a sea of red: the class of 2024 standing in Hay Outdoor Theater for their orientation photo

Wellesley will celebrate the red class of 2024 on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

The ceremony will take place outdoors on Severance Green beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET and will also be livestreamed for anyone planning to watch the event remotely. Captions will be displayed on both the in-person feed and on the livestream.

The following draft schedule is tentative and subject to change with the exception of Commencement Exercises.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2:00 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal
Severance Green Tent (seniors only, attendance is required)

Thursday, May 16, 2024 

9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Academic Department Celebrations
 Economics at the Academic Quad Tent
 Science Center at the Chapel Lawn Tent

10:45 a.m.‐11:30 a.m. Sigma Xi Initiation
Jewett Auditorium (seniors and guests)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Luncheon
Tickets are required for students and all guests and a link to purchase tickets will be posted in the spring.
Bates Hall Culinary Center

1:15 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m. Senior Class Picture
Severance Green Hill (photos available for purchase from Panfoto)

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Celebration
Houghton Chapel with limited seating. This event is ticketed to allow at least one family member per student.  Tickets will be distributed to each student at Rehearsal.
Please view more information here.

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Academic Department Celebrations continue after the Baccalaureate Celebration
  Humanities at the Chapel Lawn Tent
  Social Sciences at the Academic Quad Tent
  Arts at the Davis Plaza

4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Jewett Auditorium (seniors and guests)

8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Concert
Houghton Chapel (seniors and guests)

Friday, May 17, 2024  (Commencement Day)

9:30 a.m.  Procession Formation for students
Academic Quad

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Commencement Exercises (also live streamed)
Severance Green Tent  Seating opens at 8:30 a.m.  No Tickets are needed.

1:15 p.m.‐ 3:00 p.m.  Complimentary Light Lunch & Reception (graduates and guests)
Houghton Chapel Lawn

Class of 2024 orientation photo courtesy of Panfoto




Future commencement dates

Class of 2020:   June 2025, in conjunction with the class fifth reunion 

Class of 2025:   Will be announced soon

Contact Info

Press Contacts:
Email Media Relations
Stacey Schmeidel

Commencement Team:
Email Commencement Team