Commencement 2019

The Wells College community will welcome families and guests of the Class of 2019 for our 151st Commencement.
Commencement 2019


Wells College
151st Commencement
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Macmillan Hall

Photos ARE now posted on our Facebook page and in the gallery below.


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,

Accessible Seating

Reserved seating is available for guests with limited mobility or who require special accommodation. Ushers will direct guests to the reserved seating.

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.

Commencement Ceremony

The 10:00 a.m. ceremony will be held in the circle outside the front of Macmillan Hall. No tickets are required, 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.

Class Rings

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

Dining Options

Information related to on-campus dining options will be available closer to the ceremony. 

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

Order Wells College diplomas frames from Church Hill Classics.


In case of emergency, dial 911 or contact Campus Safety at 315.364.3229.


Flowers will be available for purchase on campus the day of Commencement — look for our table on the rear side of Zabriskie Hall, facing toward Stratton Hall. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Future Commencement Dates

2020: Saturday, May 16, 2020
2021: Saturday, May 22, 2021
2022: Saturday, May 21, 2022

Golf Course

Did you know that Wells College owns a beautiful 9-hole golf course, complete with a pro shop and snack bar? Located near the athletic fields, the course is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk. Wells College students can play for free (there is a nominal fee for cart and club rentals). Visit, email, or call 315.364.8024 for more information.

Graduation Announcements

Students can order personalized graduation announcements from the Jostens website.


Limited on-campus housing for families and their guests will be available for the Thursday and Friday nights prior to  Commencement. Housing can be reserved for a nominal fee on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a room, please use this online form; payment is due at the time of reservation. The deadline to request housing is Monday, May 13, 2019. Please contact Emily Burt, director of residence life and student conduct, at if you have any questions about on-campus housing. 

Lost and Found

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

Media Inquiries

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


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


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.


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.

Rain Location

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Schwartz Athletic Center. No tickets will be required.


There will be a mandatory rehearsal for seniors participating in Commencement on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. on the front steps of Macmillan Hall. Students should check their Wells email before leaving for rehearsal for any additional information.

Schedule of Events

A full listing of events and activities happening during Commencement weekend is available at this link. This schedule will be updated regularly.


Rebecca Haag '74 has been selected to give the main address at the 2019 Commencement ceremony. Rebecca, a social policy expert and a passionate advocate for social justice, is currently executive director at Island Grown Initiative, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a regenerative and equity food system on Martha's Vineyard. Follow this link to read the full announcement.

Antonio Oliveri '19, a double major in political science and English, has been selected as this year's student speaker. Click here to read the story.

Stagecoach Rides

Traditional senior rides in the Wells Fargo stagecoaches will begin at 7:00 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.


Airport and Bus Transportation
Shuttle service from the Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca airports and bus stations is available for families and guests staying in on-campus housing on Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17, 2019. Shuttles are available to pick up friends and families of graduates at noon and 5:00 p.m. both days. On Saturday, May 18, shuttles will depart from the Wells College campus at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for the Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca airports and bus stations. Should you wish to make a shuttle reservation, please call Raymond Lupo at 315.364.3321 or email Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 10, 2019.

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

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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