Campus News & Events

Wesleyan Awards 763 BA Degrees at 185th Commencement

Reunion and Commencement Weekend at Wesleyan University, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Kravitz '19)

Graduates, their families, and other members of the Wesleyan community gathered for the 185th Commencement ceremony on May 28. This year, Wesleyan conferred 763 bachelor of arts degrees; 38 master of arts degrees; 19 master of arts in liberal studies degrees; 1 master of philosophy in liberal arts; and 10 doctor of philosophy degrees. The distinguished writer Claudia Rankine…

Rankine Delivers 2017 Commencement Address

Reunion and Commencement Wesleyan University May 28, 2017 photo by Will Barr

Poet, essayist and playwright, Claudia Rankine delivered the 2017 Commencement address on May 28. Rankine is the recipient of numerous awards for work described as fearless in its pursuit of new directions in American poetry. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely;…

President Roth Makes Remarks at 2017 Commencement

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78. (Photo by Will Barr '18)

Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 made the following remarks during the 185th commencement ceremony on May 28: Members of the board of trustees, members of the faculty and staff, distinguished guests, new recipients of graduate degrees and the mighty class of 2017, I am honored to present some brief remarks on the occasion of this…

Jiménez Moreta Makes Remarks at Commencement

Reunion and Commencement Wesleyan University May 28, 2017 photo by Will Barr

Cristina Jiménez Moreta, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, received an honorary doctorate during Wesleyan’s 2017 commencement ceremony on May 28. United We Dream played a leadership role in persuading the Obama administration to protect more than one million young immigrants from deportation through…

Handelsman Makes Remarks on Superpowers

Jo Handelsman, the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a research institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received an honorary degree during Wesleyan’s 185th commencement ceremony on May 28. Handelsman recently concluded service as the associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama, where she…

Alumni Honored for Professional, Creative Achievements, Service

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At the Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association on May 27, seven alumni received Distinguished Alumni Awards, and one Outstanding Service Award was presented, along with the James L. McConaughy Jr. Memorial Award. Robert G. McKelvey ’59 (front row, far left) received special recognition for his many years of service, leadership, and generosity:…