Wheaton College’s 186th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

2021 Commencement Livestream

The celebratory day began with a virtual ceremony and degrees were then conferred by major in five in-person ceremonies scheduled throughout the day. Each individual ceremony can be viewed in the above recording by clicking on the play “Event Posts” icon in the top right.

 

Commencement Recap

8:30 a.m. – Virtual ceremony
Program overview
  • Opening statement by Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72, chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Invocation by Caleigh Grogan ’18, interfaith engagement coordinator
  • Wheaton Anthem (verses 1 and 3) led by Ian Hamilton ’21
  • Welcome by Dennis M. Hanno, president
  • Greetings from David Palombo, chair of the Class of 2021
  • Presentation and awarding of honorary degrees by President Dennis M. Hanno and Provost Renée T. White
  • Remarks from honorary degree recipients E. Frances “Fran” White ’71 and James “Jamie” Ellis  Washington
  • Charge to the Class of 2021 by President Dennis M. Hanno
  • Conferring of degrees to the Class of 2021 by President Dennis M. Hanno
  • Welcome to the Alumni Association from Joshua S. Bauchner ’95, Alumni Association president
  • Closing by President Dennis M. Hanno
  • Wheaton Anthem (verses 4 and 5) led by Ian Hamilton ’21
Schedule of Ceremonies
  • 8:30 a.m. – Virtual Ceremony
  • 10 a.m. – Ceremony I
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ceremony II
  • 1:30 p.m. – Ceremony III
  • 3 p.m. – Ceremony IV
  • 4:30 p.m. – Ceremony V
Breakdown of Major Ceremonies
10 a.m. Ceremony I
  • African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS)
  • Ancient Studies
  • Archeology & Museum Studies
  • Art, History
  • Art, Visual
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing & Literature
  • English
  • Film and New Media Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Greek
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Latin
11:30 a.m. Ceremony II
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Russian Studies
  • Theatre and Dance Studies
1:30 p.m. Ceremony III
  • Anthropology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Secondary Education
3 p.m. Ceremony IV
  • Business and Management
  • Digital Marketing Management
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Transnational Marketing
4:30 p.m. Ceremony V
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Public Health
  • Women’s and Gender Studies