Schedule

Commencement 2017

Rehearsal & Last Collection | Baccalaureate & Fireworks | Commencement Day

Friday, May 25

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Senior Brunch 
(for graduating class only)

Location: Sharples Patio
Rain location: Sharples Dining Hall

2 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal 
(required for seniors)

Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
Severe weather location: Lamb-Miller Field House

4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Some Academic Department Receptions
For seniors and their families.
Various locations: consult with your department.

8 p.m. Last Collection with Candle Lighting Ceremony
Faculty Speaker: Sa'ed Atshan '06, Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies
Student Speaker: Shruti Pal '18
Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
Severe Weather Location: Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

What to expect: Last Collection features a talk by a faculty and student chosen by the senior class and a final candle lighting ceremony. It is mostly focused on the class but families and friends are welcome to attend.


Saturday, May 26

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Baccalaureate Breakfast
Buffet Breakfast:  Guest are $6.00; children 4 years of age and under are free.
Location: Sharples Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa
Location: Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

What to expect: Initiation of new members of Phi Beta Kappa. All are welcome.
Students learn of their selection on Thursday evening, May 24.

2:45 p.m. Baccalaureate procession forms
Wearing caps and gowns, seniors line up in front of Parrish.
 

3 p.m. Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate Introduction: Elizabeth Vallen, Professor of Biology

Baccalaureate Speaker: Rachel Merz, Walter Kemp Emerita Professor in the Natural Sciences, Professor Emerita of Biology

Baccalaureate Reader: Jaky Joseph '06

Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater; no tickets required.
Severe Weather Location: Lamb-Miller Field House  

Simultaneous translation in at least two languages available. No strollers. Service animals only.

What to expect: Baccalaureate is intended to touch upon the moral and spiritual roots of the educational process and encourage commitment to a more just world. The ceremony includes a speaker, several moments of silence in observance of our Quaker tradition, and an inspirational reading.  Baccalaureate is open to everyone.

Musical performances by members of the Swarthmore College Chorus directed by Joe Gregorio.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Baccalaureate Dinner
Buffet Dinner: Guest are $16.00; children 4 years of age and under are $8.00.
Location: Lower Parrish Beach (outside of Sharples Dining Hall)
Rain Location: Sharples Dining Hall

4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Some Academic Department Receptions
For seniors and their families.
Various locations: consult with your department.

9:15 p.m. Fireworks
Location: Parrish Beach (the lawn in front of Parrish)


Sunday, May 27 - Commencement Day

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Information Tent
Location: Outside of Clothier Hall

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Senior Breakfast
Buffet Breakfast:  Guest are $6.00; children 4 years of age and under are free.
Location: Sharples Dining Hall

8:15 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Rose Selection
Location: Dean Bond Rose Garden
A Swarthmore tradition. Arboretum staff assist seniors in selecting roses to wear on their gowns.

8:30 a.m. Seating Begins
Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater, Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC), and Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room are open

Tickets are required for the amphitheater; each graduate is provided four tickets. No tickets are required for LPAC or family-friendly Scheuer Room. Seats fill quickly. No strollers, luggage, or balloons. Service animals only. Simultaneous translations in Spanish and Mandarin available.

These spaces offer an excellent alternative to seating in the amphitheater in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather, excessive heat, for people with special needs. We strongly encourage the use of this air conditioned venue. The simultaneous telecast is in high definition.

9:45 a.m. - Commencement procession forms
Seniors wear caps and gowns.
Location: Line up in pairs in front of Parrish.

10:00 a.m. - Commencement Exercises
Primary Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater; tickets required.
Severe Weather Location: Lamb-Miller Field House   

Student commencement speaker: Tiffany Yu '18

Commencement Reader: Bennett Lorber '64

Commencement is held in the amphitheater rain or shine. Bring rain gear in case of inclement weather. Sunscreen is recommended. Seating and parking may be pre-arranged for people with special needs. Tickets are required.

Additional seating:
Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC); no tickets required.
A simultaneous high definition telecast of Commencement will be shown in the Lang Performing Arts Center, where additional seating is available and bathrooms are accessible. The Lang Performing Arts Center offers an excellent alternative to seating in the amphitheater in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather, excessive heat, for people with special needs. We strongly encourage the use of this air conditioned venue.

Kohlberg Hall Scheuer Room; no tickets required.
A simultaneous high definition telecast of Commencement will be shown in this family friendly, air-conditioned space.

Off-campus:

Viewers who are off-campus can watch a livestream of the ceremony at swarthmore.edu/commencement.

Honorary Degree Recipients: 

1 p.m. Cookie Reception
Light refreshments.
Primary Location: Parrish Beach
Severe Weather Location: Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall


Monday, May 28

8 a.m. Residence halls close