An update from the Wheaton campus

Dear Wheaton Community,

Wheaton’s 188th Commencement is now part of the college’s rich history, and the Class of 2023 has joined the storied ranks of our alums—opening the door for the incoming Class of 2027 and new transfer students. If your students were among our graduates, congratulations! We share your pride in their accomplishments, and we look forward to many opportunities to cheer their future successes.

I would like to take a moment to welcome the parents and families of all new Wheaton students. You are joining a close-knit community that values your engagement and perspective.

This fall will mark the fourth consecutive year of growth in our enrollment. Wheaton is growing because we are investing in innovation and infrastructure. The newly renovated Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center Dedicated to Free Speech and Innovation improved and expanded space for vital programs, including academic advising, career planning, and nursing. In addition to completing construction on a new strength and conditioning center in Haas Athletic Center, dedicating a refurbished and newly furnished Shirley Commons in the Balfour-Hood Student Center, and adding gift-supported furnishings in the Chapel Base, the college has allocated about $3.5 million this year to renovations and upgrades in residential halls, recreational facilities, and outdoor spaces.

We are continuing to grow our academic programs, with new majors in nursing, criminal justice, and interdisciplinary design, with marketing, and digital media and communication on the way. We are growing our varsity sports programs, adding men’s & women’s water polo teams this fall, and men’s & women’s fencing next year.

The Wheaton community is supportive, collaborative, and diverse, and we welcome all voices. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are foundational to our values, and we strive to ensure that all students feel they belong at Wheaton as they explore the liberal arts and practice-based learning.

We are already planning for and looking forward to the fall semester!

Michaele Whelan