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Wesleyan Celebrates the Class of 2020 with Virtual Ceremonies

The Wesleyan College Class of 2020 will celebrate Commencement virtually as the campus remains closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after spring break, students and faculty adapted to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. Now, the students who would be turning their tassels on May 16th in Porter Auditorium will celebrate their graduation from the oldest and best like no other class in Wesleyan's 183-year history. At 7:00PM on May 15th, the College will hold a virtual Baccalaureate ceremony for graduating seniors and their families. Baccalaureate is an occasion of prayer, song, and celebration held each year on the eve of Commencement. Originating at Oxford University, England, during the 15th Century, Baccalaureate is a cherished part of Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises. All are welcome to view a livestream of the ceremony at 7:00PM on May 15th on Wesleyan's YouTube channel:

In advance of Baccalaureate, those who wish to share words of encouragement and blessing with our graduates are invited to do so at

At 10:00AM on May 16th, President Fowler will confer degrees and Provost Blake will read each graduate’s name during a video ceremony. The video will be available for viewing on Wesleyan's YouTube channel:

While these springtime celebrations will happen virtually, plans are being made to hold a traditional Commencement ceremony in August.

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2020!



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