Especially for Students

student procession at commencement

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

There are 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 - Thursday, April 2, 2020

Senior Celebrations: A Toast to New Beginnings!

Alumnae Induction Ceremony & Senior Soirée

The Wellesley College Alumnae Association (WCAA), The Wellesley Fund, & Class of 2020 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

Spend a week with your fellow Wellesley seniors in preperation for Commencement.  The Class Council sets the agenda for activities during this time.  Senior Week is a time to enjoy being with your classmates after the semester ends and before commencement activities are under way.  Please check the Facebook Class of  2020 page for more details as they are scheduled.

Commencement Rehearsal - Friday, May 29, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Seniors only, attendance is required.  If you cannot attend, please notify your class dean in advance.  Students should arrive at the Academic Quad by 1:45 p.m. to walk the procession route with the Registrar's Office before finding your assigned seat at Severance Green Tent 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

Seniors may purchase Commencement attire on campus from our vendor, Herff-Jones. 

Sales will take place in the Lulu Wang Campus Center, on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 12:45pm-4:45pm 
Seniors traditionally wear their gowns on the last day of Spring semester classes. (The last day of classes is Wednesday, May 6, 2020)

Friday, May 29, 2020, 10:00am-2:00pm  (Rehearsal Day)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 (Commencement Day), 8:00am to 10:00am


Robe, Tam, and Tassel:   $60
Tam and Tassel Only:     $34
Robe only:                 $26
Souvenir Tassel:           $ 8

**Method of payment: cash or a personal check (no credit cards, please). 


If you do not have the financial resources to purchase Commencement attire, please contact the Students' Aid Society.  They have a limited number of gowns available to lend to graduating seniors.  Contact Catherine Kefalas at 781-283-2296 (email or Kat Longee at 781-283-2992 (email

Questions about caps and gowns should be directed to the Class Deans office

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. 

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 pick up your diploma at the Clapp Library Main Reference Room. 



Visit the yearbook website to purchase & enter code 13396. Each yearbook is $100. (includes shipping within the U.S.). Ordering deadline is May 31, 2020. The yearbook is published in the fall and shipped directly from the publisher. All student organizations, sports, major events, senior portraits, and spring commencement festivities are featured. Email Abigail Stevenson at with any questions.

Residence Hall Move Out for Graduating Seniors

Residence halls close for graduating seniors on:

Sunday, May 31st at 8:00 pm

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