Commencement

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

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

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Class of 2019 Schedule of Events

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

Picnic Lunch

  • Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Tower Courtyard
  • Seniors and guests. Tickets may be purchased. Ticket cost and reservation method will be posted by March 2019.

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.
  • 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). 

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: TBD
  • Advance reservations required. Please RSVP. For questions, please contact Amira Quraishi, Interim Dean of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at aquraish@wellesley.edu.
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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.
  • 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.
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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
781.283.3321  

Commencement Team:
Email Commencement Team
781 283 2375