Commencement 2017 Announcement

January 23, 2017

Over the last several months Student Life, Campus Services, and the Office of the President have devoted substantial time to reviewing the Commencement Day experience. This has involved evaluating previous ceremonies, collecting feedback from various student constituents, and visiting potential venues that could be a fit with Wheelock's needs.

When researching venues, we kept three things in mind:

  1. Is the venue available on Friday, May 19, 2017?
  2. Is the venue large enough to accommodate unlimited guests or, at least, provide more tickets for guests than the usual allotment from previous venues?
  3. Does the venue have the potential to consolidate our two separate commencements into one ceremony?

After taking Wheelock community member's perspectives and the above mentioned criteria into consideration, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Temple Ohabei Shalom to host the 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19 starting at 10:00am. We will be conferring both the undergraduate and graduate degrees at this ceremony.

Grad taking a selfieTemple Ohabei Shalom, founded as the first synagogue in Massachusetts, is a progressive Reform Jewish community located at 1187 Beacon Street in Brookline (three blocks from our Hawes Campus). Their mission—to create a diverse mosaic of interfaith families of many ethnicities and nationalities without regard to sexual orientation—closely aligns with our own. Temple Ohabei Shalom has graciously allowed Wheelock access to a majority of their facilities on Commencement Day. This includes not only a two-level Sanctuary where the actual ceremony will take place but also an in-house function room called Penn-Spero in which other select guests can enjoy the ceremony on simulcast.

Based on the capacity of these spaces, we are confident that all undergraduate and graduate participants can receive 6 tickets for their guests (4 for Sanctuary, 2 for simulcast room).

In the upcoming weeks, eligible seniors and Master's students will receive important information about next steps, deadlines, forms, and Commencement logistics. Please pay attention to any emails from and!

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