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Spring 2015 Commencement

Information & Weekend Schedule

Commencement should be a time of enjoyment, remembrance, and celebration. Please use the information on these pages to prevent confusion and make your graduation day more enjoyable. If you still have questions, please contact us using the information on the checklist page.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Baccalaureate Service 9:30 a.m.
Pearce Memorial Church Sanctuary
Devotional Speaker: Dr. Rodney L. Bassett, Professor of Psychology 
Class Speaker: Rachel Varner, B.S. Nursing

The Baccalaureate Service is a worship celebration for student graduates and their guests.  Tickets are not required for the service.

Commencement Ceremony 2:00 p.m.
Voller Athletic Center Arena
Commencement address: Robert J. Duffy, President and CEO, Rochester Business Alliance

(including babies and young children) entering the Arena. Use link to left for Online Order Form.
No Reserved Seating. Guests should be seated by 1:45 p.m.

All graduates are expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. If extenuating circumstances prevent your participation, it is important that you send a letter of explanation with a request to graduate in absentia to Dr. David Basinger, Chief Academic Officer, at or by mail to Office of the Provost, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624.


Department Events

Please check the appropriate schedules listed below to determine whether your academic department/program is hosting an additional event on Friday or Saturday.

Undergraduate Nursing (Traditional Program):
Dedication and Candle Lighting Ceremony and Reception
Honoring the senior and sophomore nursing students, and recognizing the junior nursing students

Friday, May
8, 7:00 p.m.

Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center:
*Ceremony: Andrews B. Hale Auditorium
*Reception immediately following ceremony:
  Shewan Recital Hall

Master of Social Work Program: MSW Program Brunch of Celebration and Blessing

Saturday, May 9, 10:15 a.m.

Plantation Party House, 1875 N. Union Street
Tickets will be available for purchase in early April, online at Masters Social Work Brunch
or in Carpenter Hall 304.
Call Kelly King at 585.594.6692
for more information.

Masters Programs in School Psychology & School Counseling:
Hooding Ceremony and Luncheon
For School Psychology & School Counseling student graduates and their families.

Saturday, May 9, 11:15 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

Pearce Memorial Church Sanctuary & Family Life Center
Tickets for student graduates are complimentary.  Purchase tickets for guests by
April 22, 1:00 p.m., online at Masters Psychology Luncheon
Please contact Kathryn Kvasnica at 585.594.6680 or with questions.

Masters Programs in Nursing: Commencement Brunch and Hooding Ceremony
M.S. in Nursing Education – Group 13
M.S. in Nursing Leadership and Administration – Group 15

Saturday, May 9, 11:15 a.m.

Shewan Recital Hall, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center
Reservations for student graduates are complimentary; 
Reservations are limited to 5 guests per graduate:
ages 11-adult, $14 each; children ages 3-10, $7 each;
age 2 and under, free.
For Reservations, contact Christine Lee, Graduate Program Coordinator, by Friday, May 1, at 4:00 p.m.,
at 585.594.6668 or
Communication, History, Language & Literature, and Religion & Philosophy: Humanities Commencement Reception
For Humanities Departments student graduates and their families

Saturday, May 9, immediately following Commencement Ceremony

Ellen Stowe Dining Room in Garlock Dining Commons

Contact Megan at 585.594.6972 or for more information

Teacher Education - Majors in Childhood, Early Childhood, & Physical Education; Pathway to Teaching Program; and Master of Education Program:
Graduation Reception
For above T.E. Department student graduates and their guests

Saturday, May 9, immediately following Commencement Ceremony
Hastings Center for Academics, Room 240
No cost
Formal invitations will be mailed to
student graduates by mid-April

Contact Sheila Foote at 
or 585.594.6448 for more information
Visual Arts:
Post Commencement Reception
For Art Department student graduates and their families

Saturday, May 9, immediately following Commencement Ceremony
Davison Art Gallery, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

Call Kathy at 585.594.6120 for more information


On Campus Attractions - Hours of Operation:

B. Thomas Golisano Library
Open for visitors 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 8
Open for visitors 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9

Library Café

Open for business 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9

RWC Bookstore
Open for business 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9
Upper level, Voller Athletic Center

Davison Art Gallery

Open for visitors until 9:00 p.m., Friday, May 8
Open for visitors 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9
Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center