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Commencement 2019

commencement 2018

Department Overview

Friday, May 24

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

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

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

Scott Outdoor Amphitheater; severe weather location: Lamb-Miller Field House

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

8 p.m. Last Collection with Candle-Lighting Ceremony
Scott Outdoor Amphitheater​​​​
This tradition includes a talk by a faculty member and student chosen by the senior class. Families and friends are welcome to attend.


Saturday, May 25

10 a.m.–1 p.m. Baccalaureate Brunch
Sharples Dining Hall
Complimentary buffet meal open to all seniors and guests.

1:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa
Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
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
Rain Location: Lang Music Building
Wearing caps and gowns, seniors line up in front of Parrish.

3 p.m. Baccalaureate
Scott Outdoor Amphitheater; no tickets required; severe rain weather location: Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
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.

Notes: 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.

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

9:15 p.m. Fireworks
Parrish Beach


Sunday, May 26: Commencement Day

8–9:30 a.m. Senior Breakfast
Sharples Dining Hall
Complimentary buffet open to all seniors and guests.

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

8:30 a.m. Scott Outdoor Amphitheater, Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC), and Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall open
Tickets are required for the amphitheater and LPAC; each graduate is provided with four tickets for the amphitheater and two tickets for LPAC. No tickets are required for the family-friendly location, Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall. Please note that seats fill quickly. Strollers, luggage, and balloons are prohibited. Service animals only. Simultaneous translations in Spanish and Mandarin will be available at the amphitheater.

Note: LPAC and the Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall offer excellent alternatives to seating in the amphitheater in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather, or excessive heat, or to better accommodate guests 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
Line up in pairs in front of Parrish
Seniors wear caps and gowns.

10 a.m. Commencement Exercises
Scott Outdoor Amphitheater (tickets required); additional seating: LPAC (tickets required) and the Scheuer Room (no 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 prearranged for people with special needs. Tickets are required.

Note: LPAC and the Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall offer excellent alternatives to seating in the amphitheater in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather, or excessive heat, or to better accommodate guests with special needs. We strongly encourage the use of this air-conditioned venue with convenient bathrooms. The simultaneous telecast is in high definition.

1 p.m. Commencement Reception
Parrish Beach; severe weather location: Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall
Light refreshments.


Monday, May 27

8 a.m. Residence halls close