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

4th Quarter Courses

For those of you who need to add credit, here is a list of 4th quarter courses.  To add a course to your schedule, send a group email to the instructor, your advisor, and your class dean with a request that you be added to the class.  With approval from the instructor and your advisor, you class dean will add you to the course.

Subject Catalog Section Title Instructor
CSPL  262 01 Intro to Soc Entrepreneurship Kingsley,Makaela Jane
E&ES  195 01 Sophomore Field Course Ku,Timothy C.W.
PHED  102 01 Tennis, Intermediate Fried,Michael A
PHED  104 01 Golf Potter,Christopher J.
PHED  106 02 Fitness, Beginning Black,Drew
PHED  107 01 Inner Game of Golf Woodworth,Mark A.
PHED  118 03 Strength Training, Intro Mullen,Kate
PHED  118 04 Strength Training, Intro Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  119 02 Strength Training, Advanced Mullen,Kate
PHED  123 01 Lifeguard Training Solomon,Peter Gordon
PHED  138 02 Indoor Cycling McKenna,Jodi
PHED  139 01 Running for Fitness Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  140 01 Racketlon Kerr,Shona
PHED  155 01 Plyometric Training DiCenzo,Daniel A
PHED  157 01 Pickleball Meredith,Eva Bergsten
PHED  159 01 Cross Training Fitness Black,Drew
QAC  154 01 Working with MATLAB Thayer,Kelly Marie
QAC  155 01 Working with Python Oleinikov,Pavel V
QAC  156 01 Working with R Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.
QAC  311 01 Longitudinal Data Analysis Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Employee Recognition Award 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award. Eligible Wesleyan employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (i.e. electricians, plumbers). The award is to honor and thank the people whose every day work helps the students at Wesleyan. Nominators may only submit one person for consideration; you are welcome to nominate yourself. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.

To apply, please respond to the following questions in no more than two pages:

1)     What is your (the employee’s) job at Wesleyan? In what ways do you (the employee) engage and interact with Wesleyan students on campus?

2)     In what ways have you (the employee) contributed to student life at Wesleyan? If possible, please give specific examples.

3)     What do you (the employee) find most rewarding about working on campus?

4)     Is there anything else that you would like to tell the committee about yourself (the employee)?

Submit nominations to inclusion@wesleyan.edu by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

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.

Thesis Support Up and Running

The Writing Workshop is now running a thesis writing support slack for students working on MA theses, honors theses, and senior essays. This will be a student space (no thesis advisors/faculty please) as our commitment at the Workshop is to provide peer-to-peer support specifically. I will be running the slack with our trained thesis writing mentors and Ford Fellow.

  • We will continue as planned to hold our Spring Break Bootcamp on Sunday, 3/22 from 9:30am-4:30pm EST virtually using this slack.
  • We will continue weekly write-ins virtually every Sunday, 10am-12pm EST and Wednesday, 8pm-10pm EST on slack.
  • We will use share resources via the slack and support students through the final weeks of thesis writing.

If you need more information, please contact Lauren Silber at the Shapiro Writing Center at lsilber@wesleyan.edu.

Spring Thesis Boot Camp 3/22

The Writing Workshop will be hosting one final Writing Retreat on Sunday, March 22nd from 9-4:30pm at the Shapiro Writing Center. Register for the event through this link. The Writing Workshop will provide breakfast, lunch, snacks, caffeine, individual consultations, and timed writing and break sessions.

For more information, go to https://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/writingworkshop/index.html or write to writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

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

Last Day to Change Grading Mode for Student Option Courses

Today is the last day to change the grading mode for student option course.  If you wish to change the grading mode for a course, login to portal, and click on “Class Schedule.”  For student option courses, there is a drop down menu in the grade column where you can select the grading mode you desire.  Changes to grading mode do not require approval of the instructor or your faculty advisor.

You have until 5:00pm EST today, February 19, to make any changes.

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.