Diploma Mailing Update – 6/30

International diplomas were Fedexed on Monday, June 14th; however we encountered major delivery issues with those being sent to China.  FedEx tried to contact those graduates but could not dial a United States number.  If your diploma was mailed to an international address and you  have not received it, please email Tracey Stanley (tstanley@wesleyan.edu) with your legal name and WesID, (please do not send her your preferred name).

The first half of the alphabet was FedEx on Friday, June 18th.  This included graduates names (A-Jontz).  They should have arrived by now.  If you have not received your diploma, again email Tracey Stanley (tstanley@wesleyan.edu) with your legal name, WesID and the address that it should be mailed to.

The remaining graduates (Joyce-Zitter), those that have cleared their student accounts and those upon completions that have been cleared will be FedExed on July 1st with a July 7th delivery date.

Again, please make sure that if you contact Mrs. Stanley that you include your legal name, WesID and address that it should be mailed to.

Congratulations again!

Diplomas/Mailing Addresses, Transcripts, Commencement Photos and Middletown Cash Refunds – 6/4

Greetings!

I hope you’re enjoying the summer and looking forward to the next leg of your journey. There are still some lingering questions and loose ends to tie up; hopefully, the information below is helpful.

Diplomas, Diploma Addresses and Official Transcripts

Any changes to diploma mailing addresses are due to Tracey Stanley in the Registrar’s Office by 4:30pm, EST today, June 4th. Include your name, WesID and your new address in any correspondence with Ms. Stanley about updating your diploma mailing address. Future inquiries about your mailing address and changes should be directed to Ms. Stanley. The Registrar’s Office staff is working with a vendor to mail diplomas this month; you should receive them by July 5th if not earlier.

Official transcripts with your degree conferral date are available now. You may request an official transcript through the Registrar’s Office and the National Student Clearinghouse. You may also request Enrollment and/or Degree Verification through the Registrar’s Office. Additionally, employers may call the National Student Clearinghouse at (703) 742- 4200 to verify degree completion.

Employers can verify degrees by calling this number.

Commencement Photos and Follow Up

Wesleyan partnered with GradTrak® Graduation Images and professional photographers  to take a candid photograph of each graduate present at the ceremony. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to service@gradtrak.com.

You may order online at www.gradimages.com or call (800) 261-2576. To pre-register your permanent email address and receive a $5.00 coupon towards a purchase of $25.00, please visit www.gradimages.com and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to six additional relatives and/or friends. GradTrak® will never sell or share the address/email information provided to them.

Middletown Cash Refunds

Contact Cathy-Lee Rizza at the WesCard Office (wescard@wesleyan.edu) to make the initial request for a refund of your Middletown Cash (note: points are not eligible for refunds). She will help you close your Middletown Cash account, and your balance minus a $25.00 administrative fee will be transferred to your student account. You will then need to fill out a refund request form on the front page of the student accounts website.

I will be working most of the summer, so feel free to reach out with any other questions or concerns. I’m also preparing to welcome the Class of 2025 this fall, so you will most likely see some changes to my outgoing messages.

Have a wonderful summer!
Dean Leathers

Tanesha A. Leathers, PhD (she/her/hers)
Dean for the Class of 2025
Interim Dean for the Class of 2022, Li-Ro
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459

Commencement Photos and Follow Up

Wesleyan partnered with GradTrak® Graduation Images and professional photographers  to take a candid photograph of each graduate present at the ceremony. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to service@gradtrak.com.

You may order online at www.gradimages.com or call (800) 261-2576. To pre-register your permanent email address and receive a $5.00 coupon towards a purchase of $25.00, please visit www.gradimages.com and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to six additional relatives and/or friends. GradTrak® will never sell or share the address/email information provided to them.

Oak Hall Regalia Pre-Orders Available for Pickup at Tomorrow – 5/21 at 10am

Students may pick-up their Oak Hall pre-ordered regalia from WRJJ Bookstore starting Friday, May 21st, at 10 AM. Only regalia pre-ordered via the Oak Hall website will be available for pick up tomorrow. Note that the bookstore cafe opens at 9am, but the store will not be open until 10am.

More information is forthcoming for students who still need to purchase regalia.

Please contact WRJJ Bookstore with any questions. (860-685-3939).

Apply for Fulbright and Other National Fellowships – Info Sessions 6/1 – 8/24

Dear Class of 2021,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! As you plan for the future, please consider applying for national fellowships. They are fully funded, usually year-long programs that support a range of global experiences, from research to graduate study to English teaching.

I especially encourage you to consider the Fulbright Study/Research or English Teaching Assistant grants, which allow you to spend a year in one of 100+ participating countries, pursuing independent research or graduate study or teaching English in the classroom. They are open to graduating seniors and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens, and they don’t have a minimum GPA requirement.

If you have clearly defined professional interests supported by experience, consider the Luce Scholarship, which provides a year-long professional placement at an organization in Asia.

Explore our website to learn about other fellowship opportunities and watch short video testimonials from recent applicants.

Application cycles for fellowships are almost a year long to allow for several stages of application review. Apply this fall for programs that take place in 2022-23. See campus deadlines on our website.

To learn more about applying for fellowships, please watch this recording. Fellowships Assistant Genesis Garcia ’22 and I talk about what fellowships are, what experiences they fund, who can apply, and why you should be thinking about them. I also encourage you to watch this recording, in which recent fellowship applicants from Wesleyan share their experiences and advice.

You’re also welcome to sign up for a video appointment on my calendar to talk about choosing the right program and planning the application process.

Finally, if you plan to apply for a national fellowship, either in this application cycle or in the future, you’re warmly invited to participate in the virtual summer application writing sessions. Research shows that writers who write with others are happier, more productive, and more successful.

The virtual application writing sessions will be held every other Tuesday from 7:30 to 9pm ET at the following Zoom link:  

https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97807415070?pwd=b0sxb1Yxc0tNaC9qU1ZaOStaeGNtZz09

Meeting ID: 978 0741 5070

Passcode  529431

The session dates are as follows:

June 1

June 15

June 29

July 13

July 27

August 10

August 24

Each session will start with goal setting and end with reflection on the work you’ve done. For best results, I encourage you to commit to a set number of sessions. We may talk a little in the beginning, in person or in the chat, then mute ourselves and write. Cameras are always optional.

I’m looking forward to talking to you!

Best wishes,

Magda

Magdalena Zapędowska, Ph.D. [za-pen-doff-ska]

Assistant Director, Fellowships | Fries Center for Global Studies

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Wesleyan University

201D Fisk Hall, 262 High St. | Middletown, CT 06459, USA

 

End-of-Semester Dining for Seniors – Spring 2021

Dining for spring Semester will close following brunch on Saturday, May 22nd.  If you will be staying for Commencement, please plan ahead and stock up on groceries (use of your points) from WesShop prior to the end of finals. Any unused points are forfeited after dining closes.

WesShop hours:

Friday 5/14: 2pm-6pm

Saturday 5/15: 2pm-6pm

Sunday 5/16 – Thursday 5/20: 12pm – 10pm

WesShop closes for the semester after hours on Thursday, 5/20.

Please email dining@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Public Health Update – 5/7

To the Wesleyan community,

Happy May, everyone! In a few short weeks, classes will end, final exams and projects will be completed, and the University will celebrate the Class of 2021 during Commencement. Summer is just around the corner.

I am happy to see COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths decrease in many states, including Connecticut. We are starting to regain a sense of normalcy as more and more people are vaccinated. Remember that you are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final vaccine dose. Prior to that, you must consider yourself unvaccinated and maintain our approach to COVID safety guidelines. We received many questions about life on campus for the remainder of the semester, even for those vaccinated. To be safe, we are staying the course with face coverings, distancing, and regular COVID testing.

Students, once you are fully vaccinated, you must upload your information to the Davison Health Center. Faculty and staff, once you are fully vaccinated, we encourage you to share your information via WesPortal.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has posted helpful pictorial charts outlining the differences between which activities unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people may safely participate in. Of particular note, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are advised to continue to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, such as malls, movie theaters, and museums.

Although our optimism grows, we note that the effect that COVID is having around the world is heartbreaking. We can only hope that medical supplies and personnel, as well as vaccines, can be made available to all in need. Closer to home, we continue to acknowledge the impact that COVID has had on our local communities, family, and friends. Many of us have lost important figures in our lives without the opportunity to properly grieve and say goodbye. In addition, let us keep in our thoughts those who are suffering from long-lasting complications and symptoms—including heart and lung conditions and long-haul syndrome—as well as those whose lives have been upended by the indirect effects of the pandemic.

Our Pandemic Planning Committee has been planning for the fall semester. We will be informed by the guidelines of the CDC and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Anticipating a fully vaccinated campus, we are looking forward to a safe semester with the full range of Wesleyan offerings. Additional details regarding the fall will be shared later in the summer.

Our students, staff, and faculty can all pat themselves on the back for their fortitude and positivity, and for the sacrifices they made to ensure a safe campus environment. A university can have the best-laid plans, but only genuine cooperation ensures success. Our Wesleyan community has come through with flying colors!

Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2021 and their families. I wish you the best with all future endeavors.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and restful summer break.

Tom McLarney, MD

FGLI Graduation Celebration – 5/25

To the first generation and/or low-income students in the class of 2021:

We celebrate and honor your legacy!

We are proud of how much you have accomplished for yourselves, for your families, and us all. You are invited to the inaugural Honoring the Legacy event (RSVP link) to celebrate graduating FGLI seniors on Tuesday, May 25th from 12noon-1:30pm in the Hogwarts Tent (next to the parking lot at 301 High Street – Facebook event).  The Socioeconomic Status and Disability interns in The RC created this event to celebrate the graduating FGLI community at Wesleyan.  During the event the FGLI seniors will receive a free lunch, customized graduation swag, and well wishes from each other and the Wesleya n community.

DATE OF THE EVENT: May 25th, 2021
TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Hogwarts Tent (next to the parking lot at 301 High Street
Please RSVP (link) because seats are limited as we need to adhere to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.

To everyone who have friends and connections to the FGLI students in the class of 2021, please help us celebrate them by submitting your best Wesleyan memories with the graduates and/or video recording a few words of congratulations (submission link), be it pictures or videos. The videos and pictures will be compiled together to form a post collage and video montage that will be displayed throughout the event.  The submission deadline is May 18th at 5PM.

Thanks,

Griselda, Shakira, Briana, and Alice

FGLI Grad Celebration Flyer