Graduating seniors at Wells College


Wells College's 155th Commencement ceremony is May 20, 2023.

Starting at 10:00 am, Macmillan Hall

Livestream Broadcast

The 2023 Commencement ceremony will be available here via livestreaming. 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.

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

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 19. To inquire about availability, please use this form or contact

Lost and Found

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


The mailroom will not be open on Commencement day.

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 Athletics Center. No tickets will be required.


There will be a mandatory rehearsal for seniors participating in Commencement on Friday, May 19, 2023 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.

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.

Wheelchair Seating

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