Commencement 2017

The Wells College community welcomed families and guests of the Class of 2017 for our 149th Commencement, held on the front lawn and steps of Macmillan Hall.

Wells College
Commencement 2017
Saturday, May 20
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 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.

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, the ceremony will be held in the Schwartz Athletic Center. More information will be available as the ceremony approaches.

Class Rings

Information regarding class rings is available on the Jostens website and a Jostens representative will be at the College Store on Friday, May 19, from noon to 4 p.m. and on the day of Commencement from 9 a.m. to noon. Prices vary.

Dining Options

Information related to on-campus dining options will be available closer to the ceremony. Please also check the schedule of activities.

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,


In case of emergency, contact Campus Safety at 315.364.3229.

Graduation Announcements

Students may order graduation announcements from the Jostens website.


Commencement housing is offered in Leach House for one (Friday only) or two (Thursday & Friday) nights before Commencement on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations and payment information can be found here. Please note that single rooms are extremely limited in availability.


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.

Media Inquiries

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


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 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.

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


Professional portraits are available by appointment. Click here for the order and reservation form (pdf).

Rain Location and Tickets

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Schwartz Athletic Center. Due to limited indoor seating, each graduate is provided with a number of tickets at Commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 19.


Mandatory rehearsal for seniors participating in Commencement is held  on Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. in front of Macmillan. In the case of inclement weather the rehearsal will be held in Schwartz Athletic Center. Students should check their 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.


Airport and Bus Transportation
Shuttle service from the Rochester, Syracuse, or Ithaca airports and bus stations is available on Thursday, May 18, and Friday May, 19. 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 Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 12.

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.

170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026
Admissions: 800.952.9355
General Information: 315.364.3266
© 2018 Wells College
Connect With Us
The following email addresses are a honeypot intended to test automated bots' ability to parse encoded addresses. Please do not contact these addresses.