| A new color will stand out against the traditional black and red regalia decorating Wesleyan Universitys graduating class during its 176th commencement ceremony in May: Green.
As a symbol of the universitys dedication to producing Reunion & Commencement Weekend with an eye toward increased sustainability, graduating seniors, graduate students, faculty and staff members and attending guests will have the opportunity to don green ribbons indicating their agreement to the Wesleyan Community Climate Commitment.
The Climate Commitment was created as a result of Wesleyan President Michael Roth signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in November 2007. The document commits Wesleyan to reduce its environmental impact with the ultimate goal of climate neutrality.
By wearing the green ribbons, we can personally support an environmentally conscientious and sustainable lifestyle during the commencement ceremony, says Deana Hutson, director of events. Its a simple way to say I care about global climate change.
In addition to this emblematic gesture, the university will implement a number of environmental initiatives throughout the four-day weekend, which brings an estimated 7,000 visitors to campus each year. These initiatives will include:
Continuous updates regarding Reunion & Commencement Weekend greening initiatives will be online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/rc.
More information on the Wesleyan Community Climate Commitment is online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/pledgetext.html.