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Wesleyan Awards 799 BA Degrees at 183rd Commencement

New graduates toss hats following the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24. 

New graduates toss hats following the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Graduates, their families, and other members of the Wesleyan community who gathered for the 183rd Commencement ceremony on May 24 were treated to some life advice in the form of rap, courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, this year’s Commencement speaker and the composer, lyricist and star of the hip-hop musical Hamilton.

Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 delivering the Commencement address on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 delivering the Commencement address on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

“I’m going to sing a little bit, so if you made a bet that I’d be rapping during the Commencement address, your friend owes you money,” Miranda joked.

He drew upon the stories of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to discuss two different approaches to life: charging forward in the spirit of Hamilton—”I’m not throwing away my shot”—versus holding out for just the right moment to take action–“Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it.”

Miranda spoke of falling in love with the “instant gratification” of theater at Wesleyan.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 Delivers Commencement Address

The 183rd Commencement Ceremony took place on Andrus Field, with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 delivering the Commencement address on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

The 183rd Commencement Ceremony took place on Andrus Field, with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 delivering the Commencement address on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 made the following remarks at the 183rd Commencement ceremony May 24:

Thank you, President Roth, Provost, Board of Trustees, faculty, students, families. Wes Wings, Thai Gardens and Neon Deli.

As I look across the sea of proud, sleepy graduates, who just hours ago were turnt all the way up in the tent where your families now sit—seriously, your grandmother is sitting where YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID—I can’t help but wish I had been asked to be your freshman orientation speaker instead. Over the course of your time here, you have learned innumerable lessons, large and small, but I could have saved you a few of them. So, future graduates on Foss Hill, are you here? Consider this your post-frosh orientation advice.

Gatherings, Celebrations During Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 21-24

The all-campus party will take place from 10 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to 1 a.m. in the main tent on Andrus Field.

The annual reunion party will begin at 10 p.m. May 22, followed by the all-campus party at 10 p.m. May 23. Both activities take place in the main tent on Andrus Field.

The Wesleyan community has established a tradition of celebrating Reunion and Commencement together, ensuring a large and convivial gathering of alumni, students, families, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

Beginning with the arrival of alumni, family, and friends on May 21 and culminating with the 183rd Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. May 24, Wesleyan will offer a wide array of educational and recreational programs, including many opportunities to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2015.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photo courtesy of broadway.com)

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 is the 2015 Commencement speaker. (Photo courtesy of broadway.com)

This year’s schedule includes class reunions, WESeminars, academic department open houses, the 100th anniversary of the parade of classes, campus tours, an all-college picnic and festival, historian David Potts speaking on the history of Wesleyan, the traditional all-college sing, an all-campus party featuring DJ Smokey (Smokey Fontaine ’93) and a fundraising benefit performance by FreeStyle Love Supreme (tickets are still available by calling 860-685-3870).

Award-winning composer, lyricist, writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 will deliver the Commencement address on May 24. Miranda ’02, Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, P’04, and Michael Price will receive honorary doctorates during the event.

Registration is located in the Usdan University Center.

For additional information on R&C Weekend visit WesConnect.

The R&C photo gallery, hosted on Wesleyan Flickr, will be updated frequently throughout the weekend. Check back frequently.