Commencement 2020

The broadcast of Wells College's 152nd Commencement ceremony can be seen here, and on Facebook and YouTube. Congrats to all of our graduates!


Wells College
152nd Commencement
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Noon (EDT)


How to View the Ceremony

The ceremony was broadcast via the College's Facebook feed and YouTube channel, and archived video can be viewed in all of these locations.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Click here to see a full list of graduates, who earned their degree in May.


Due to the pandemic, the August 8 Commencement ceremony will be conducted virtually, and will be broadcast at noon that day on Facebook and YouTube. Although this clearly was not anyone's first choice, this decision was dependent on numerous factors, particuarly the recent travel restrictions imposed this summer on individuals coming to New York from dozens of other states, as well as the state's restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people.

Commencement Packages

All graduates should have received a special package of materials to help celebrate from their location. Packages were sent via USPS Priority Mail on July 31. If you didn't receive yours, please contact Kelly Brown at Each package contained:

  • Diploma case with Wells College diploma       
  • Cap and tassel
  • Hood
  • Honor cords, if you have graduated with Latin Honors
  • Commemorative program
  • “W” pin from the Alumnae and Alumni Association
  • A small gift from the College

hooding Instructions

One of our favorite traditions is welcoming two young alumnae and alumni back each year to assist graduates with their hood as they prepare to walk across the stage. Since this year's Commencement ceremony is entirely virtual, we encourage graduates to have a family member help out, if possible.

We know that putting them on can be tricky -- so if you need help, download these handy instructions!

Send Us Your Photos and Videos!

We would love to gather photos of you all in your full regalia. Please post to social media with the hashtag #WellsGrads2020 or send via email to

Additional Details

Academic Obligations

The Registrar's office staff  communicates throughout the year with students eligible to graduate regarding degree requirements. All requirements must be fulfilled to receive a diploma during the ceremony. Contact the Registrar's office with any questions: 315.364.3215,

Billing – Student Accounts

Student accounts must be paid in full in order to receive a diploma during the Commencement 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, which is being mailed to all graduates via USPS Priority Mail; students should receive their packages a few days prior to the ceremony.

Class Rings

Information regarding class rings is available on the Jostens website. Prices vary.

Diploma Frames

Order Wells College diplomas frames from Church Hill Classics.

Future Commencement Dates

2021: Saturday, May 22, 2021
2022: Saturday, May 21, 2022

Graduation Announcements

Students can order personalized graduation announcements from the Jostens website.

Media Inquiries

Members of the media are encouraged to contact the Office of Communications and Marketing by emailing

Commencement 2019 Photo Gallery
Wells College celebrated its 151st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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