Class of 2022 plans are currently being reviewed.
During a typical commencement celebration, Family and friends are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony. Some years require tickets, but more often the celebration is open to all guests that are able to come. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 781-283-2375.
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 Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, MA, please contact the hotel by phone at 1-781- 239-4000, ask for the Reservation Office, and request the Wellesley College Commencement room block.
- 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.
Need disability-related accommodations? Students or guests needing disability accommodations during Commencement should make accommodation requests using the Disability Accommodation Requests online form.
Manual Wheelchair for use during Commencement
If an in person ceremony takes place in 2021 we may not be able to provide wheelchairs during the pandemic. Your family member will need to sign for the chair at pickup and return it by 3:00 p.m. To rent a wheelchair privately, you may contact Byrne Home Health Center in Natick by calling 508-655-3656.
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 auxilliary viewing areas. Registering early will help us to plan for any accommodations.
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
Transportation may not be available during the COVID-19 pandemic so please plan accordingly. If the ceremony is open to visitors, we will ensure that there is proper egress from parking to the ceremony site as well as offering a drop off area. We are monitoring all state, federal, and local guidelines and will update this site with any new information.
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.
Wellesley Fresh Dining Hours for will be posted when available.
2019 Hours for an example of what is typically open during commencement celebrations:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Bae Pao Lu: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tower: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Ramadan Service 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Bates: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Emporium: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Leaky Beaker: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Bates: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Bae Pao Lu: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tower: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM * Closed for Picnic Lunch
Emporium: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Leaky Beaker: Closed
*Optional Picnic Lunch at Tower Courtyard. See Ticket information.
Friday, May 31, 2019
Bates: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tower: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Pomeroy: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Collins Cafe 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM *Near ceremony venue
Emporium: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Leaky Beaker: Closed
Typical arrangements for in person events:
There is no 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.
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. 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.
Commencement Exercises:and other related programs
Ticket information for the class of 2022 will be updated when plans for the ceremony are announced.
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.
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 are typcially:
Sunday, Commencement Day: 9am-5pm
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.
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 email@example.com
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 www.gradimages.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.