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Senior Voices 2012
Wesleyan’s Baccalaureate Ceremony

 Saturday, May 26
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.

Reflections by

Max Bevilacqua ‘12
Ali Chaudry ‘12
Ben Shiling ‘12

an address by Professor Matthew M. Kurtz, Professor of Psychology

for  the graduating class of 2012.


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

Congratulations – Commencement is just a few days away.

Diploma pick-up will be held on Friday, May 25th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the North College Lobby (bring a photo i.d. card). 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 friends and relatives your number. There is a map that will show them which isle you will walk down.

Please report promptly to the top of Foss Hill on Sunday morning by 10:00 a.m. You will be lined up in alphabetical order around the observatory. Look for numbered signs every 75 feet or so, for example:

1-50 Abrams to Blasenheim               51-100 Bliss to Chung etc.

The number you were given will tell you where to line up. At each sign there will be a faculty marshal who will hand you a card (with your name and number on it). Keep the card! 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, 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. Follow your marshal down the hill and enjoy the professorial applause – job well done!

Once down the hill, continue to follow your faculty marshal toward the library, proceeding through the large tent, and various aisles. Different groups will go up different aisles for simultaneous seating.

You will be awarded your degrees after the conferring of the graduate degrees. Rob Rosenthal, Provost of the College, will intone the formula: “Mr. President, I have the honor to present these 723 Candidates to receive at your hand Wesleyan’s degree of Bachelor of Arts.” You will then all stand 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 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.

At the end of the ceremony, only the platform party and faculty will form the recessional. Stay in your seats until they have exited.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held under the big tent on Andrus. 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.

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 day.

Michael A. McAlear
Faculty Marshal

This Spring, Wesleyan decided to eliminate bottled water from our campus. The impetus for this project first manifested in Wesleyan’s Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES). The eventual elimination of bottled water stemmed from an initiative championed by the College of the Environment (COE) in their sponsorship of two student interns to work to effect the necessary change. Our commitment to eliminating bottled water reflects our community’s mindset that water should remain a public resource, not a commodity.

Bottled water represents a less sustainable, less regulated, and more expensive alternative to tap water. Our decision to provide tap water at our events reflects our understanding that access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water should be a basic human right. We hope you’ll join us in our excitement about our initiative to move towards a better future hydrated by tap water.

If you have any questions about our decision to remove bottled water from campus, please contact our COE Sustainability Interns, Melody Oliphant ’13 (moliphant@wesleyan.edu) or Hailey Still ’12 (hstill@wesleyan.edu).

The Usdan Cap and Gown loan program for 2012 commencement has run out of supply; if you still need a cap and gown please make sure to purchase one from the bookstore as soon as possible.

The Davison Health Center will be open Senior Week – May 21-25, 2012 from 9am to 5pm.  An on-call provider will be available after hours for urgent concerns by phoning 860-685-2470. You will speak “live” with an after hours call center rep who will take a message and contact the Doctor on-call.

The Health Center will be open limited hours graduation weekend – Saturday, May 26 from 10am-2pm and Sunday, May 27 from 9am-1pm..

In order to receive your diploma your Student Account must be in good standing on Wednesday, May 23rd.  You may check on the status of your account at anytime by clicking on “Student Account” in the “Financial Information” section of your e-portfolio. Payment(s) can be made by e-check through the “E-Bill” link in your e-portfolio, paper check made payable to “Wesleyan University” or by cash in person at the Student Accounts Office.

You might be eligible!

The Social, Cultural, & Critical Theory Certificate (Theory Certificate) is about to finish its second year and we want to be sure everyone eligible has submitted their applications!  If you are interested in the certificate, please go to www.wesleyan.edu/theory to learn more.

Applications should be submitted to Kathleen Coe Roberts at the Center for the Humanities (95 Pearl Street) no later than June 1.  Please note that the application can be found on the Theory website and applicants should also submit a copy of their academic history which can be found on E-Portfolio.  Kathleen can be reached at kroberts@wesleyan.edu or 860/685-3044.

Senior Majors, Faculty, and Staff in


are cordially invited to a

Wine and Cheese Senior Reception

Monday, May 7
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Woodhead Lounge

Roadside Girls: Standing – Andrea Roberts, Pat Arend, Marina Melendez, Susan Lourie, Kari Weil, Sarah Lazare, Lily Milroy, Seated – Laura Grabel, Louise Brown

Come and toast the Class of 2012 with
The Roadside Girls’ Song for the Seniors at 5 p.m.!

Hosted by Dean David Phillips
(Seniors must have WesID)

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 years ago?

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

What do you see yourself doing in the near future?

Do you remember “In the Company of Others” during your Orientation?

Well, Senior Voices aka Baccalaureate is the senior version of this kind of event. It is an opportunity for Seniors to share their experiences before ending their Wesleyan career and beginning a new chapter of their life. 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 sign up!

We need:

A short 250-350 word personal reflection essay


May 1st at 12:00 pm

Email submissions to Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

A committee composed of students, and administrators will be reading your submissions and choosing 3-4 students to share their experiences at the Baccalaureate/Senior Voices Ceremony on Saturday May 26, 2012. If you are chosen, the committee will contact you with more information in early April.

Please log in to the Senior Online NAme Recorder website at http://sonar.wesleyan.edu so that you can record the pronunciation of your name as you would like it to be read during the Commencement ceremony on May 27.

Before you begin:

  • Make sure that your computer is not muted and that the volume is turned up.
  • You must be on the Wesleyan campus network for the name recorder to work properly.  If accessing from off campus (i.e. from a senior wood frame or elsewhere on the Internet), you will first need to login through VPN at http://webvpn.wesleyan.edu.  If you are unfamiliar with VPN, more information is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/vpn_faq/vpn_faq.html.
  • The online name recorder requires a computer with built-in microphone input.  It will NOT work with a smartphone.  Public-access microphone-enabled computers can be found at the Cardinal Store and the ITS Help Desk.
  • It has been reported that the latest version of Firefox (v.11.0) has problems loading the Flash extension, which is required for the name recorder to work.  If this problem arises, try using Internet Explorer or Chrome instead.

You must indicate on the name recorder website whether you will or will not be attending the Commencement ceremony. If you will not be attending, there is no need for you to record your name. If you will be attending, please record your name exactly as your family and you 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 in our official records, they can be read. If you are a “Jr.,” you can decide whether you want that included. Just remember that Commencement is a formal occasion, perhaps the only one you will have experienced at Wesleyan.

There is space on the website for you to leave a note for the faculty members who read the names—for instance phonetic hints if you have a name whose pronunciation may be challenging to them.  If you are adding any name(s) that are not in the Registrar’s records, please be sure to pronounce them very distinctly. Making the recording in a space without a lot of background noise is particularly helpful to the readers.

Please make your recording by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 11, which will give the faculty name-readers time to rehearse and to get back to you if they have questions as to the pronunciation of your name.

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 this session, you will also receive your exit interview packet.  The packet contains a list of all the loans you have borrowed while at Wesleyan and instructions for completing the mandatory Stafford/Direct, Perkins and Wesleyan Loan online exit interviews.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 30, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

All three sessions will be held in Exley Science Center  Room 150.

Please contact faloaninfo@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions.

Be on the lookout for an email on April 16th with your link to the Senior Survey. The Senior Survey is your opportunity to let people know what works well at Wesleyan and what needs improvement.

In order to receive your diploma your Student Account must be in good standing on Wednesday, May 23rd.  You may check on the status of your account at anytime by clicking on “Student Account” in the “Financial Information” section of your e-portfolio. Payment(s) can be made by e-check through the “E-Bill” link in your e-portfolio, paper check made payable to “Wesleyan University” or by cash in person at the Student Accounts Office.

Commencement is just around the corner and graduation regalia is now available for purchase at Broad Street Books.

The cost for a Bachelor’s Cap and Gown is $39.00 and includes your mortar board, gown, and tassel. The packages are sized according to height.  Quantities by size are based on expected number of graduates and historical sales.

The earlier you come in, the more likely you are to get the exact size you need. In case you wondered, all Bachelor’s recipients wear red here at Wesleyan.

The bookstore is currently open normal hours:

Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday     9 AM to 5 PM.
Closed Easter Sunday.

If you have any questions please contact the bookstore at 860-685-7323.

Please note for those who do not have the financial resources, there are caps and gowns available through the Usdan University Center.  Email Michelle Myers-Brown ar mmyersbrown@wesleyan.edu or visit her in the Usdan Center.

These caps and gowns were offered for reuse through the return program set up by the Student Affairs staff and previous years’ seniors.  There are limited numbers.

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