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:

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

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 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 ( 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

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 or write to