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For immediate release:
May 12, 2000


Betsy Lawson
(781) 283-3321




WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Senior Class Dean Pamela Daniels will address the Class of 2000 -- the class she helped steward through three of its four years at Wellesley -- at the College's 122nd Commencement exercises May 26. Media are welcome to cover all of the day's events as outlined below. Click here for travel directions. A campus map is at the bottom of the page.

Commencement occurs, rain or shine, in a huge tent on Severance Green near the center of the campus. All media are required to check in at the press area in the tent. Photographers will be escorted to the stage area.

9:30 a.m.

Students assemble on Severance Hill for class photo

9:45 a.m.

Students assemble in Academic Quad
Faculty assemble outside Founders Hall on Jewett Road

10:30 a.m.

Procession begins down Jewett Road, onto Severance Green -- enters at back of tent
Seniors go first, stop outside tent and form two lines, through which the faculty process (and are applauded by the students)
Trustees follow faculty
President Diana Chapman Walsh and Dean Pamela Daniels follow trustees
Then students enter tent and take their seats

10:45 am -12:30 pm

Invocation by Rabbi Ilene Bogosian, Jewish Chaplain
Welcome by President Walsh
Student speaker Robyn A. Sklaren '00
Announcement of retirements, faculty award winners
Dean Pamela Daniels delivers commencement address (beginning at ~11:15 am)
President Walsh, Charge to the Class of 2000
Conferring of degrees
Everyone sings "America the Beautiful," written by Katharine Lee Bates, Wellesley Class of 1880.

12:30-2:30 pm

Reception on the nearby Chapel Lawn after the ceremonies.

Campus Map: Commencement is held on the lawn between Clapp Library and the Academic Quad shown below.

Wellesley College is a prominent liberal arts college and has been a leader in the education of women for nearly 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to about 2,300 undergraduate students. Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and broadcast journalists Cokie Roberts, Diane Sawyer, and Lynn Sherr.




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