Wesley's 133rd Commencement

Monday, May 11th, 2015
2:00PM 
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
 
 

Regalia

Ordering

Regalia ordering is now closed. All students who plan on walking in the Commencement ceremony must rent or purchase regalia. If a graduand does not order regalia, he/she will not be eligible to walk in the Commencement ceremony.

Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions.

Pick Up

Regalia pick-up will begin April 20, 2015 in the Registrar’s Office during normal business hours (8:30am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm). Doctoral students can also pick up regalia the morning of Commencement, May 11th, from 9am to 11am in KG01. Before you pick up your regalia, you must settle your account with the Business Office and complete the graduation surveys available on this site.

Return

Graduates will have to return their rental regalia directly after Commencement. The Registrar’s Office will have a table set up for regalia return in the Narthex of the National Cathedral after the ceremony concludes. 

Graduation Accessories

Graduation Announcements

Wesley graduands can order Graduation Announcements through Balfour. Balfour offers several packages in varying price ranges. You can either search for Wesley Theological Seminary from the home page, or go to the site linked here.

Tickets

Allocation

Graduating students will receive 7 tickets. If you worked at a PM&M site during your time at Wesley, your learning partners will receive two tickets. The Registrar's Office will distribute PM&M tickets directly to learning partners. 

Requesting Extra Tickets

In mid-April, a Blackboard site will be set up for graduating students to request extra tickets from their fellow graduands. Through this site you can post messages to your fellow classmates either requesting or offering extra tickets. This site will be the only avenue to request extra tickets. 

Pick Up

When you pick up your regalia you can also pick up your tickets. In order to receive both your regalia and tickets, you will need to complete both the Graduate Student Questionnaire and the Library Services Survey (links are located at the top right of this page) and settle your account with the Business Office. The Registrar's Office will only release regalia and tickets to the graduand. 

Transportation & Parking

Parking

Limited parking will be available on Wesley campus the day of graduation. Shuttles will run from Wesley campus to the Cathedral from 12:30pm until 1:40pm. The last shuttle leaves Wesley at 1:40pm. After Commencement concludes, shuttles will run from the Cathedral to Wesley until 4:45pm. The last shuttle leaves the Cathedral at 4:45pm

Since parking at Wesley will fill up early, Wesley has made arrangements for additional free parking with the National Presbyterian Church. Limited parking is available at NPC, located at the intersection of Nebraska Ave. and Van Ness St. A parking pass is required to park in the NPC lot. Graduands can request a pass at regalia pick up. Guests should enter the parking lot via Van Ness St. 

Shuttles will also run from NPC campus to the Cathedral from 12:30pm until 1:40pm. The last shuttle leaves NPC at 1:40pm. After Commencement concludes, shuttles will run from the Cathedral to NPC until 4:45pm. The last shuttle leaves the Cathedral at 4:45pm. The shuttles running from NPC are not handicap accessible. 

There are also limited spots available in two local parking garages. The parking garage at Cathedral Commons, located a couple of blocks from the Cathedral at the junction of 38th St. NW and Macomb St. NW, is $15 to park for 2-3 hours with a maximum charge of $25.  The onsite parking garage at the Cathedral  holds very limited spaces and costs $22.

Public Transportation

For those who choose to take public transportation, there are many options to get to the Cathedral.

If you are coming from Wesley campus, you can take the N4 or the N3 Metrobus from Massachusetts & 45th to Massachusetts & Wisconsin. 

If you are coming via the Metrorail, take the red line to Tenleytown station. From Tenleytown, you can take Southbound 31 or 33 from Wisconsin & Albemarle to Wisconsin & Woodley Rd.

Important Dates & Events

Pre-Commencement Dates & Events

  • October 1, 2014 Graduation Application due to the Registrar's Office.
  • December 2014 Regalia ordering opens on the Commencement website.
  • January 2015 Graduation fee ($100) will be applied to graduand accounts.
  • March 1, 2015 Last day to notify the Registrar's Office if graduating in absentia.
  • March 6, 2015 Last day to order regalia.
  • April 20, 2015 Regalia and ticket pick-up opens in the Registrar's Office.
  • April 20, 2015 Any outstanding balances must be settled with the Business Office
  • May 7, 2015 Graduate Eucharist, Oxnam Chapel
  • May 7, 2015 Graduate Orientation after the Graduate Eucharist, Oxnam Chapel
  • May 7, 2015 Masters Graduate Dinner after Graduate Orientation, Refectory

Commencement Day Timeline

  • 8:30am Doctor of Ministry Graduate Breakfast
  • 10am Doctor of Ministry Graduate Orientation, after DMN Graduate Breakfast
  • 9am-11am Ironing boards available in KG-01
  • 12:30pm Shuttles start running from WTS to the Cathedral
  • 1pm Graduands are expected to be at the Cathedral
  • 1:40pm Last shuttle leaves from WTS to the Cathedral
  • 2pm COMMENCEMENT
  • After Commencement Regalia return in the Narthex of the Cathedral
  • 4:45pm Last shuttle leaves from the Cathedral to WTS

Graduation Surveys

Please complete the Graduate Student Questionnaire and Library Services surveys online. The ATS survey will take you around 20 minutes while the Library survey should take around 5 minutes. You will need to have completed both surveys before picking up regalia and will need to provide proof of completion at regalia pick-up.

Contact Information Update

Before or when you pick up your regalia, please also complete the Graduate Contact Information Update form. The form will take about 5 minutes to complete and is required to receive your regalia and tickets.

 

Events

Graduate Eucharist
May 7, 2015
4:45pm
Oxnam Chapel

Masters Graduate Orientation
May 7, 2015
After Graduate Eucharist
Oxnam Chapel

Masters Graduate Dinner
May 7, 2015
After Masters Graduate Orientation
Refectory

Doctor of Ministry Graduate Breakfast
May 11, 2015
8:30 am
Refectory

Doctor of Ministry Graduate Orientation
May 11, 2015
10am
KG-01

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