Skip Cap & Gown at Graduation – Donate Instead

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Isabella Vitti ’09 wants YOU, graduating seniors, to join her in skipping the cap and gown for more fashionable attire, and donate the money to a Middletown charity:

Everyone knows that caps and gowns are stupid looking. But not everyone knows that you are not required to wear one at commencement. I’m not going to wear one, and I’m going to give my $27 to a Middletown organization (I haven’t decided on one yet but I’m considering Green Street or the Traverse Square after-school program, which is what the seniors last year donated to) that does good work in the community. If you’re interesting in doing this as well, please send me an email to ivitti(at)wes and we can talk about what organization would be best, and we can gather all the money together.


[Update by Mad]
If you would like to donate directly to the Traverse Square after-school program, bring cash or a check to the Office of Community Service at the corner of Church and High and speak to the person at the front desk – they will get the money to the appropriate people.

28 thoughts on “Skip Cap & Gown at Graduation – Donate Instead

  1. Melissa Schilke

    If you are going gownless and donating the dollars. Please put Oddfellows Playhouse on your list of organizations to consider. This fabulous organization was founded by a Wesleyan University student, Alida Jay and many Wes U students have volunteered at OP over the last 30 years.
    Thanks for your consideration.

  2. Melissa Schilke

    If you are going gownless and donating the dollars. Please put Oddfellows Playhouse on your list of organizations to consider. This fabulous organization was founded by a Wesleyan University student, Alida Jay and many Wes U students have volunteered at OP over the last 30 years.
    Thanks for your consideration.

  3. Cathy Lechowicz

    I can assure you we will not pocket the money. Students entrusted our office to be the donation point last year and we were able to collect just over $1800. Any student that wants to donate money to either Green Street or Traverse Square can bring the money to OCS and we will make sure the programs get the money.

  4. Cathy Lechowicz

    I can assure you we will not pocket the money. Students entrusted our office to be the donation point last year and we were able to collect just over $1800. Any student that wants to donate money to either Green Street or Traverse Square can bring the money to OCS and we will make sure the programs get the money.

  5. Anonymous

    Green Street could definitely use the support! Please consider donating, you can bring a check to OCS, same as for Traverse Square. Every little bit DOES make a different – it’s cheesy but true.

    Also, if you’re interested in seeing Middletown kids in action – check out “Snap, Crackle, Pop!” a dance show featuring Wesleyan and Green Street students, May 7th at 7 pm in Crowell… stay tuned for more info.

  6. Anonymous

    Green Street could definitely use the support! Please consider donating, you can bring a check to OCS, same as for Traverse Square. Every little bit DOES make a different – it’s cheesy but true.

    Also, if you’re interested in seeing Middletown kids in action – check out “Snap, Crackle, Pop!” a dance show featuring Wesleyan and Green Street students, May 7th at 7 pm in Crowell… stay tuned for more info.

  7. Isabella

    One of the reasons that I thought to do this is because it seems silly to me to spend $27 on a cap and gown that you will wear for one day and then throw out or store in your attic. Of course if you prefer to wear a cap and gown, by all means you should. If you plan on wearing a cap and gown but still want to donate, please send me an email. Also, if you do end up buying a cap and gown, please consider donating it at the end of the year for next year’s seniors.

  8. Isabella

    One of the reasons that I thought to do this is because it seems silly to me to spend $27 on a cap and gown that you will wear for one day and then throw out or store in your attic. Of course if you prefer to wear a cap and gown, by all means you should. If you plan on wearing a cap and gown but still want to donate, please send me an email. Also, if you do end up buying a cap and gown, please consider donating it at the end of the year for next year’s seniors.

  9. Anonymous

    I think we should mention Dave who passed away last year. This was one of his projects. Donate the $ in his name!

  10. Anonymous

    I think we should mention Dave who passed away last year. This was one of his projects. Donate the $ in his name!

  11. Beau

    #6 and #2, the problem with buying a cap and gown and then also donating $30 to charity is that no one watching the commencement ceremony will know that you made a donation! [/sarcasm]

    I think it’s a good idea to give back to the community. I think that doing so on your way out of town is as good a time as any to do it. I just feel that this is mostly a token gesture to make the giver feel good and look good.

    I don’t believe that’s the intent behind Isabella’s organization of this, nor do I believe it was the intention of those who organized this last year. I just think that it would be better if we could give back without having to call attention to ourselves.

  12. Beau

    #6 and #2, the problem with buying a cap and gown and then also donating $30 to charity is that no one watching the commencement ceremony will know that you made a donation! [/sarcasm]

    I think it’s a good idea to give back to the community. I think that doing so on your way out of town is as good a time as any to do it. I just feel that this is mostly a token gesture to make the giver feel good and look good.

    I don’t believe that’s the intent behind Isabella’s organization of this, nor do I believe it was the intention of those who organized this last year. I just think that it would be better if we could give back without having to call attention to ourselves.

  13. Anonymous

    agreed #2. buy the cap and gown and also give 30 dollars to a charity. seems to me that your cap and gown is one of the things you wouldn’t want to skimp on.

  14. Anonymous

    agreed #2. buy the cap and gown and also give 30 dollars to a charity. seems to me that your cap and gown is one of the things you wouldn’t want to skimp on.

  15. Anonymous

    and also way overdue… free gown were handed out a month a ago to the few who actually read campus-wide emails. and gowns have been on sale at broad street for at least two weeks now…

  16. Anonymous

    and also way overdue… free gown were handed out a month a ago to the few who actually read campus-wide emails. and gowns have been on sale at broad street for at least two weeks now…

  17. Anonymous

    anon #1 has a good point. there are so many things you can save money on and donate instead. yes, there is “high visibility” at graduation, but you’re preaching to the choir. pretty silly in my opinion to be doing this.

  18. Anonymous

    anon #1 has a good point. there are so many things you can save money on and donate instead. yes, there is “high visibility” at graduation, but you’re preaching to the choir. pretty silly in my opinion to be doing this.

  19. Anonymous

    I don’t get this. Can’t you do both? Alternatively, couldn’t you go to state school and donate the 100k to a worthwhile charity?

  20. Anonymous

    I don’t get this. Can’t you do both? Alternatively, couldn’t you go to state school and donate the 100k to a worthwhile charity?

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