It’s Reunion & Commencement Weekend, which means campus is crawling with wealthy alumni; nervous soon-to-be-graduates; underclassmen working temp jobs as ushers or golf cart drivers
or squatting in their senior friends’ houses; and, of course, Wesleyan dads.
In between all the snoozing on Usdan couches, schmoozing on Foss Hill, engaging in Senior Week shenanigans, chasing after famous alumni currently on campus (shoutout to Joss Whedon ’87, Matthew Weiner ’87, Craig Thomas ’97, Carter Bays ’97, Santigold ’97…), and packing up your life’s belongings with your parents (godspeed), you may have missed an important piece of Wesleyan history reemerge in the Gordon Career Center.
That’s right: after a multi-year absence, the Douglas Cannon has made an appearance once more. Read past the jump for more details
Rather than halfheartedly trying to quote lyrics from “In the Heights” or some other thing written by this year’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, we’ll just skip ahead to: “Hey y’all, good morning!” It’s the 183rd Commencement at Wesleyan University, and we’re outdoors at Denison Terrace/Andrus Field/Foss Hill live-blogging all the speeches, processions, and every single name read (okay, none of the names) at today’s graduation ceremony.
Along with Miranda, Spellman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75 and Goodspeed Musicals executive director Michael P. Price are receiving honorary degrees. Things should be getting started around 11 a.m.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and even more congratulations to all the many Wesleying editors and contributors who are graduating as well! You can watch a livestream of the ceremony here.
Update: You read all the speeches and watch Miranda’s address below. And here’s the official Wesleyan newsletter article on the event.
Sustainability intern Rebecca Sokol ’15 offers you an opportunity to be on campus this senior week to take advantage of all the Wescam requests you’ll receive:
Want to stick around for Senior Week? Want to celebrate Reunion & Commencement? Apply to volunteer for WasteNot!
WasteNot is Wesleyan’s student-organized answer to the Spring semester student evacuation. It is run and maintained entirely through the commitment of the Wesleyan community, and truly exemplifies the incredible power in reusing. Fourteen volunteers, working about 5 hours each day from 5/18 – 5/27, will help facilitate clothing and furniture collection in preparation for the Fall Tag Sale. To apply, email wesustainability(eat)gmail(deat)com with your response to the question: “Why is Waste Not! important for the Wesleyan community?”
Deadline: April 19
Contact: Email wesustainability(oat)gmail(doat)com or visit our website.
Sticking around after classes end? Put some money in your pocket! Courtesy of the The Interns at Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events, who have been unmasked as Raymond Wong ’14, Jinsol Hyun ’15, and Aarit Ahuja ’16:
DO YOU WANT TO…
Stay on campus for Reunion & Commencement? Make some extra cash? Make lasting connections with alumni? Help with registration/event prep? Drive a shuttle or golf cart (if you are over 21)? Spend all day playing with kids as a Camp Cardinal counselor?
Apply to work for Reunion & Commencement Weekend, May 23-26, 2013!!!
The application can be found HERE.
Deadline to apply: April 19th.
For questions or concerns, please contact us at apr.interns(at)gmail(dot)com or x2418
Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2013 Interns
Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events
77 Pearl Street (Horgan House)
Deadline: April 19th, 2013
Because bringing Joss Whedon ’87 to campus apparently wasn’t enough, Wesleyan’s capital campaign website reports that everyone’s favorite Dresden Doll, Amanda Palmer ’98, will also be making an appearance for a “concert and conversation” during Reunion & Commencement weekend. Fittingly, this May marks the 15th reunion of Palmer’s glory days living in the Eclectic basement and schmoozing it up with Momus. Curiously, however, Palmer has made no secret of how much she disliked being a student at Wesleyan. In fact, she once wrote a fantastic song about burning Wesleyan to ash. But everyone knows fundraising is boring without a little conflict, right?
Palmer has been in the public eye constantly this past year, mostly raising conversation and controversy regarding her radical business model and crowd-sourcing tactics, which was the topic of her recent TEDTalk. Last time she was at Wesleyan, in 2011, she gave a surprise “ninja gig” in the Eclectic dining room, performing everything from Dresden classics “Coin-Operated Boy” and “Leeds United” to a radical reimagining of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” from the point of view of a truck stop hooker. Here’s video of that performance, via Will Feinstein ’13 at Aural Wes. Hope she includes it in her Reunion & Commencement set!
Aubrey Courville ’13 has totally figured out a way for you to get paid to bum around during Senior Week and occasionally give golf cart rides to 97-year-old alums from the Class of 1937 (okay, that was just me last year):
Do you want to:
- Stay on campus for senior week?
- See your senior friends graduate?
- Make lasting connections with alumni?
- Help with registration/event prep?
- Drive a shuttle (if you are over 21)?
- Spend all day playing with kids as a Camp Cardinal counselor?
Then apply to work for Reunion & Commencement Weekend, May 24th-27rd, 2012! The application can now be accessed here. You will have until Friday, April 20th to submit your application. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail interns(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Due: 4/20, yo