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Graduation requirements

Reposted from 1.21 email


Welcome to the spring term of your senior year! I hope you had a wonderful break and you’re ready to go.

Below is some helpful information as we move toward Commencement. If you have questions about graduation requirements, total credits earned, oversubscription, or anything else about this semester, please do not hesitate to contact me. My drop-in hours are the same, so come on by.


1) Review your Credit Analysis Report NOW and understand how many credits you still need for graduation. Click for more information on minimum requirements. Are you oversubscribed? Click here for more information on oversubscription. You want to be sure to graduate in May, so please be in touch with your advisor and/or with me if you have any questions.

2) Complete your Major Certification Form. The major certification form found in your eportfolio under “Academic Career” Bucket will be certified by your faculty advisor that you have completed the major(s). Be sure to complete your portion of the form.

3) I’ll be sending information out soon about the process to select the Senior Student Commencement Speaker.

4) If you have incomplete(s), the deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m.) or as your instructor has indicated. If you have any questions, please let me know.

5) As I noted in the fall, here However, here are the nuts and bolts of Graduation Requirements:

· satisfactory completion of a major

· satisfactory completion of 32.00 course credits with no oversubscription*

· minimum of 16.00 credits earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs;

· cumulative average of 74.00 or higher;

· minimum of six semesters in residence at Wesleyan as a full-time student for those who entered in the first year**

· minimum of five semesters for students entering as full-time first-semester sophomores**

· minimum of four semesters for students entering as full-time midyear sophomores or junior transfers**

*Oversubscription: This term is used to reflect credits that are more than the maximum allowed to count toward graduation. For example, a maximum of 16.00 credits may be counted in any one department.

**Full-time status at Wesleyan means enrollment in at least 3.00 credits (with a normal course load being 4.00 credits in any given semester). Any semester in which a grade is given is counted as a Wesleyan semester for purposes of graduation.

You may also need to complete your General Education expectations. For example, a student who does not meet these expectations by the time of graduation will not be eligible for University honors, Phi Beta Kappa, honors in general scholarship, or for honors in certain departments and may not declare more than a combined total of two majors, certificates, and minors.

Reposted email from 2/18/15

My apologies for deluging your inboxes this week, but exciting opportunities abound!
Please see the note below from the Registrar’s Office regarding confirming your name for the diploma.
Dean Wood

To: Candidates for Bachelor of Arts Degree
From: Rosie Villard, Administrative Assistant IV

To ensure that your full legal name is spelled correctly on your diploma, we are asking you to confirm your diploma name. Please confirm your name as soon as possible.

In your portfolio under Enrollment Status click on Diploma Names. The name that we currently have on file will be displayed on this page. If your name is correct, please click on Confirm/Update button at the bottom of the page. If your name is not correct, please make any necessary corrections before selecting the Confirm/Update button.

Please note that you will only be able to update your name once per day – if you confirm your name in error, you will need to return to the page the following day to make any corrections.

If your name contains special characters or accents, please confirm the spelling of your name without the characters or accents. In order to make sure that the special characters or accents appear correctly on your diploma, you will be asked to link to the Special Character Diploma Name Confirmation form and send it to the Registrar’s Office.

To make a correction to your legal name for all other university records, you will need to bring a form of legal identification (birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, or legal name change document if your name has been legally changed) to the Registrar’s Office.

Reposted from 3/6 email

Dear ’15,

Spring break is upon us!

I hope the next two weeks are both restorative and productive, as this can be a good time to catch up on work and focus on theses/essays as well as sleep, spend time with friends and families, watch bad TV and then return ready to finish out your last term at Wesleyan from a place of strength. Hopefully spring will return when you do!

This can also be a good time to focus on your job search in earnest, so please make a point of spending time on the Career Center’s CareerDrive (which you can access via your portfolio). Make sure that you’re also signed up for their newsletter. Please know that the Career Center counselors are available to go over resumés and cover letter as well as discuss your career interests more generally. They also regularly host alumni discussing their experiences in a vast array of fields, whether working at Lego, breaking into the tech industry with a liberal arts major, or entering the non-profit sector. Please know that I’m here as well if you’d like to discuss your post-Wesleyan plans (particularly if you don’t have any at the moment).

Please be sure to look over your standing in terms of graduation requirements. Seniors must earn a minimum of 32.00 credits (without oversubscription) and complete a major. At least 16.00 of these credits must be earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs (such as study abroad). In addition, seniors must have a cumulative average of at least 74.00 and at least six semesters in residency as a full-time student (for students who entered Wesleyan in their first year). That’s it. Those are the requirements, so please be sure that you will fulfill them by the end of this semester.

The start of this term has clearly been challenging, but I’ve been very moved by the ways in which you have supported one other during this time. It is in these very moments when we realize our community’s strength and resilience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I’m here to help, so come on by at any point.

Have a wonderful break!



Commencement Sites

Reposted from 3/19 email

Dear ’15,
I hope the break has been as relaxing or productive as you had hoped.

The Commencement website has gone live, so I wanted to send you the link:
I will be sending emails regarding caps and gowns, name pronunciation software and the like in the coming weeks, but I wanted to be sure that you have this information. Please note that there is also a site specifically for your parents:
There are no tickets for Commencement, but you are asked to register for the weekend.
I’m sure that receiving this email is probably freaking you out, so please know that I’m here if you’d like to talk at any point.
Dean Wood

Dear Class of 2015:

It is university policy that seniors cannot charge to their student account after classes end for the spring semester. Seniors with private insurance who receive “in-house” services with a fee (see below) at the Davison Health Center (DHC) will have charges go directly to their student account from March 24 to May 6. Private insurance will not be billed for these specific services during this time since reimbursement claims may not arrive for reconciliation by graduation.

After May 6 seniors will need to pay cash or check for in-house services as charges cannot be made to student account. Visit fees will continue to be billed directly to insurance until the end of the semester. Please note: This policy does not apply to students with Gallagher student insurance.

Laboratory testing sent to directly to Clinical Lab Partners will continue to be billed through private and student insurance for the duration of the semester.

Students with private insurance who would like to file their own claim for reimbursement should ask for a statement of services rendered for in-house testing.

Please speak with your DHC healthcare provider at the time of visit if you have any questions. Please note that all charges to student accounts are recorded as miscellaneous health center fees.

In-House Charges:
Mono Test = $10
Strep Test = $10
Urine Pregnancy = $10
Urine dipstick = $9
Allergy Shots = $10
Immunizations = $10-$70+

Notice: This email (including attachments) is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act 18, U.S.C. 2510-2521, is confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any retention, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please reply to the sender that you have received the message in error, then delete it. Thank you

Joyce Walter, Director
Davison Health Center
Wesleyan University
327 High St.
Middletown, CT 06459

Graduation Requirements

Reposted email from 3.23.15

Dear seniors,
Today is the first day of the fourth quarter, so if you find yourself in need of .25 credit or so, be mindful of this. Fourth quarter courses can be added or dropped within the five business days following the first day of class.

Be sure to keep an eye on your credit analysis report, which I know can be confusing. Here is a quick guide if that’s helpful:

As you review your academic history and credit analysis, please keep Wesleyan’s graduation requirements in mind:

Major requirement. Satisfactory completion of a major is required for graduation. If you have not yet filled out your major certification form, I will be badgering you to do so this week.

Credit. A minimum of 32.00 credits (without oversubscription) is required for graduation. At least 16.00 of these credits must be earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs. Please be sure that you’re looking at the “useable graduation credits” category on the credit analysis.
GPA. A cumulative average of at least 74.00 percent is required for graduation.

Residency. At least six semesters in residency at Wesleyan as a full-time student for students entering in their first year is required. (For students entering as sophomore transfers, at least five semesters in residency at Wesleyan as a full-time student; for students entering as midyear sophomores or junior transfers, at least four semesters in residency at Wesleyan as a full-time student is required.) Per credit terms do not count as a semester in residence.

Please be sure that you have satisfied all of these requirements.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write or come by.

Caps and Gowns!


Congratulations on your achievements! The 2015 Commencement season is approaching soon and it is time to start thinking about purchasing your graduation items such as caps and gowns. All these items can be purchased through Broad Street Books, your local university store. Class rings can be obtained separately through the Jostens.com website which you can design your own style that best suits “The Graduate”.

You can purchase your caps and gowns beginning April 1, 2015. Class rings can be ordered anytime. To ensure that you will obtain the correct size and fit for your graduation regalia, we recommend that you purchase your items early because some sizes sell more quickly than others do. If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the bookstore, we will be glad to have it shipped to you. Contact Broad Street Books to place your order and provide shipping information. Payment will be due at the time of ordering. A shipping and handling fee will be applied to your purchase total.

Prices for the Graduation regalia are listed below. Please note that these prices do not reflect sales tax and that all graduation regalia are non-refundable.
Undergrad/ Bachelor: $39 (price includes cap & gown)- Red
Master’s Unit: $69.00 (price includes cap & gown)- Black
Tassels: $7.00 (not included w cap & gown purchases).
Caps-Red & Tams-Black can be purchased separately- Ask store personnel ($12-caps/ $32-Tams)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (860) 685-7323 and ask for Erin Ricker or Don Dantzler. Our store hours are Monday –Friday 9 am-8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.

Thank you and again congratulations on your well deserved honor.


Don Dantzler
Store Manager
Broad Street Books
Wesleyan University Bookstore & Café

I will uploading recent emails concerning Commencement to the class blog…

Dear ’15,
A few different things…

First, there are a few spaces left for the Kennedy Odede ’12 event on May 2, so please let me know if you would like to come.

Second, thanks to the wonderful (and voluntary) leadership of Theodora Messalas, this year’s commencement gown rental program will be possible. Many thanks to the volunteers who will be helping with this work. Here is the announcement:

On May 4, 5, 6 from 9am – 2pm, individuals who do not want to purchase the cap and gown through the bookstore can come to the Usdan Administration Office (located directly across from Cardinal Technology Store) and borrow a set, while supplies last, sizing not guaranteed. Reservations are not accepted and individuals must be present to receive a cap and gown. Individuals may not pick up for friends. As each student comes to see us, we will need to see if we have the correct size cap and correct length gown. If we do then they will need to provide a $40 cash deposit which will be returned after the cap and gown are turned back in following commencement. Returns must be made on Sunday, May 24th following the commencement ceremony and reception to the Usdan Center Information Desk. Caps and gowns not returned by 3pm on the day of commencement forfeit their deposit. You still must purchase a tassel from the bookstore since those are year specific ($5 or so).

Third, regarding the cost of Senior Week, the class officers have spoken with Elisa Cardona, the Director of SALD, who would like to cover as much of the ticket price as she can for students who find this cost an obstacle to their participating. Her office is located in the SALD office (across from the box office). She is the second door on the right and her email is ecardona@wesleyan.edu. Obviously, this information will remain private and will stay between the student and Elisa…[redacted note]

Please don’t forget to certify your diploma names and use Name Coach, even (or particularly) if you do not plan on attending Commencement.

In terms of diploma names, please see below:

“In your portfolio under Enrollment Status click on Diploma Names. The name that we currently have on file will be displayed on this page. If your name is correct, please click on Confirm/Update button at the bottom of the page. If your name is not correct, please make any necessary corrections before selecting the Confirm/Update button.”

Please don’t hesitate to write or come by if you have any questions.

Class of 2015 Student Loan Exit Information

Information sessions about the Federal and Wesleyan student loans you borrowed while at Wesleyan will be:
Thursday, May 7, 2015: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2015: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11, 2015: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
All sessions will be held in Exley Science Center 150 (Tishler Hall).
These informational sessions are designed to provide you with repayment information for federal and institutional loans you may have borrowed while at Wesleyan. Information on debt management, budget management, and default prevention, will also be presented at each session. Representatives from the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid will be available to address your questions.

At the session, you will also receive your loan exit packet. The packet contains a list of all the loans you have borrowed while at Wesleyan and instructions for completing mandatory Federal Stafford, Perkins and/or Wesleyan Loan exit counseling. If you cannot attend, your packet will be mailed to your campus address. All exit interview materials must be completed by Monday, May 18, 2015. It is university policy to withhold both the diploma and official transcripts for any student who does not complete mandated loan exit counseling.

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending one of these sessions. Note that the sessions are NOT “drop-in” presentations; you should be there from the start in order to avail yourself of the information presented.

Please contact any of the individuals listed below for any questions or concerns OR if you believe you have not received any loans while at Wesleyan OR if you have paid off your loans!

Jacqueline Outlaw Hrissi Haldezos Margaret Neale
Interim Co-Director Associate Director Department Assistant
Office of Financial Aid Office of Student Accounts Office of Financial Aid
(860) 685-3320 (860) 685-2823 (860) 685-2862
joutlaw@wesleyan.edu hhaldezos@wesleyan.edu mneale@wesleyan.edu

a panel discussion with Wesleyan alumni

Are you thinking about your future career or considering going to grad/med/law school? Do you have a lot of questions about life post-Wes? Do you enjoy FREE MONDO PIZZA?

Join the woodframe & Fauver CAs at the Alumni Career Panel where you can ask Wesleyan alumni all of your questions!

Thursday, APRIL 23rd, 6pm – 7:30pm
41 Wyllys, room 115

Our awesome panelists have already made the transition from Wesleyan into the real world, so they will be able to provide some guidance for us students. Plus, most of them are interested in hiring Wes students after graduation! Come to learn, ask questions, and network with the following alums:

Melissa McCaw ’01, Budget Director at the University of Hartford
Brian O’Donnell ’79, Attorney at Reid and Riege
Kevin Egolf ’05, Managing Director of Business Operations at Iroquois Valley Farms
Michael Andolina ’05, MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management
Win Whitcomb ’84, Chief Medical Officer at Remedy Partners

See you there!

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