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The Cap and Gown Loaner Program is designed to assist students who are unable to purchase a cap and gown set for Commencement.  Priority is given to aid-eligible students. It should be noted that supplies are limited, and certain sizes may not be available.

Any student who did not pre-register for a cap and gown loaner program can stop by the Usdan Administration office beginning Tuesday, May 3, at 9am to find out if any caps and gowns are still available.

A $40 cash deposit is required and will be refunded immediately upon return of the cap and gown.

The program ends on Wednesday, May 4, at 3pm.

Passes are on sale now for $30 at the Usdan box office, open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-4:30pm– you can also charge passes to your student account. Tickets will be sold until Friday May 5th, so be sure to get them soon! You must have a Class of 2016 WesID to purchase a ticket. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by or email the SALD Office (located in Usdan), or email Ellen Paik at epaik@wesleyan.edu.

Guest Passes will start going on sale on Tuesday May 3rd and will also be sold until Friday May 5th. Guest Passes will be $30, and will grant guests access to the following events: the Kick-Off Carnival, Outing Day at Camp Wes, and Beach Day. Guest Passes must be purchased by a Senior Host, and cannot be transferred to other people. Senior Hosts will pick up Guess Pass wristbands on behalf of guests during wristband-pickup times (TBD). Guests must bring a current WesID or a valid state or federal ID (passport) with them to check into events, and must check in with their Senior Hosts. Guest Passes are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The weekend before Senior Week, you will exchange your ticket for a Senior Week wristband that you will wear for the full week. This wristband will be your entry to any and all Senior Week events (with the exception of first-come, first-serve events). Events include a Kick-Off Carnival, Outing Day at Camp Wes, a trip to SkyZone, Beach Day, and Spring Formal, with more events to be announced soon…

The Senior Class Officers have made every effort to make Senior Week as inclusive and affordable as possible. We are incredibly thrilled to soon announce our finalized schedule, and hope that you’re as excited as we are to celebrate our Wesleyan experience together!

All the best,
Senior Class Officers

grading mode change formThe last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Spring 2016 semester is Wednesday, April 27.  Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3; Tu 3-4; W 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

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Dear Members of the Class of 2016:

Every year on the Saturday of Commencement Weekend graduates, family, faculty, and staff gather in Memorial Chapel to celebrate “Senior Voices” — an evening of music and reflection in which graduating seniors share some of their unique and transformative memories of the last four years, as well as some of their hopes and dreams for the future.

As part of the event, one faculty member will offer a personal reflection on your collegiate careers and what lies ahead.

Perhaps, you know, or have become good friends with, a faulty member who has had a profound impact on your four years here at Wesleyan and would like to hear him or her speak from the heart about what it all means.  Here is your chance to nominate that teacher and hear his or her parting “words of wisdom.”

If you would like to nominate a particular faculty member to offer this reflection, please send me the name and department of that faculty member.  All names must be submitted by Friday, April 22nd.

“Senior Voices” is a wonderful way to recapture, relive, and rejoice in the many memories you have created here at Wes, and I urge you to participate in this selection process and in the event itself.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Father Bill Wallce
Catholic Chaplain

Want to share your personal story before you leave Wesleyan?

How are you different from that awkward confused first year student that showed up here four (or five?) years ago?

What moments and challenges have been especially important to you? Why?

What do you see yourself doing in the near future?

Senior Voices (aka Baccalaureate) is an opportunity for 3-4 seniors to share their experiences with their classmates and families before ending their Wesleyan careers and beginning new chapters of their lives. It is a time to reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wes.

We want to hear your story, so please sign up!

We need:

A short 350-450 word personal reflection essay


Monday, May 2 at 12:00 noon

Email submissions to Father William Wallace at wwallace@wesleyan.edu

To:   Candidates for Bachelor of Arts Degree
From:  Rosie Villard, Administrative Assistant V

To ensure that your full legal name is spelled correctly on your diploma, we are asking you to confirm your diploma name.  Please confirm your name as soon as possible.

In your portfolio under Enrollment Status click on Diploma Names.  The name that we currently have on file will be displayed on this page.  If your name is correct, please click on Confirm/Update button at the bottom of the page.  If your name is not correct, please make any necessary corrections before selecting the Confirm/Update button.

Please note that you will only be able to update your name once per day – if you confirm your name in error, you will need to return to the page the following day to make any corrections.

If your name contains special characters or accents, please confirm the spelling of your name without the characters or accents.  In order to make sure that the special characters or accents appear correctly on your diploma, you will be asked to link to the Special Character Diploma Name Confirmation form and send it to the Registrar’s Office.

To make a correction to your legal name for all other university records, you will need to bring a form of legal identification (birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, or legal name change document if your name has been legally changed) to the Registrar’s Office.

The diploma name system will close on Friday, April 22 at 11:59pm.

Information sessions about the Federal and Wesleyan student loans you borrowed while at Wesleyan will take place:

Monday, May 2, 2016: 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Location: Exley Science Center 148 (Woodhead Lounge)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Exley Science Center 150 (Tishler Hall)

Thursday, May 5, 2016: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Exley Science Center 150 (Tishler Hall)

These informational sessions are designed to provide you with repayment information for federal and institutional loans you may have borrowed while at Wesleyan.  Information on debt management, budget management, and default prevention, will also be presented at each session.  Representatives from the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid will be available to address your questions.

At the session, you will also receive your loan exit packet.  The packet contains a list of all the loans you have borrowed while at Wesleyan and instructions for completing mandatory Federal Stafford, Perkins and/or Wesleyan Loan exit counseling.  If you cannot attend, your packet will be mailed to your campus address.  All exit interview materials must be completed by Monday, May 16, 2016.  It is university policy to withhold both the diploma and official transcripts for any student who does not complete  mandated loan exit counseling.

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending one of these sessions.  Note that the sessions are NOT “drop-in” presentations; you should be there from the start in order to avail yourself of the information presented.

Please contact any of the individuals listed below for any questions or concerns OR if you believe you have not received any loans while at Wesleyan!

Jacqueline Outlaw
Associate Director
Office of Financial Aid
(860) 685-3320

Hrissi Haldezos
Associate Director
Office of Student Accounts
(860) 685-2823

Margaret Neale
Department Assistant
Office of Financial Aid
(860) 685-2862

The Cap and Gown Loaner Program is designed to assist students who are unable to purchase a cap and gown set for Commencement.  Priority is given to aid-eligible students. It should be noted that supplies are limited, and certain sizes may not be available.

If you are interested in participating in the program, please submit a request through this form by 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 28.

A $40.00 cash deposit is required to reserve a cap and gown.  Aid-eligible students may request a waiver of the deposit.  Tassels (which are year-specific) are not included with cap and gown loaner sets and must be purchased separately from the bookstore (about $7.00).

Cap and gown sets will be available for pick up in the Usdan Administration Office (located directly across from the Cardinal Technology Store on the following dates/times:

Monday, May 2, 9:00am – 3:15pm
Tuesday, May 3, 9:00am – 3:15pm
Wednesday, May 4, 9:00am – 3:15pm

Caps and gowns must be returned to the Usdan Center Information Desk by 3:00pm on Sunday, May 22, after the Commencement ceremony and reception, to ensure return of the cash deposit.

If you do not submit the form by April 28th, you can still try to pick up May 1-3, but there is no guarantee you will receive a cap and gown.

Dear Members of the Class of 2016:

We are busily preparing for Commencement and need your help to ensure that your name is correctly pronounced at the Commencement ceremony using the Name-Coach.com name recording service.   

Name-Coach.com allows you to record your name exactly as you and your family will want to hear it read.  If you hate your middle name, and it will not offend anyone in your family to omit it, you may do so.  If you have additional middle names that are not part of your official Wesleyan record, they can be added and read. If you are a “Jr.,” you can decide whether you want that included.  

There is additional space on the Name-Coach.com website to leave a note for the faculty members who will be reading your name at Commencement—for instance, you can add phonetic hints if you have a name whose pronunciation may be challenging to them.  

Please be sure to make your recording in a place without a lot of background noise so that your voice can be clearly heard.

Even if you are planning on not attending Commencement we ask that you login to Name-Coach.com.  You will not be required to record your name, but there is drop-down menu on the website where you can indicate that you will not be attending.

The process is fast and easy and requires that you have a phone nearby.   Simply follow the instructions in the message you will be receiving from no-reply@name-coach.com later today.  Alternatively, you can also record your name by following the instructions below.

Click this link:  https://www.name-coach.com/record/A6DC4

  1. Fill out the brief form – Include your full name as you would like it read during the ceremony (including your middle name, if you want it read)
  2. Click Save and Continue
  3. Enter the phone number of a phone near you and click Call My Phone (the phone will ring within 10 seconds)
  4. Follow the instructions to record your name.  Don’t record if there is a lot of background noise.

 That’s all there is to it!   Please record your name before Monday, May 9.

Thank you for your help.  See you at Commencement!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.23.45 PMDear Members of the Class of 2016:

Congratulations on your achievements!!  The 2016 Commencement season is approaching soon and it is time to start thinking about purchasing your graduation items such as caps and gowns.  All these items can be purchased through Broad Street Books, your local University store.  Class rings can be obtained separately through the Jostens.com website which allows you to select a design that suits your own style.

You can purchase caps and gowns beginning March 31, 2016. Class rings can be ordered anytime.  To ensure that you will obtain the correct size and fit for your graduation regalia, we recommend you purchase your items early because some sizes sell more quickly than others do.  If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the bookstore, we will be glad to have it shipped to you.  Please contact Broad Street Books to place your order and provide shipping information.  Payment will be due at the time of ordering.  A shipping and handling fee will be applied to your purchase total.  Also, Student Accounts and Middletown Cash can be used for payment on graduation regalia (Student Accounts close on May 4).

Prices for Graduation regalia are listed below.  Please note that these prices do not reflect Connecticut sales tax and that all graduation regalia are non-refundable.

  • Undergrad/ Bachelor: $39 (price includes cap & gown) only.
  • Tassels: $7.00
  • Caps & Tams can be purchased separately- Ask store personnel ($12-Caps/ $38 Tams)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (860) 685-7323.  Ask for Erin Ricker or Don Dantzler for more details. Our store hours during the week are Monday- Friday (9 am- 8 pm)/ Saturday & Sunday (9 am – 5 pm).

Thank you and again Congratulations on your well deserved honor.


Don Dantzler
Store Manager
Broad Street Books
Wesleyan University Bookstore & Café


Hey Seniors,

Please vote for your favorite Senior Week T-Shirt design! The winning design will be printed on tanks and t-shirts, and will distributed to all seniors during Senior Week. Voting ends this Friday (April 8th) at noon, so vote now here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSDLY2W

Thanks! Have a great week,

Senior Class Officers

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