Since the 1870s, graduating seniors have shown their appreciation for their education by presenting a senior class gift to the College. Recent senior classes have awarded class T-shirts to those who contribute. Usually, most seniors support their gift because they know it will have a lasting impact on future generations of Wheaton students. When they celebrate reunions, many classes continue the tradition of giving back by creating class gifts. Class gifts support the Wheaton Fund and many other campus programs, scholarships, and building projects.
Most recently, the Class of 2012 chose to support the Wheaton Fund and an international student scholarship fund as their class gift. A record 81% of the class participated in this effort. The scholarship fund will help provide financial assistance to international students who might otherwise be unable to attend Wheaton College without it. In addition, the 2012 senior class gift will continue to help current and future Wheaton College students through the Wheaton Fund.