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~Timetable For Wellesley's Commencement Friday, June 1~

For immediate release:
March 28, 2001


Mary Ann Hill
(781) 283-2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Madame Jehan Sadat will address the Class of 2001 at Wellesley College's 123rd Commencement exercises June 1. 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. Click here for services available to individuals with disabilities.

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.

9:15 a.m.

Students assemble on Severance Hill for class photo

9:40 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 Madame Sadat follow trustees
Then students enter tent and take their seats

10:45 am -12:30 pm

Welcome by President Walsh
Student speaker
Announcement of retirements, faculty award winners
Madame Jehan Sadat delivers commencement address (beginning at ~11:15 am)
President Walsh, Charge to the Class of 2001
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 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to about 2,300 undergraduate students. Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and broadcast journalists Cokie Roberts, Diane Sawyer, and Lynn Sherr.


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