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 Soiree and Commencement Speaker Reveal: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Hoop Rolling: Saturday, April 23, 2022
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.
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.
We have partnered with Oak Hall through the Wellesley College Bookstore for your convocation and graduation regalia. Please visit the Oak Hall site for ordering.
Online ordering has closed. If you pre-ordered a gown, you may pick up your pre-order during Bookstore Hours. If you did not pre-order you may still visit the Bookstore to purchase a gown in person versus online.
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 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 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.
In their last semester at Wellesley, seniors should stay updated with information regarding degree requirements, key deadlines, and commencement policies.
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.
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 email@example.com.