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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.

Remarks for Honorary Degree Recipient Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75

Beverly Daniel Tatum '75, P'04 received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters this year on May 24. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, P’04 received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters this year on May 24. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, president of Spelman College, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on May 24. She delivered the following remarks:

eve_ruc_2015-0524115145Thank you, President Roth and the Board of Trustees, the faculty, for this wonderful honor. I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be here – especially on the occasion of the 40th reunion of the Class of 1975! The years I spent at Wesleyan were transformative for me, and when I left Wesleyan, I was a confident young woman with a clear career plan.

I planned to go off to graduate school, earn my Ph.D.

Remarks for Honorary Degree Recipient Michael Price

Michael Price received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters this year on May 24. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Michael Price, at right, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan President Michael Roth, at left. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Honorary Degree Recipient Michael Price made the following remarks during the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24: 

My children would say this is an awesome moment.  For me, being on this platform amongst such a distinguished assemblage is somewhere between exhilaration and terror. I now know how an actor feels on opening night, excited, honored and hoping not to fall off the stage.

President Roth and the Wesleyan Community, thank you for this very special honor. To the class of 2015, I am thrilled and grateful to share this day with you, and to be in the company of Beverly Daniel Tatum and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

President Roth Makes Remarks to the Class of 2015

Wesleyan President Michael Roth speaks during Commencement.

“Diversity, equality, education…these are ideals shared by generations of Wesleyan alumni,” President Roth said. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Wesleyan President Michael Roth made the following remarks during the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24: 

Members of the board of trustees, members of the faculty and staff, distinguished guests, new recipients of graduate degrees and the mighty class of 2015, I am honored to present some brief remarks on the occasion of this commencement.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I begin by asking us all to take a moment to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the American armed forces. In recent years, military conflicts far from our own shores have cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of civilians. Regardless of our political views, we stop on this Memorial Day weekend to remember these losses.

Greetings for the Senior Class from Marissa Castrigno ’15

Marissa Castrigno '15 delivered the Senior Class Welcome during the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24. 

Marissa Castrigno ’15 delivered the Senior Class Welcome during the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Marissa Castrigno ’15 made the following remarks during the 183rd Commencement Ceremony May 24:

I feel immensely lucky to be able to stand here and see so many people that I love all in one place – so many people that love each other all in one place. My favorite college memory was on this very balcony two years ago when I sat with my best friend on its wide ledge and we spoke candidly for the first time about those private things that motivate and shape each of us. In that moment, among others during my first year here, I knew that transferring to Wesleyan had been the best decision I’d ever made for myself. Now my biggest fear is that we will go forth from this place and lose Wesleyan and all that it has afforded us. But I’d like to suggest today is not a day of loss, rather it is a day from which we become more expansive than we ever could be living together on our idyllic little campus.

We are taught to challenge this place. To examine it, analyze it, criticize it. During our time here we learn that the world is a deeply imperfect place and often this truth disillusions us.

Calter, Schorr, Ulysse Honored with Binswanger Prizes; Dachs ’70 Receives Baldwin Medal

Wesleyan President Michael Roth (second of left) and Daphne Kwok '84, chair of the Wesleyan Alumni Association 9fifth from left) presented The Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching to Gina Athena Ulysse (at left), Michael Calter and David Schorr. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Wesleyan President Michael Roth (second from left) and Daphne Kwok ’84, chair of the Wesleyan Alumni Association (fifth from left) presented The Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching to Gina Athena Ulysse (at left), Michael Calter and David Schorr. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

 

President Michael Roth awarded Alan Dachs '70, Hon '07, P'98 with the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal on May 24. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

President Michael Roth awarded Alan Dachs ’70, Hon ’07, P’98 with the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal on May 24. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

During the 183rd Commencement ceremony, President Michael Roth awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching to three faculty, and the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal to an alumnus.

Three outstanding teachers are recognized annually with the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This year, President Michael Roth honored Michael Calter, David Schorr and Gina Athena Ulysse for their excellence in teaching.

The prizes are made possible by gifts from the family of the late Frank G. Binswanger Sr., Hon. ’85, and underscore Wesleyan’s commitment to its scholar-teachers, who are responsible for the university’s distinctive approach to liberal arts education.

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.

Class Reunions, WESeminars, Commencement at R&C Weekend May 22-25

Reunite and reminisce with former classmates at Wesleyan's Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Reunite and reminisce with former classmates during Wesleyan’s Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

All Wesleyan alumni, students, parents, faculty, families and friends of the university are welcome to attend Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 22-25 on campus.

The weekend is chocked-full of events including class reunions, WESeminars, academic department open houses, campus tours, an all-college picnic and festival, an All-Campus Party featuring mamarazzi and Illegalize, and the 182nd Commencement Ceremony led by commencement speaker Theodore Shaw ’76. The full schedule is online here.

All alumni and their families are invited to walk in the traditional Parade of Classes scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Usdan University Center. The parade is immediately followed by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

All alumni and their families are invited to walk in the traditional Parade of Classes scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Usdan University Center. The parade is immediately followed by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

Highlights of this year’s R&C Weekend include a financial aid benefit concert featuring musician Randy Newman P’14 (sold out), stargazing at the Van Vleck Observatory, a Cardinal Loop Fun Run, a gathering for graduating seniors and their grandparents, a strolling magician and magic show and the traditional Parade of Classes. Classes ending in “4” and “9” will celebrate their reunions.

Wesleyan’s renowned WESeminar program will feature alumni, parents, students and faculty. WESeminar topics are 75 Years of Community Radio; Ocean Science and Storytelling; Reflecting on a Hollywood Icon: Clint Eastwood; An Inside Look Into the Legalization of Marijuana; The Senior Thesis: A Showcase of Academic Excellence; Celebration of Wesleyan Writing, Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science; Advocacy after Incarceration; The Changing Face of Sports; Celebrating 10 Years of Long Lane Farm: Alumni in Agriculture and many more.

The 182nd Commencement Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Andrus Field.

The 182nd Commencement Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Andrus Field.

The 182nd Commencement Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Andrus Field. Tickets are not required. About 5,000 chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All campus visitors may check in for a final weekend schedule with updates and event locations, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more inside Usdan University Center.

View this link for frequently asked questions and additional information.

785 Undergraduates Receive Degrees at Wesleyan’s 181st Commencement

Wesleyan awarded 785 bachelor degrees to the Class of 2013.

Wesleyan awarded 785 bachelor degrees to the Class of 2013.

Seniors at Wesleyan's Commencement Ceremony.

Seniors at Wesleyan’s Commencement Ceremony.

Embrace the contradictions and tensions within yourself and between yourself and others, and accept that they will never go away.

This was the advice Joss Whedon ’87 shared with the Class of 2013 at the 181st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 26.

“The best thing is not just the idea of honest debate, the best thing is losing the debate, because it means that you learn something and you changed your position. The only way really to understand your position and its worth is to understand the opposite. That doesn’t mean the crazy guy on the radio who is spewing hate; it means the decent human truths of all the people who feel the need to listen to that guy. You are connected to those people. They’re connected to him. You can’t get away from it.”

The 181st Commencement Ceremony took place on Andrus Field, with Honorary Doctorate of Letters recipient Joss H. Whedon '87 delivering the Commencement speech on May 26. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

The 181st Commencement Ceremony took place on Andrus Field, with Honorary Doctorate of Letters recipient Joss H. Whedon ’87 delivering the Commencement speech on May 26. (Photos by John Van Vlack)

Wesleyan conferred an honorary doctor of letters upon Whedon at the ceremony, which was held on Andrus Field, with temperatures that felt more like October than late May. Also honored were Majora Carter ’88, an urban revitalization specialist, and Jim Dresser ’63, who has dedicated himself to serving Wesleyan in numerous capacities since graduating. Both were awarded honorary doctor of human letters degrees. This year, Wesleyan awarded 785 bachelor degrees; 30 master of arts degrees; 30 master of arts in liberal studies degrees; and 21 doctor of philosophy degrees.

An award-winning film and television writer, director and producer, Whedon was behind the 2012 superhero blockbuster The Avengers, as well as cult favorites like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. His latest film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, premiers June 7. An early screening was held at Wesleyan on Friday, May 24.