Class of 2020 Explores Wesleyan during 3-Day WesFest Celebration

Several students groups and departments, such as the Office of Admission, posted WesFest images on Instagram and other social media sites.

Several students groups and departments, such as the Office of Admission, posted WesFest images on Instagram and other social media sites.

During WesFest, April 13-15, the Office of Admission invited all Class of 2020 admitted students and their families to visit Wesleyan and experience university life first-hand. The three-day celebration allowed admitted students to explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

Activities included campus tours, an all-campus barbecue, student band performances, a Student Activities Fair, department open houses, daily fitness classes, student-to-student and parent-to-parent panels, an a cappella concert, opportunities to attend classes and academic department open houses, and much more!

Alumni Keynote Speaker, Bozoma Saint John ’99, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, delivered the WesFest keynote address on April 15. In the fall of 2014, she was inducted in the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and she now serves on the Hall of Achievement Executive Committee.

View a video of WesFest highlights below:


View a video of President Michael Roth’s remarks to families below:


Photos of WesFest activities are below and in this WesFest photo gallery on Wesleyan Facebook.  (Photos by Olivia Drake, Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19 and Hannah Norman ’16)

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An admitted student and her parents enjoy Wesfest activities on April 14.

On April 14, admitted students and their families attended a BBQ picnic and concert on Foss Hill. Seven Wesleyan student bands performed for the audience.

On April 15, admitted students and their families attended a BBQ picnic and concert on Foss Hill. Seven Wesleyan student bands performed for the audience.

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Say yes to Wes!

During the Student Activities Fair on April 15, students spoke to Class of 2020 admits about various clubs and activities at Wesleyan.

During the Student Activities Fair on April 15, students spoke to Class of 2020 admits about various clubs and activities at Wesleyan.

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A campus tour passes through Usdan University Center during WesFest.

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The Office of Admission welcomed all Class of 2020 admits to Wesfest.

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These admitted students were visiting from Jamaica and Pakistan.

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Several Wesleyan students assisted with WesFest activities.

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Admitted students and their families picked up information packets inside the Office of Admission.

On April 15, students involved in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division spoke to Class of 2020 admitted students about their ongoing research at a poster session. On April 15, students involved in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division spoke to Class of 2020 admitted students about their ongoing research at a poster session.

On April 15, students involved in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division spoke to Class of 2020 admitted students about their ongoing research at a poster session.

As part of WesFest and Homerathon, students and admitted students took turns reading the Odyssey at various locations on campus.

As part of WesFest and Homerathon, students and admitted students took turns reading the Odyssey at various locations on campus.

Bozoma Saint John '99, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, delivered the WesFest keynote address on April 15 in Beckham Hall.

Bozoma Saint John ’99, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, delivered the WesFest keynote address on April 15 in Beckham Hall. The eldest daughter of Wesleyan ethnomusicology graduate Dr. Appianda Arthur PhD ’77, Saint John spoke on Wesleyan’s powerful influence on her life today.
What she’d found on campus was an intellectual home—a place of lively discourse and diverse fields of study. “Coming to Wesleyan I found a deeper level of connection to students who had varied interests in things, in a way I hadn’t felt before with classmates …. It felt like coming to a big camp with people who looked at the world the way I did—a little left of center.”

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Guests were welcomed at the Office of Admission.

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Family, friends and Foss Hill.

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The Wesleyan Cardinal made several appearances throughout WesFest.

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Current students spoke to admitted students about Wesleyan.

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Campus tours left frequently from the Office of Admission.

Admitted students had the opportunity to tour the Long Lane Organic Farm and dig for scallions.

During WesFest, admitted students had the opportunity to tour the Long Lane Organic Farm and dig for scallions.

Several activities were planned for both Class of 2020 admitted students and their families.

Several activities were planned for both Class of 2020 admitted students and their families.