Commencement 2019

commencement 2018

Friday, May 24

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

Reception hosted by James S. Terhune, Interim Dean of Students, for the graduation class only.
Location: 405 Elm Avenue

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
Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater

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 25

10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Baccalaureate Brunch
Buffet Brunch: Complimentary buffet meal open to all seniors and guests.

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 23.

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

3 p.m. Baccalaureate

Location: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater; no tickets required.
Severe rain weather location: Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
In case of rain, due to limited space, each senior will have tickets for two guests. 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.

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 26 - Commencement Day

8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Senior Breakfast
Buffet Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast meal open to all seniors and guests.

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. Scott Outdoor Amphitheater, Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center, and Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall open

Tickets are required for the amphitheater and LPAC; each graduate is provided four tickets for the amphitheater and two tickets for LPAC.  No tickets are required for family-friendly location, Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall. Please note that seats fill quickly.  Strollers, luggage, or balloons are prohibited. Service animals only. Simultaneous translations in Spanish and Mandarin will be available at the amphitheater.

Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC), and Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall 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.

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); 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.

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

1 p.m. Commencement Reception
Light refreshments.
Primary Location: Parrish Beach
Rain location: Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall


Monday, May 27

8 a.m. Residence halls close