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 Celebration *Plans are being reviewed for Class of 2021

Senior Celebrations: A Toast to New Beginnings!

Alumnae Induction Ceremony & Senior Soirée

The Wellesley College Alumnae Association (WCAA), The Wellesley Fund, & Senior Gift Committee invite you to join us for a festive evening featuring:

  • Induction into the Alumnae Association
  • Toast by President Paula A. Johnson & WCAA President Georgia Johnson ’75
  • Commencement Speaker Reveal
  • Soirée with music, food, and champagne
Senior Week

Due to the revised academic calendar for spring 2021, Senior Week activities will be spread out between the week between Term 3 and Term 4 as well as the end of the semester. Exams end Tuesday, June 1st. 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

Plans for the class of 2021 are still being reviewed.


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 Cap and Gown **NOW open for online ordering**

Due to reports of a possible data incident at Herff Jones, please contact Dean Black if you have not yet ordered your cap and gown. If you have already ordered, please monitor your payment card account statements and credit reports and report any unauthorized activity immediately to your financial institution.

If you have questions about Commencement attire, please email

Senior Awards and Honors

Information on senior prizes

Honor Society Awards

Phi Beta Kappa

The Society was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, on the 5th of December in 1776 and first extended its privileges to women on equal terms with men in 1875. The Society has always remained true to its original purpose in seeking to foster the love of wisdom and sound knowledge and to recognize and promote excellence in learning at the undergraduate level. The Wellesley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa usually holds three election meetings during each 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

2021 Special Circumstances

The academic calendar for spring 2021 was modified to reduce risk during the pandemic. Due to this change, grades may not be finalized until after the commencement ceremony. The Registrar's Office will mail diplomas to each eligible graduate. It is important to make sure you have an updated address on file to receive this mailing.

Bursar Hold

If you have a Bursar Hold on your account, we encourage you to resolve any holds before Commencement day. Please contact the Student Financial Services office. On Commencement Day, the Student Financial Office will be open in case there are any remaining outstanding charges. You will need to have the hold removed in order to receive your diploma.


Due to reports of a possible data incident at Herff Jones, we do not recommend ordering a yearbook at this time. If you have already ordered, please monitor your payment card account statements and credit reports and report any unauthorized activity immediately to your financial institution.

Residence Hall Move Out for Graduating Seniors

2021 Spring Semester students move out information is pending.

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