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Livestreams, Graduate Video Clips, and Photos

Archived livestreams of the Commencement Ceremony, Baccalaureate, and Multicultural Stole Ceremony can be found below, along with a photo gallery of Commencement Weekend. In addition, individual videos of each graduate receiving their diploma are available to view and download at this link. A photographer capturing images of graduates will be in touch via the mail in early June with opportunities to purchase prints.

Commencement Photo Gallery

Class of 2023 Commencement Weekend

Commencement Ceremony

Multicultural Stole Ceremony

Stole Ceremony Program (PDF)

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

National Teacher of the Year and alumnus Kurt Russell ’94National Teacher of the Year and alumnus Kurt Russell ’94 will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at The College of Wooster Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2023.

A 25-year veteran of the classroom, Russell teaches history and is head coach of varsity boys’ basketball at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio, where he was born and raised. He also serves as faculty advisor for the student-led Black Student Union, whose work has led to positive impacts for students across racial groups. Kurt was first inspired to become a teacher in middle school when he encountered his first Black male teacher. In a time when many are trying to quiet diverse voices and gloss over atrocities of the past, Mr. Russell is standing up for independence of thought and exemplifying social and intellectual responsibility. His classes include African American history, which he has taught since the late 1990s, and Race, Gender and Oppression, a class he developed.

As the 2022 National Teacher of the Year, he advocates for classrooms to better reflect the students within them—from a curriculum that reflects their backgrounds and identities to a more diverse teaching profession.

Kurt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history and a minor in Black studies from Wooster and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University. He continues to take courses in child development at Oakland City University.

Senior Class Speakers

Ethan Dasilva '13
Zoe Seymore '23
Britta Treu '23

Invocation & Benediction Speakers

Rev. Joy E. Bronson head shot
Diane Holt Frankle '75 head shot

Class of 2023 Commencement Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 29, 2023
2-4 p.m.Lavender Graduation & ReceptionFreedlander Theatre
Thursday, May 11, 2023
11 -11:30 a.m.Tree Planting CeremonyOak Grove
4-5:30 p.m.Commencement Rehearsal and Split Party

Learn all about your big day, followed by a champagne toast. Afterwards, enjoy ice cream sundaes, music, and a fun raffle! Seniors receive their class gift. This event is for graduating seniors only.
Gault Recreation Center, Scot Center
8-9:30 p.m.Commencement Concert featuring Wooster ChorusMcGaw Chapel
Friday, May 12, 2023
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Senior Awards RecognitionMcGaw Chapel
2-3 p.m.Senior Music HourGault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center
4-5 p.m.Baccalaureate (Livestream)

NOTE: In a change of tradition, Baccalaureate will not include a formal procession and no regalia will be required. Seniors, faculty and staff are encouraged to sit with their families and friends.
McGaw Chapel
5:30-7 p.m.POSSE Celebration GraduationWilson Governance Room, Scot Center
8-10 p.m.Commencement Celebration for Seniors and Families, Faculty and Staff

This event is for seniors and their families as well as faculty and staff of the College. Featuring Pizza, Beer and Wine, DJ, and more (vegan/vegetarian options). Each guest 21 years and older will receive two drink tickets.
Tent, Lowry Center Back Patio
Saturday, May 13
9-9:30 a.m.Phi Beta Kappa Initiation and ReceptionGault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center
10-11:30 a.m.Multicultural Stole Ceremony (Livestream)McGaw Chapel
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.President's All-Campus PicnicLowry Center
12:15 p.m.All graduating seniors are required to line up in Timken Gymnasium inside Scot Center NO LATER than 12:15 p.m., to process from the back of Gault Recreation Center. Faculty who are processing should gather inside the Auxiliary Gym alongside Timken Gym at 12:15 p.m.Timken Gymnasium, Scot Center
1-3:30 p.m.Commencement Ceremony (Livestream)Gault Recreation Center, Scot Center
Sunday, May 14
10 a.m.Residential Spaces will close for all graduating students on Sunday May 14th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are guest tickets required for admission to any of the events during Commencement Weekend?

Class of 2023 graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish because tickets are NOT required for any event during Commencement Weekend, including Baccalaureate, Commencement, and the All-Campus Picnic on Saturday (i.e., Celebration for Seniors and Families on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday).

How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?

Commencement for a full graduating class typically lasts approximately 2.5-3 hours; therefore, the Class of 2023 ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and should conclude at approximately 3:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Where do I get a gown for graduating seniors?

Gowns were distributed at the beginning of the academic year to members of the Class of 2023 and were worn by seniors at Convocation in August; these same gowns are to be worn by graduating seniors at Commencement. If the original gown has been lost or destroyed, seniors will be required to purchase a replacement gown by contacting Lesia Lorenzetti in the College Bookstore (; the cost for a replacement gown is $20.

The College will provide caps and tassels to all graduating seniors at no charge, and these will be distributed in early May.

Will special items be available for purchase during Commencement?

Class of 2023 t-shirts with the names of seniors on the back will be available for sale, along with flowers and teddy bears, just outside the entrance of the Scot Center on Commencement day. Items are also available for pre-order through the Wooster Bookstore website.

Will the College provide shuttles between local hotels and campus on Commencement day?

For the Class of 2023 Commencement, the College will be providing shuttle vans to and from Scot Center on Saturday, May 13. These shuttle vans will be available to and from the following area hotels and First Presbyterian Church:

  • Best Western (243 E. Liberty)
  • Comfort Suites (965 Dover Road)
  • Days Inn (789 E. Milltown Road)
  • EconoLodge (2137 Lincoln Way East)
  • Hampton Inn (4253 Burbank Road)
  • Hilton Garden Inn (959 Dover Road)*
  • Market Street Inn (356 N. Market Street)
  • Rodeway Inn (2055 Lincoln Way East)
  • St. Paul Hotel (203 South Market Street)
  • First Presbyterian Church (621 College Ave.)

Shuttles will run every half hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with a final run to campus at 12:30 p.m. Return shuttle vans to each designated location will depart from Scot Center at half-hour intervals from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Guests will be dropped off and/or picked up at Scot Center. (Please note: the shuttle vans are not available on Friday, May 12 or Sunday, May 14.)

*May be under construction

Where will parking be available to guests during Commencement Weekend?

All on-campus parking lots will be open for guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicap parking is available in the Lowry Center lot near Papp Stadium, and off Beall Avenue in the Ebert Center lot.

Will the College be providing any transportation between the parking lots for those who need assistance?
  • On Saturday, May 13, courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Ebert Art Center, Holden Hall, Galpin-Taylor, and Wagner Hall parking lots as well as Babcock Hall to transport guests to Scot Center.
  • Courtesy golf carts and drivers will also be available following Commencement until 5:30 p.m.
Is space reserved for guests in wheelchairs?

During Baccalaureate and the Commencement Concert, reserved seating will be available for guests using wheelchairs on the main floor of McGaw Chapel, and ushers will be available to direct families to the appropriate section.

On Saturday, May 13, individuals using wheelchairs can find seating in the front row or on the ends of the aisles in Gault Recreation Center inside Scot Center. Ushers will be available to assist. Elevators are available in the building.

If you have further questions about Commencement Weekend 2023, please send your question(s) to: