Alumni and Parents Come Together to Support Students

July 20, 2016

Wesleyan is committed to enrolling a student body that is socio-economically diverse. By awarding more than $54 million this school year alone in need-based grants and scholarships to meet the full demonstrated need of every admitted student, Wesleyan makes it possible for the best qualified students to attend regardless of their family's financial circumstances.

During the THIS IS WHY campaign, Wesleyan has held eleven fundraising events around the country to raise money for financial aid, the chief goal of the campaign. Through the campaign, we have more than doubled endowment dollars earmarked for scholarship grants, while benefiting students with financial need immediately through Wesleyan Fund gifts. Financial aid is the key to creating an affordable Wesleyan education today, tomorrow, and forever. The alumni and parents who have headlined campaign fundraising events—including Senator Michael Bennet ’87, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner ’87, and acclaimed singers Randy Newman P’14 and Amanda Palmer ’98—have made a Wesleyan education their cause.

Click on the links below to see event photos, videos, news stories, and more.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Thomas Kail ’99 on Broadway
More than 1,300 members of the Wesleyan community descended on the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City when Wesleyan hosted a sold-out benefit performance of Hamilton, the Pulitzer Prize­–winning musical written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and directed by Thomas Kail ’99. 

Andrew Bancroft ’00 and Freestyle Love Supreme on campus
The Wesleyan community enjoyed a hip-hop improv ride with Freestyle Love Supreme, featuring Andrew Bancroft ’00 and fellow performers at Crowell Concert Hall during R&C Weekend in 2015.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97 on campus
Fans of the long-running hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother joined series creators and writer-producers Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97 for a conversation about their time at Wes, their careers in television and, of course, their experiences with HIMYM.

Randy Newman P’14 on campus
A benefit performance by award-winning singer/songwriter/film score composer Randy Newman P’14 in Crowell Concert Hall enthralled a sold-out audience during R&C Weekend in 2014.

Chris Wink ’83 and the Blue Man Group in Boston
The world-renowned Blue Man Group and its co-founder, Chris Wink ’83, presented a special performance for a packed audience of Wesleyans at Boston’s Charles Playhouse. 

Dar Williams ’89 on campus
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams ’89 performed for a rapt crowd during Homecoming & Family Weekend in 2013. 

Michael Pollan P’15 and Jonathan Bloom ’99 in San Francisco
An engaged audience of Bay Area alumni, parents, and friends enjoyed an evening with authors Michael Pollan P’15 (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Food Rules and Cooked) and Jonathan Bloom ’99 (American Wasteland and blogger at Wasted Food). 

Senator Michael Bennet ’87, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin '79 in Washington, D.C.
The Newseum was the site for “Talking Politics,” a conversation about national issues, including climate change, education, campaign finances, political gridlock and compromise, with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin ’79 and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet ’87. 

Amanda Palmer ’98 and Neil Gaiman on campus
Amanda Palmer ’98 performed a set of her inimitable songs and her husband, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman, read from his work, during R&C Weekend in 2013.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 in Los Angeles
Wesleyan alumni, parents and friends gathered at the Paramount Theatre for a lively conversation between Governor John Hickenlooper '74 and award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14. 

Matthew Weiner ’87 in New York
Mad Men creator/writer Matt Weiner ’87 regaled a Wesleyan crowd at the Directors Guild of America Theater, with insights into the entertainment industry, comments on connections between COL syllabi and Don Draper's reading, and the backstory of his ill-fated poetry thesis.