Commencement 2022

Wells College's 154th Commencement ceremony took place May 21, 2022.

Wells College's 154th Commencement
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. (EDT)
Macmillan Hall


The 2022 Commencement ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube at this link and also here on this website. The video will also be archived for later viewing.

COVID-19 Protocols

During the outdoor ceremony, face masks are not required for participants or guests unless the ceremony is moved indoors due to inclement weather. Please note that masks are mandatory for all individuals inside any campus building, regardless of vaccination status.

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

Campus Store

The campus store, located on the first floor of Zabriskie Hall, will be open on Commencement day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

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.


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 the table outside of Zabriskie Hall, facing Macmillan Circle.

Future Commencement Dates

2023: Saturday, May 20, 2023
2024: Saturday, May 18, 2024
2025: Saturday, May 17, 2025

Graduation Announcements

Students can order personalized graduation announcements from the Jostens website.


Limited on-campus housing for families and their guests is available on the evening of Friday, May 20. To inquire about availability, please contact


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


The mailroom will be open on Commencement day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students who need to make any last-minute mail or package pickups.

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.


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


There will be a mandatory rehearsal for seniors participating in Commencement on Friday, May 20, 2022 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.


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.


Reserved seating is available for guests with limited mobility or other special needs. Ushers will direct guests to the reserved seating.

Our mission is for every student to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. On our beautiful lakeside campus, students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to create their own unique path.

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