class. For a recap of the day, visit the Daily Shot photo essay, and find video and speeches on the 2019 page.




Class of 2019 Schedule of Events

The commencement schedule of events is subject to change with the exception of Commencement Exercises. Please check back periodically for updated information.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Severance Green Tent
  • Seniors only, attendance is required. Students should arrive to the Academic Quad by 1:45 p.m. to walk the procession route with the Registrar's Office
Thursday, May 30, 2019

R.O.T.C. Commissioning Ceremony

  • Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Hay Outdoor Theater
  • Senior cadets and guests. No ticket required.

Sigma Xi Initatiation

  • Time: 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Jewett Auditorium
  • Seniors and guests.

Picnic Lunch

  • Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Location:Tower Courtyard
  • Seniors and guests. Tickets for students and their guests may be purchased here. The cost is $15.00 per person. Enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic with beautiful views of Lake Waban prior to attending Baccalaureate!  Tickets are also available at the door with cash payments.  

Senior Class Picture

  • Time: 1:15-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Severance Green Hill
  • Seniors. Photos available for purchase from Panfoto.

Baccalaureate Celebration

  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Houghton Chapel, Multifaith Center, adjacent Lawn Tent, and Library Lecture Room
  • Graduates admitted without a ticket.  One ticket provided to each senior for guest admittance to the Chapel.  Tickets have been distributed to the student on campus mailboxes.
  • Viewing available in adjacent tent without the need for a ticket.
  • Viewing available in the Library Lecture Room without the need for a ticket (Air conditioned). 

President's Reception following Baccalaureate

  • Time: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Location: Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, first floor
  • Seniors and guests.

Legacy Photograph

  • Time: 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hay Outdoor Theater
  • Graduates and their Alumnae family members will pose for a photo together

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Jewett Auditorium
  • Seniors and guests.

Baccalaureate Concert

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center
  • Seniors and guests

Community Dinner Celebrating Ramadan

  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Tower Dining Hall
  • Advance reservations required. Please RSVP. For questions, please contact Amira Quraishi, Interim Dean of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at
Friday, May 31, 2019 - Commencement Day

Procession Formation

  • Time: 9:20 a.m.
  • Location: Graduates - Academic Quad, alphabetically. Faculty - Outside of Founds Hall, on Jewett Road.
  • Graduates and Faculty begin to line up for the formal procession.

Commencement Exercises

  • Time: 10:30 a.m.  *Tickets are not required for this ceremony
  • Location: Severance Green Tent, air conditioned spaces in Collins Cinema, Jewett Auditorium, and Pendleton East.
  • Seating opens at 8:30 a.m. Also live-streamed.

Complimentary Light Lunch & Reception

  • Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. following Commencement
  • Location: Chapel Lawn Tent
  • Seniors and guests.

Diploma Pick-Up

  • Time: 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • Location: Clapp Library 
  • Seniors only.
Future Commencement Dates: Class of 2020, 2021, 2022,

Class of 2020:   Sunday, May 31, 2020

Class of 2021:   Friday, May 28, 2021

Class of 2022:   Friday, May 27, 2022

Contact Info

Press Contacts:
Email Media Relations
Casey Bayer

Commencement Team:
Email Commencement Team
781 283 2375