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IMG_0376The Cap and Gown Donation Program is designed to assist students who are unable to purchase cap and gown sets for Commencement by making loaner sets available.

The success of this program relies on the generosity of graduating seniors, so if you would like to donate your cap and gown for the benefit of students in need in coming years, please indicate your interest by filling out this form.

Donation boxes will be located on the steps of North College on the day of Commencement.  An email reminder will be sent in the morning to students who have indicated interest in participating in the program.

Please think about contributing your cap and gown to this program.  Your donation will go a long way towards helping future graduates.

The admission office has an opening to join the staff as Assistant Dean of Admission, starting summer 2016 (typically July 1st).  The new Assistant Dean will be an entry-level position with a full range of admission duties–the ideal way to “test the waters” of education administration and counseling as a career AND, of course, the opportunity to serve and promote WESLEYAN!

We hope that you might be interested, personally, or know someone who would be terrific in the job.  See the brief description appended below.  The job posting is accessible on-line at:


You need to file the on-line application (including resume and cover letter) to be considered for this position.

If after reading the job description you have any questions contact Eileen DeVille, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Admission, at edeville@wesleyan.edu.

With all best wishes,

Nancy Hargrave Meislahn
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Assistant Dean of Admissions  
The assistant dean reports to an associate dean of admission and participates in Wesleyan undergraduate recruitment and selection programs by working closely with faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

A range of responsibilities include:

Travel for recruitment, including visiting schools, organizing and hosting events, interviewing candidates and meeting alumni.

Participate as full voting member of the Wesleyan admission committee.

Represent the university to students, parents, high school guidance counselors and alumni.

Considerable work with current students and faculty.

Assist in management of admission programs to include but not limited to admission volunteers, tour guides, and yield activities.

To:  The Senior Class
From:  Michael McAlear, Marshal of the Faculty
Subject:  Instructions for Commencement

Congratulations – Commencement is just a few days away.

Diploma pick-up will be held on Friday, May 20th between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. at the Registrar’s Office in North College.  You must have a photo i.d.  When you get your “real” diploma, you will also be given a number – REMEMBER YOUR NUMBER!!!  The number determines (alphabetically) where you will stand in line for the Commencement procession. Tell your friends and relatives your number; there is a map that will show them which aisle you will walk down before you take your seats.

Please report promptly to the top of Foss Hill on Sunday morning, May 22nd by 10:00 A.M. You will be lined up in alphabetical order in 5 groups around the observatory. Look for numbered signs every 75 feet or so to help you spread out. For example:

Seniors Group # 1  (#s 1 – 133)
# 1- 40  Abo to Bar   etc.

The number you were given will tell you where to line up. At each of the five major group signs there will be a faculty assistant marshal who will hand you a card (with your name and number on it). Keep the card, and follow the instructions on it! It will assist you in lining up correctly and as a control (for alphabetical order) as you line up to receive your diploma covers. Your name will not be read out during the ceremony without a card.

The procession will begin promptly at 10:45 A.M., moving down Foss Hill to Wyllys Avenue. When the first of the faculty reach the bottom of the hill, the faculty ranks will divide to create an aisle of honor through which you will march two-by-two. Follow your marshal down the hill and enjoy the professorial applause – job well done!

Once down the hill, continue to follow your faculty marshal towards the library, proceeding through the large tent. Different groups will split and proceed up different aisles for simultaneous seating. Return to a single file, and alphabetic/numeric order to take your seats. Please be seated once you are at your seat.

You will be awarded your degrees after the conferring of the graduate degrees. Joyce Jacobson, Provost of the College, will intone the phrase:  “Mr. President, I have the honor to present these 733 candidates to receive at your hand Wesleyan’s degree of Bachelor of Arts.”  You will stay seated while the president confers the degree, ending with the words: “In testimony of your achievement, I am pleased and proud to present your diplomas.”

Guided by the faculty assistant marshals, the seniors will then file up to the platform in alphabetical order to receive the diploma cover and a warm presidential handshake. As you go up the stairs to the platform, you will hand your card to the faculty marshals stationed there. He or she and Dean Phillips will then confirm that you are in order, and make sure it is your name that is proclaimed as you file past the president. Follow the marshals to the photographer, and then to return to your seats. 

The tossing of caps occurs after the Fight Song. At the end of the ceremony, only the platform party and faculty will form the recessional. Stay in your seats until they have exited, and then join in the reception on the front lawn.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held under the big tent on Andrus field. There will be an announcement made by email to that effect by Saturday afternoon. In this case there will be no procession. Please report to the tent by 10 A.M. There will be numbered signs in the tent with faculty marshals standing nearby handing out numbered cards. After getting your card, go directly to your seat and sit down.

If you arrive late and have no card, you may still be able to have your name read. Place yourself alphabetically in the line and as you file up to the platform, tell your name to the faculty marshal at the bottom of the steps. He or she may be able to find your card and insert you into the list (No guarantees!).

Have a wonderful week and graduation.

Michael A. McAlear
Marshal of the Faculty
Associate Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Dept.

President Michael Roth, Dean Mike Whaley, and Dean David Phillips

cordially invite you to a

Class of 2016 Wine & Cheese Reception
Faculty and Graduating Seniors


Wednesday, May 18
5:00-6:00 p.m.

President’s House Lawn
269 High Street


Senior Voices 2016
Wesleyan’s Baccalaureate Ceremony

Saturday, May 21
6:00 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Seniors, Families & Friends

Listen as your peers share some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan.

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Associate Professor Andrea Roberts (Chemistry)
will address the graduating class.

Reflections by

Alison Denzer-King
Cyrus Nury
Austin Tamaddon
Abigail Gruppuso

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 4.29.54 PMPlease keep in mind that to receive your diploma on Friday, May 20th your Student Account must be in good standing on Wednesday, May 18th.  You may check on the status of your account at anytime by clicking on “Student Account Center” in the “Financial Information” section of your e-portfolio. Payment(s) can be made by e-check on Student Account Center, paper check made payable to “Wesleyan University” or by cash in person at the Student Accounts Office.

The Circulation Department reminds you that all library items need to be returned to the library by Friday, May 13, 2016.

Please be advised that starting on Monday, May 16th, the library will process bills to Student Accounts for any items still charged out to your account. You may check your account to see what items are currently checked out to you. Please go to “My Account” from the “Wesleyan Library Catalog.”

If an item is lost or not returned, there will be a replacement fee of $85.00 per item, or a charge for the actual cost of the item if greater. The library reserves the right to charge a non-refundable processing fee of $35.00 per item for items returned damaged. If you have any questions about your library’s account, please contact the below staff members to clear your account.

Randy Wilson, (rwilson@wesleyan.edu, x. 3879) for collections at Olin Library
Linda Hurteau (lurteau@wesleyan.edu, x. 3728) for items at Science Library
Jenifer Hadley (jthom@wesleyan.edu, x. 3897) for items at Scores & Recordings
Kathleen Cataldi (kcataldi@wesleyan.edu, x. 3852) for Reserve materials.
For the interlibrary loan items, you may send an email to ill@wesleyan.edu, or call at x. 3876.
For any other questions, please let me know via elee01@wesleyan.edu, or call at x. 3454.

Thank you for returning library items by May 13, 2016.

Congratulations on your forthcoming graduation and best wishes in your future endeavors.

EunJoo Lee
Head of Access Services
Olin Library

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This semester 35 students and 7 faculty took part in the spring intensive pilot program where they enrolled in/taught one course at a time within four 3-week periods.Come view student projects and interact with students and faculty participating in the spring intensive at our end of semester open house.  

When: Monday, May 9, 12:00 to 2:00
Where: Exley 189 (24/7 study room)

Made to order smoothies will be catered by Middletown’s own Raw Youniverse.

Congratulations—you will soon be a Wesleyan alum! As you prepare for your departure from campus, I want to invite you to become an ambassador for Wesleyan and join the ranks of WAAV (Wesleyan Alumni Admission Volunteers). WAAV activities include representing Wesleyan at college fairs, conducting interviews with prospective students, attending admission receptions, and acting as a local contact for interested prospective students and their families. What better way to keep your positive memories of Wesleyan alive than by making a contribution to the next generation of Wesleyan students?

The primary activities for WAAV are representing Wesleyan at college fairs around the country and abroad and conducting interviews with prospective students.  For the alumni interview process, prospective students request an alumni interview via our website. Each WAAV member has a portal where they can view any students who have requested interviews, as well as keep track of those interviews you have “claimed” and completed. The two parties decide on the meeting place and time, and then engage in a conversation that typically lasts around 30-40 minutes. Once the interview is completed, the WAAV goes to their portal and submits the evaluation for that interviewee. For more information about the WAAV portal, you can check out our WAAV blog

Alumni support in the admission process is a critical component in our efforts to attract the strongest candidates from across the country.  Don’t worry if you don’t know where you’ll be permanently next year—just sign up now and you can easily update us once you’re settled.  We look forward to adding members of the Class of 2016 to our community of nearly 700 admission volunteers!  This is a great way to give back to Wesleyan that doesn’t cost you anything. Feel free to visit the WAAV website to learn more. 

If you would like to become a WAAV member, please complete the sign-up form at: http://goo.gl/forms/CAE7GiBHjb

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at acorvi@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-2462, or Karen O’Leary, WAAV Assistant, at kmoleary@wesleyan.edu or at (860) 685-2987.

Again, congratulations on your upcoming graduation, and I wish you a successful transition to the next stage of your life!


Ashleigh M. Corvi ‘13
Assistant Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
Wesleyan University
Stewart M. Reid House
70 Wyllys Ave, Middletown CT 06459
O: (860)685.2462

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

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