Especially for Guests

Family Gathers in quad

Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 does not require a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony. Below is information to help you plan your visit including accessibility accommodations, hotels, religious offerings, dining hours, parking, and more. Please contact us with any questions we may not have addressed here. Contact us by email at or phone us at 781-283-2974.

Hotel Information

The Office of Parent & Family Programs often reserves a room block at a group rate for the families at several area hotels.  Rooms are based on availability.  Please make sure to request the Wellesley College Commencement room block. 

  • To reserve the Hampton Inn, Natick, MA click on the hotel name or call 1-508-653-5000.
  • To reserve the Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA please call 1-800-265-0330. 
  • To reserve the Marriott Courtyard, Natick, MA, click on the hotel name or call 1-508-655-6100.
  • To reserve the Residence Inn, Natick, MA, click on the hotel name or call 1-508-651-5250.
Accessibility and Disability Resources: Commonly Requested Accommodations

Need disability-related accommodations? Students or guests needing disability accommodations during Commencement should make accommodation requests using the Disability Accommodation Requests online form.  

Questions? Email or call  781-283-1300 or 781-283-2434. View map with disability access points on campus.

Manual Wheelchair for use during Commencement related events on Thursday and Friday

To rent a wheelchair privately at the rate of $25.00 for the week, you may contact Byrne Home Health Center in Natick by calling 508-655-3656.  The college does not provide wheelchairs for guests.

Accessible Seating because of a mobility, hearing, seeing, or health-related disability or impairment

There is limited seating capacity in the accessible areas of the ceremony site, as well as auxiliary viewing areas.  Registering early will help us to plan for any accommodations. To provide adequate seating during the ceremony, we ask that only one guest accompany each guest with limited mobility.

Accessible Seating with Aisle Space for a guest using a wheelchair

Please make a request to ensure enough maneuvering and aisle space.

Accessible Drop-off Area

There will be a drop-off area at Commencement for guests with disabilities who request this and are being driven to the ceremony.

Accessible Parking Area

A designated parking area will be provided for guests who have mobility impairments and are driving themselves and make this request.

Transportation between Parking Area, Ceremony, and Reception with lift-equipped Van

We will be operating a sedan service with a ramp to those who request this.  Additionally, there is a drop off area at Severance Green that provides a short distance to the ceremony site.  

Interpreters, Transliterators, and Captioning for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing

Our commencement ceremony is live captioned.  Requests may be made for other accommodations using the form.

Alternative-Format Programs for individuals who are blind or have low vision  

Requests may be made for audio, large print, or Braille Commencement programs: Please make your request for a large print or Braille Commencement program early to allow for production time.

Dining on Campus

Wellesley Fresh Dining Hours for will be posted when available.  

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Join us for the Baccalaureate Picnic Lunch Tickets for students and their guests may be purchased here.  The cost is $25.00 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.  


Friday, May 27, 2022

Collins Cafe is open for coffee and refreshments

The Emporium is open for coffee and refreshments

More information about our culinary centers


Parking and transportation information

Typical arrangements for in person events:

Baccalaureate Day
There is no additional shuttle service or golf cart service on Thursday.   If you are attending any activities on campus, please only park in public parking areas. The Davis Garage and the Science Center Meadow may be used for all activities. Founders Lot parking will open for the public after 3:30pm.  There will be an access van to accommodate any guests with mobility needs.

Commencement Day
Parking attendants will guide families to several locations around campus. 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 require accessible parking and have the appropriate tag.  

There is a drop off loop if you wish to let your guests off at the nearest location to the celebration site.  Please view the commencement map on these webpages.  You can then park your vehicle and meet back up with your guests.

Please take note of the lot you are parked in. It is easy to forget which location you are parked in as many of the spaces are in fields.  

There will be transportation, both shuttle service and golf car service, from the parking areas to the ceremony and back to the parking areas.

View the Commencement Map and print a copy to note where you have parked.

Ticket Information


Commencement Exercises: do not require a ticket in 2022. The only ticketed event will be the picnic lunch for students and families that will require a purchased ticket.  





Weather preparations

Please take into consideration the ever-changing nature of New England weather. An in-person commencement ceremony that is planned for outdoors, will continue rain or shine. In the event of rain, please be prepared to wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Umbrellas at the site are discouraged as they block the view of other guests. Ponchos or rain gear with hoods are recommended. We also suggest bringing your own reusable water bottle to help reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles and cups. This is particularly helpful in the case of a very warm day. There will be water stations set up at the ceremony if current guidelines allow this.

Flowers, Graduation Gifts, Bookstore Hours

Commencement Flowers will be set up near the commencement ceremony early in the morning to offer beautiful bouquets of flowers for sale, if this is allowed under current guidelines. You may also pre-order flowers if you prefer. Order Flowers in advance or at the kiosk located near the ceremony.  

The Wellesley College Bookstore has wonderful gift ideas. The Bookstore Hours for Commencement:
Friday: 9am-4pm Commencement Day



Safety and Security

Safety and security are paramount at Commencement.
Our safety precautions are intended to ensure Commencement and related events run smoothly. We appreciate your assistance as we work to ensure that Commencement is a joyous occasion for all.

Bags, Luggage, Backpacks, and Other Large Containers
Commencement attendees are respectfully discouraged from bringing large bags, luggage, backpacks, and other large containers to any Commencement activities. Please know that all such bags and containers are subject to search. Attendees are also asked not to leave personal property unattended while attending Commencement.

In the event unattended property is discovered, it may be inspected in place, removed, and searched for ownership information by College officials. Any removed property may be recovered at the Wellesley College Police Department located in the Davis Parking Facility or you can call campus police at 781.283.2121 (extension 2121 on-campus) to inquire about removed or recovered property.

Travel Visa

Obtaining a travel visa for family members to visit from other countries?

If you would like to invite your immediate family members to visit the United States for your graduation ceremony, they may need to apply for a B-1/B-2 tourist visa at the American Embassy in their home country. The Registrar's Office will assist you by providing the letter authenticating that your student is a graduate at the commencement ceremony. Students should visit this page and submit the Google Form to the Registrar's Office to begin the process. Questions? contact

Photography and Videography

Wellesley College videotapes the full Commencement Exercises and posts this video on YouTube for students and families to enjoy.

The respective companies will contact graduating seniors directly to offer these items for sale. You are not under any obligation to purchase the photos.

Panoramic Photos of Senior Graduating Class on Severance Hill:
Panfoto Order Form for the Class of 2022 (from Orientation)

Individual Photos of Graduates Receiving Diplomas:
If it is safe to do so, a photographer will be on site to take photos at an in person gathering.

GradImages is the professional photographer hired to capture photographs of each student during the conferring of degrees. These photographs will be available for students and their families to order. We encourage all students to pre-register with Grad Images in order to have viewing access to the proofs. Pre-Registration closes on commencement day. Register here
Once pre-registration closes, students and families who would like to see the proofs and haven't pre-registered should contact: Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or email Grad Images has a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.

Additional Photo opportunities with your student during a traditional spring semester and ceremony

Wellesley College Campus is alive with beautiful plantings and gorgeous outdoor settings. Throughout the Commencement activities, there will be many opportunities to take photographs. Here are some of our favorite photo opportunities:

Senior Week activities
Senior Class Photo
Procession to the Chapel for Baccalaureate
Pre ceremony and post ceremony

During the commencement ceremony we recommend that families stay at their seat and snap a photo of the Jumbo Screen showing their student processing and more fun candid shots that will appear on the viewing screens in all locations.  

Traditionally, the post ceremony light lunch is a beautiful setting for gathering everyone together for celebratory photos.