Commencement 2016

The Wells College community looks forward to welcoming families and guests of the Class of 2016 for our 148th Commencement, held on the front lawn and steps of Macmillan Hall.
We're already looking forward to an exciting and bittersweet day as we say farewell to our senior class—though all are welcome to come back for a visit any time! If you're looking to make your plans for the weekend early, see the information below to help get you started.

Wells College
Commencement 2016
Saturday, May 21
Macmillan Hall

 
Academic Obligations

The Registrar's Office staff has communicated throughout the year with students eligible to graduate regarding degree requirements. All requirements must be fulfilled to receive the diploma during the ceremony. Contact the Registrar's Office with any questions. 315.364.3215, registrar@wells.edu.

Billing – Student Accounts

Student accounts must be paid in full in order to receive the diploma during the graduation ceremony. Transcripts are also held until full payment is made. As a reminder students may check their account balance on the Globe. 

Caps and Gowns (Academic Regalia)

All seniors wear the traditional black gown, black cap, and black tassel to the ceremony. Wells is one of the few colleges that still awards undergraduate hoods during the ceremony. The hood is included in the academic regalia.

Commencement Ceremony

The 10:00 a.m. ceremony will be held on the lawn and steps of Macmillan Hall. There is ample seating, no tickets are required for the outdoor ceremony, and seating cannot be reserved. Guests may begin being seated at 9:00 am. Please note ushers will not allow "early-birds" to save blocks of seats.

In the event of inclement weather, a rain ticket is required to attend the ceremony in Phipps Auditorium. Each senior will have a limited number of rain tickets to distribute to guests. We also provide closed circuit television coverage of the ceremony in neighboring buildings so additional guests will have the opportunity to view the ceremony.

Class Rings

Information regarding class rings is available on the Jostens website and a Jostens representative will be at the College Store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Commencement day. Prices vary.

Class Photo

Following rehearsal on Friday, May 20, an informal class photo is taken. More information concerning this photo will be provided soon.

Dining Options

Information related to on-campus dining options will be available soon.

In addition, the Aurora Inn will be serving breakfast and brunch. Reservations for brunch are recommended and can be made by calling the Inn at 315.364.8888.

Diploma Frames

Diplomas frames are available at the College Store, 315.364.3261, collegestore@wells.edu.

Emergency

In case of emergency, contact Campus Safety at 315.364.3229.

Flowers

Flowers will be available for purchase on campus the day of Commencement.

Lost and Found

Check with Campus Safety for items lost or found during Commencement. Bellinzoni Building, 315.364.3229.

Parking

Cars may be parked in all of the residence hall parking lots and Woods Lot. In preparation for the stagecoach rides and ceremony location, parking will not be permitted on the Main or Macmillan Circles.

Pets

Pets are not welcome at the ceremony. Please do not bring your pet on campus or to any Commencement activity. Of course, service animals will be permitted.

Photography

Personal photography is permitted from designated areas during the ceremony. Ushers will direct guests to the appropriate locations. Guest activity should not interfere nor distract from the ceremony.

A professional photographer will take a picture of each graduate receiving their diploma. Information on how these photos will be distributed will be available soon.

Portraits

Professional portraits are generally available by appointment. More information will be available soon.

Rain Location and Tickets

In the event of inclement weather, a rain ticket is required to attend the ceremony in Phipps Auditorium. Each senior will have several rain tickets to distribute to guests. There are a limited number of extra tickets and these will be made available to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. All rain tickets will be distributed on Friday at rehearsal.

If the ceremony is indoors and you have guests who want to see the ceremony, but do not have a ticket, the ceremony will be broadcast via closed circuit television in neighboring buildings. If the ceremony is outdoors, no tickets are needed.

Rehearsal

Mandatory rehearsal for seniors participating in Commencement is held  on Friday, May 20, in front of Macmillan. In the case of inclement weather the rehearsal will be held in Phipps Auditorium. Please check your Wells email before leaving for rehearsal for any change in location.

Stagecoach Rides

Traditional senior rides in the Wells Fargo Stagecoaches will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of Main Building and will continue until 9:00 a.m. Time permitting, family members may ride the coaches after all seniors have enjoyed the traditional ride.

Transportation

Airport and Bus Transportation
Shuttle service from the Rochester, Syracuse, or Ithaca airports and bus stations is available on Thursday, May 19, and Friday May, 20. Shuttles are available to pick up friends and families of graduates at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm. On Saturday, May 21, shuttles will depart from Wells campus at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm for the Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca airports and bus stations. Should you wish to make a shuttle reservation, please call Alan Connors at 315.364.3321 or email transportation@wells.edu. Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 13.

Wheelchair Seating

Reserved seating is available for guests with wheelchairs and special needs. Ushers will direct guests to the reserved seating.

Commencement Photo Gallery

Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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