Commencement Regalia Update

What happened to my web order and how can I have a gown shipped to my home?

All “Ship to Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore” orders have been cancelled. Students should see a refund on their credit cards in about a week.

Should students want a gown, regardless of the nature of this year’s graduation, they can order one for home delivery, using the following link:

https://wesleyan.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/SelectEvent

Please note the following regarding returns:

Oak Hall will accept returns 30 days from the ship date – only if the cap and gown is in its original packaging. This means students can open up the box it was shipped in, but can’t open the cap and gown packaging itself. It’s imperative that students note the ship date from Oak Hall.

What happens if we do have an on campus Commencement?

The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore will have Commencement Regalia available for purchase in the store as well as on their website in May. If this were to happen, we’d publish details at that time.

If you have any questions, please contact

Paula Page
Wesleyan RJ Julia
ppage@wesleyan.edu
860-685-3939

Deadline Extended–Apply to be Senior Commencement Speaker

In light of recent events, and although no final decision has yet been made on Commencement, the deadline to apply to be senior speaker has been extended by two weeks to Wednesday, April 8.

If you would like to apply, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent of the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu) by Wednesday, April 8.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which will select several finalists for interviews from the pool.  Interviews will be conducted  in mid-April, after which the speaker will be announced.

If you are interested in becoming the senior speaker for Commencement, please don’t hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

The Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

Rebecca Greenberg
Maximo Lipman
Emily Litz
Emilio Weber
Professor Suzanne O’Connell (Faculty Marshal)

Updated Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Please note the following changes

  • Ship to Bookstore ordering has been disabled on the Oak Hall web site as of March 13th for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ship to Bookstore orders that have already been placed will be on hold until March 31st (pending further instructions from the university).
  • Students who want to cancel a Ship to Bookstore order for any reason may call Oak Hall directly to cancel the order and get a refund (800-456-7623). This must be done by Monday, March 30th. Oak Hall staff is very friendly and accommodating by phone. Students should give them either their order # or name and remind them they’re graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
  • Undergraduates who want to place a Ship to Home order will be able to place an order until May 1st. The Oak Hall website will be available for this type of ordering on Saturday, March 14th.
  • Undergraduates who want to cancel a Ship to Bookstore order and then place a Ship to Home order should: #1) Call Oak Hall to cancel their current order (800-456-7623); #2 Go on line to place the Ship to Home
  • Master’s and PHD candidates will still be able to place Ship to Home orders until May 10th.

For more information, please contact Paula Page at the Bookstore.

2020 Pa’lante Graduation

The Pa’lante graduation committee is a group that provides a Spanish language graduation ceremony intended to provide an intimate ceremony for non-English speaking families.

Pa’lante will honor Latinx identifying students in the Class of 2020 and recognize their achievements in the Wesleyan community. If you wish to participate in this fourth annual ceremony.

Please complete this as quickly as possible. Please click here to fill out the Survey, it should take about 1 minute. Please copy the following link into your web browser if the hyperlink is not working:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcXBZGpLKMYWTQYia_uXRM8Zz6BWmqnkc0lD-NsskO2FrePQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, please contact the Pa’lante Graduation Committee

Jennifer Escobedo ’20
Angie Soto ’21
Nathali Madrid ’21

Apply to be Senior Commencement Speaker

Would you like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation?  If so, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent of the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu) by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 25.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which will select several finalists for interviews from the pool.  Interviews will be conducted in mid-April, after which the speaker will be announced.

Speaking at Commencement is a unique responsibility which should be taken seriously.  If you are interested in becoming the senior speaker for Commencement, please don’t hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

The Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

Rebecca Greenberg
Maximo Lipman
Emily Litz
Emilio Weber
Professor Suzanne O’Connell (Faculty Marshal)

Certify your Majors, Minors, and Certificates

In preparation for graduation clearance it is time to certify all your majors, minors and/or certificates.

Go to your Academics bucket in WesPortal and click on the Major/Minor/Certificate Certification link. You will see a separate link for each major, minor, and certificate you have. You must first mark the courses you wish to offer in satisfaction of each requirement by checking the box next to the course.

Once you have offered the appropriate number of courses to satisfy each requirement, you must choose a Capstone Experience at the bottom of the form and click the Save button to update. Then return to the landing page where you clicked into the form and you will see a Final Submit button appear. Click it to electronically route your form to your faculty certifier.

If you wish to offer a course that does not appear on your form, you may click the “request override” link on the requirement line where you want the course to appear. Please note that you will not be able to submit your final form for certification until all override requests have been resolved, so you should submit those asap. The student deadline for submitting all Major/Minor/Certificate Certification forms is February 28, 2020. Faculty have until March 30th to certify you.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit their forms for certification. Majors, minors and certificates that are not certified will be dropped from your academic record at the end of the term.

If you have not already done so, please give this your immediate attention.  If you need assistance, please contact Susan Krajewski, Senior Associate Registrar, at skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

Order Your Cap and Gown

This year students will purchase their cap and gown regalia (via credit card) from the following Oak Hall website:  https://wesleyan.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome

Students will either choose a Bachelor Package, Masters Package, or Doctor Package. The website will guide you to the correct gown size by asking height and weight questions. Students can also stop by the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore – starting Monday, February 10th – to try on sample sizes before ordering on line.

All Bachelor Regalia will be shipped to the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore and will be available for pick up starting Monday, May 4th. Students will have until March 15th to purchase their caps and gowns on line.

Please note: For those who don’t have the financial resources, loaner caps and gowns are available through the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore. Distribution of loaner graduation cap & gown will be limited to the week of May 11th. For further information, email Paula Page ppage@wesleyan.edu or visit her at the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore: 413 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 685-3939.
Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Confirm your Diploma Name

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 WesPortal under ‘My Information’ click on Diploma Name. 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 Sunday, April 19th at 11:59pm.

Senior Voices Professor Nomination Form

The Senior Class Officers, are working hard to plan an awesome senior week, and want student input for an annual grad weekend event!

Senior Voices is a non-religious and uplifting student-centered ceremony with music, student reflections, and a faculty speaker that takes place the night before graduation. This year it will take place on May 23 at 6pm.

The Class of 2020 gets to decide which professor speaks at this event, and each student can nominate up to 3 of their favorite professors through this form. Whoever has the most nominations will make a speech! (No need to add any explanation for your nomination, we just need names)

Please fill out the following nomination form by February 12!

Have a great semester!
Maximo, Emily, Emilio, Rebecca

Senior Packet 2020: Preparing for Graduation

This document contains important information about the graduation process and Wesleyan’s graduation requirements. As the you choose courses and build a program of study for your senior year, it is essential that you know exactly where you stand in terms of fulfilling Wesleyan’s graduation requirements so that everything goes smoothly when degree certification takes place in the Spring. Please review the contents carefully and contact Dean Phillips immediately (dphillips@wesleyan.edu, 860.685.2757) if you have any questions or concerns.

Graduation does not just happen; you must make it happen! It is important that you fully understand Wesleyan’s graduation requirements and that you are able to interpret your academic record in light of these requirements. Remember, you are responsible for your own graduation and must fulfill all graduation requirements by the end of the Spring 2020 semester in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May 2020.

  • Preparing for Graduation: This explains Wesleyan’s graduation requirements, the Major Certification Form, the Credit Analysis Report, oversubscription, December Completion, and honors.  Read it!
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Senior Year: Answers to common questions about graduation requirements and the graduation process.
  • Academic History: Can be found in your WesPortal in the “Student Toolbox–>Academics” bucket.
  • Major Certification Form: Used to identify and track the courses you have taken and will be taking to complete your major, must be approved by an authorized advisor in your major department. Can be found in WesPortal in the “Student Toolbox–>Academics” bucket.
  • Credit Analysis ReportReviews your academic record in light of oversubscription and monitors your progress towards meeting graduation requirements. Can be found in WesPortal in the “Student Toolbox–>Academics” bucket.
  • Honors and Thesis Information: Deadlines and other important information for students undertaking honors theses.