Especially for Students

student procession at commencement

Planning ahead for your commencement will ensure a wonderful experience for you and your guests.

There are typically several pre-commencement events that are held on campus during spring semester for you to attend. Please mark those dates. Please also monitor the class emails coming from your Dean or the Registrar to stay up to date on checklist items.

Senior Celebrations

Senior Soiree and Commencement Speaker Reveal:  Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hoop Rolling:  Saturday, April 23, 2022


Senior Week

Spend this time with your fellow Wellesley seniors in preparation for Commencement. The Class Council sets the agenda for activities during this time and will be carefully planning events that meet all current safety protocols and guidelines. This is a time to enjoy reflection with your classmates after the semester ends and before commencement activities are under way. Please check your class Facebook page for more details as they are scheduled.

Commencement Rehearsal

For a typical commencement:  Seniors only, attendance is required.  If you cannot attend, please notify your class dean in advance.  Students should arrive to the senior line up location and walk the procession route with the Registrar's Office before finding your assigned seat at the ceremony site by 2:00 p.m.  Rehearsal is a time to find your assigned seat, understand the flow of the ceremony, and who to look for on the day of commencement if you have any questions.   

See the rest of the Commencement schedule on the Commencement homepage.

Graduation Regalia Cap and Gown

We have partnered with Balfour for your graduation regalia.  Please visit the Build A Grad site for ordering.

There will be two cycles for ordering regalia.

    Cycle 1 begins now until the deadline ordering date of January 21, 2022
    Cycle 2 will begin February 1, 2022, with an ordering deadline date of March 16, 2022

Pick up options:  Delivered to an address ($15.00 extra) or delivered to the Wellesley College Bookstore

• Cycle 1 regalia orders may be picked up in the Bookstore beginning March 1, 2022.
• Cycle 2 regalia orders may be picked up in the Bookstore **ORDERS are ready for PICK UP NOW**
• If you choose the ship to home option, regalia will be delivered to the address you entered.

**If you have missed the two cycles for ordering, the Bookstore has ordered a backup supply.  Please visit the Bookstore to purchase your cap and gown and alert them that you did not pre order.  The Bookstore will also be open the week of commencement.
Pricing for 2022:
Bachelor Complete Package (Cap, Gown, purple tassel with class year)   $27.38
Bachelor Cap and purple tassel (with class year) only                                 $16.16
Bachelor Gown only                                                                                          $21.71
If you have questions about your order, please visit the Build A Grad site, or direct your quesiton to the Wellesley College  Bookstore.  
Senior Awards and Honors

Information on senior prizes

Honor Society Awards

Phi Beta Kappa

Established in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. The society's mission is to advocate for a rigorous liberal arts education, to promote the love of learning as a fundamental value, and to recognize and reward academic excellence in its many forms. The Wellesley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa holds one election per year.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi is an international honor society of science and engineering whose members’ research spans the disciplines of science and technology. Founded more than 125 years ago, Sigma Xi has chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The number of individuals selected each year varies.

Latin Honors

Latin Honors award students with an average of 3.60 or higher as Wellesley College Scholars cum laude; students with an average of 3.75 or higher as Durant Scholars magna cum laude; and students with a 3.90 or higher average as Durant Scholars summa cum laude.

Checklist from your Dean & Registrar

In their last semester at Wellesley, seniors should stay updated with information regarding degree requirements, key deadlines, and commencement policies. 

Receiving your diploma


Diploma Case/ Holder
Students will receive their diploma case during the commencement ceremony when they walk across the stage. Receiving the diploma case will appear in formal photos. 

Paper Diplomas and Electronic Copy of Diploma
All financial obligations to the college must be met before the electronic and paper diploma can be released. On commencement day, students will receive an email with a link to an electronic copy of their Wellesley diploma. In June, the paper diploma will be mailed to each graduate. Please check the Registrar’s Office website for more information.

Financial Holds
If you have a financial hold on your account, please contact Student Financial Services (SFS) before Commencement day to resolve your hold. On Commencement Day, staff in Student Financial Services will be available to assist with outstanding balances and payments. You will not receive your diploma until all financial obligations to the college are met.


This year the Legenda has a new price ($56 including shipping) and a new publisher, TreeRing, which plants a tree for every yearbook sold! You can purchase a yearbook through the TreeRing website using this password: 1016358940683769.

If you decide to purchase a yearbook, it is important that you create an account with your own email and select the parent role, so that your student can still add their own account to receive signatures, etc.

If you’d like to buy a senior ad (also known as a recognition ad), you can do so through your parent account on the TreeRing website. The yearbook has limited space available for these ads, so be sure to purchase them soon. Senior ads are great ways to highlight student orgs, sports teams, friends, and more.

If you have any questions about the yearbook, please email

Residence Hall Move Out for Graduating Seniors

Typically our graduates follow the schedule below.

Residence halls close for graduating seniors on the same day as the commencement ceremony.  Please plan accordingly.

For more information about Important Dates from the Residence staff, please visit their website

Where to purchase Class Rings, Diploma Frames and other items?

The Wellesley College Bookstore has preferred partners for graduation items. Please check their website for more information or stop by the store.

For 2022, please visit the preferred partnerships: