Wesley's 134th Commencement

Monday, May 9th, 2016




Commencement regalia is available through Oak Hall. Regalia ordering typically opens around January 1st. Masters regalia rentals cost around $35 and Doctor regalia rentals cost around $55. 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 usually begins in mid to late April. In past years, Doctoral students can also pick up regalia the morning of Commencement. Before you pick up your regalia, you must settle your account with the Business Office and complete the graduation surveys available on this site.


Graduates will have to return their rental regalia directly after Commencement. The Registrar’s Office will have a table set up for regalia return 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.



Due to space constrictions, graduating students will receive a limited number of tickets. 

Requesting Extra Tickets

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

Pick Up

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

Transportation & Parking

Transportation information will be updated as necessary.

Important Dates & Events

Pre-Commencement Dates & Events

  • September 15, 2015 Winter Conferral Graduation Application due to the Registrar's Office.
  • October 15, 2015 2016 Graduation Application due to the Registrar's Office.
  • January 2016 Regalia ordering opens on the Commencement website.
  • January 2016 Graduation fee ($150) will be applied to graduand accounts.
  • March 1, 2016 Last day to notify the Registrar's Office if graduating in absentia.
  • Early March, 2016 Last day to order regalia.
  • Mid April 2016 Regalia and ticket pick-up opens in the Registrar's Office.
  • Mid April 2016 Any outstanding balances must be settled with the Business Office
  • May 5, 2016 Graduate Eucharist, Oxnam Chapel
  • May 5, 2016 Graduate Orientation after the Graduate Eucharist, Oxnam Chapel
  • May 5, 2016 Masters Graduate Dinner after Graduate Orientation, Refectory

Commencement Day Timeline

  • Morning-of Doctor of Ministry Graduate Breakfast
  • Morning-of Doctor of Ministry Graduate Orientation, after DMN Graduate Breakfast
  • 9am-11am Ironing boards available in KG-01
  • 1pm Graduands are expected to be at Commencement site
  • After Commencement Regalia return

Graduation Surveys

In order to pick up regalia, graduands must complete the Graduate Student Questionnaire, and the Library Services survey, and the Graduate Contact Update form. These surveys help us gather information necessary for accreditation statndards and guide efforts to improve future students' experiences. Graduands need to have completed both surveys before picking up regalia and will need to provide proof of completion at regalia pick-up.



Graduate Eucharist

Masters Graduate Orientation

Masters Graduate Dinner
by invitation, RSVP needed
plus-one policy

Doctor of Ministry Graduate Breakfast
by invitation, RSVP needed

Doctor of Ministry Graduate Orientation

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