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Commencement 2024

Sun, June 2nd, 2024
9:30 am
- 12:30 pm

Sunday
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. The Commencement Speaker is  Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

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 the Lansing Chapman Ice Rink. Admission will be limited to ceremony participants and ticketed guests. The ceremony will be live-streamed into the MainStage at the ’62 Center, no tickets required.. 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.

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