Sun, June 4th, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9:30 a.m., Commencement Procession to the Library Quad
10:00 a.m., Commencement Exercises on the Library Quad
12:00 p.m., President’s Reception Lunch on Chapin Lawn
Commencement begins with a formal academic procession. Three members of the Senior Class give brief speeches and honorary degrees are awarded. The College President awards a diploma to each senior.
No tickets are necessary for outdoor Commencement on the Williams Quad. Because the outdoor seating faces east, guests will find hats, sunglasses, and a water bottle useful on a sunny morning. Every effort will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors, even with a possibility of light rain. Guests should bring rain gear if the weather forecast includes rain. You will be able to view a livestream of Commencement as well. Chapin Hall, adjacent to the Williams Quad, is air conditioned and will be open for simulcast if you prefer to view the ceremony indoors. No tickets required.
The President will honor degree recipients at a lunch reception on Sunday, immediately following Commencement. Graduates and their guests are cordially invited to attend. Formal invitations will not be issued.
Rain Plan: In the event of extreme or dangerous weather, we will move the Commencement ceremony to Chapin Hall. Admission will be limited to ceremony participants (seniors, masters students, stage party, and faculty). The ceremony will be live-streamed into multiple campus venues and will be available for viewing off campus as well. The signal for an indoor Commencement is a slow, steady tolling of the Chapel bells at 8:30 a.m. Seniors will also receive and email from the College Marshal and an alert will go out to families.