Commencement speaker named for 2023 graduation ceremony
Michigan State Secretary, Jocelyn Benson ’99, was recently announced as the 2023 commencement speaker. Benson is known for her work as a voting rights advocate. Her work in Mchigan’s 2020 and 2022 general elections garnered national attention, earning her the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the Presidential Citizens Medal. Benson was appointed as the dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and became the youngest woman in US history to lead a top-100 accredited law school. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the co-founder and former president of Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and service to military spouses and children.
Duck Day took place on April 12. Duck day is an event run by the Office of Student Involvement where plastic ducks filled with candy are scattered around campus for students. Inflatable ducks were placed in the Quint, Severance Green and in front of the campus bookstore.
LDOC concert artist announced
SBOG announced MUNA as the artist that will perform at the last day of class (LDOC) concert. The LDOC concert will take place on May 3 at Munger Meadow. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission for Wellesley students is free. Wellesley students are required to bring their OneCard for free admission. The admission fee for non-Wellesley students is $20. No bags, bottles or re-entry is allowed. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will be held indoors and will be limited to only Wellesley students. Non-Wellesley students will be refunded in the event that the concert is relocated indoors. Please email email@example.com for any questions.
Marathon Monday and Spring Weekend
Spring Weekend took place from April 14 to April 16 leading up to Marathon Monday. On April 14, SBOG held “Freaky Friday,” a party on the Campus Center lawn, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. “Plazapalooza,” SBOG’s annual food truck event, took place on April 15 on the Schneider Tennis Courts from 2 to 4 p.m. On April 16, sign making for the marathon was held in Bates, Cazenove and Tower. Marathon Monday took place on April 17. Students came out to cheer for runners and participate in the annual scream tunnel. SBOG held additional programming around campus such as carnival games, a photo booth, a flash tattoo station and an inflatable slide.
The 26th annual Ruhlman Conference took place on April 26 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. with events being held in the Science Center, Pendleton West, Jewett, Founders and Clapp Library. The Ruhlman Conference was founded to bring faculty and students who study various disciplines together to encourage collaboration and to highlight student achievements.
Haruki Murakami will give the Cornille Lecture
Haruki Murakami will give the Cornille Lecture on April 27 at 6 p.m. in Alumnae Auditorium. Murakami will discuss what writing fiction has been like in an era of COVID-19 and war. The lecture will be followed by a short discussion of questions from the Wellesley community. Murakami is the author of “Norwegian Wood,” “Kafka on the Shore,” “1Q84” and many more books.
Registrar announces the addition of pronouns and chosen name in Workday
On April 7, the registar announced the new addition for students, faculty and staff to add their pronouns and chosen names in Workday. The Fall 2023 class lists will be created with each student’s pronouns and chosen name in efforts for students to be addressed properly by faculty and peers. In the interests of protecting the privacy of all of our students, pronouns will not be included on the College website, student transcripts or in any other outward-facing documentation.