Special Events

Flower Sunday

Dating back to 1875, Flower Sunday is the oldest tradition at Wellesley.

Each year in the fall, all entering students are matched with a Wellesley big sister. On Flower Sunday, first-year students receive flowers from their Wellesley big sister as an 'official' welcome into the community, and together they come to the flower-filled Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center for a wonderful multifaith program.

Click here to watch the 2019 Flower Sunday video (For non-Wellesley Community members, please request access via the link)

Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration Trips 2019

Read more about alternative breaks sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual life here!


The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Choral Music program present an evening of candlelight, music, readings, and carols. A long-standing Wellesley tradition, Christmas Vespers heralds the arrival of the holiday season in the beautiful setting of Houghton Chapel.  

Click here to watch the 2019 Vespers Service


2018 Vespers Service


Baccalaureate is a gathering of graduating seniors and their families/friends to celebrate the journey of each class through Wellesley College, held the day before commencement each year. It is a time to be together in a more personal way; an original celebration planned by seniors for seniors and includes, dancing, drumming, singing and lots and lots of memories.

Click here to watch the 2021 special virtual Baccalaureate Celebration