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Information for Graduates

Commencement 2019


For information about the Graduation Policies from the Registrar, please visit

Cap & Gown

Order Commencement regalia -- caps and gowns -- in the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28, 2019. The graduating senior must come to the Store in person and show their College ID.

Students who wish to purchase class rings can make their selection and have their size determined.  Diploma Frames will also be available.

Seniors may pick up their regalia in the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Wednesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 25, 2019.

The graduating senior must come to the Store in person and show their College ID.  Regalia may not be picked up by friends or family.

Procession Rule

Swarthmore tradition and policy holds that in order to participate in Commencement exercises -- including robing, processing, and crossing the stage -- a senior must be completely finished with degree requirements and be approved by vote of the faculty, and graduate in the given year.

Swarthmore does not permit seniors to process at Commencement without being completely finished with degree requirements, nor are seniors allowed process without actually graduating if they defer their graduation year. For more information, see the Registrar.

Verify Commencement program listing and diploma information

Between April 1 and May 1, visit the bulletin board outside the Registrar's Office to verify the correct listing of your name, major(s) and minor(s) for your diploma.


Your name will be appear in the Commencement program as well as on your diploma. The Commencement program name is the name called as you cross the stage. This should be the fullest version of the name you go by, that is, including any middle names and any name suffixes you have. The Commencement program is not a legal document, so this does not have to be your legal name. Processing, seating during commencement and crossing the stage, is alphabetical by last name.

For your diploma, you may also use the full name you go by, or, if you plan to use the diploma as an international document for working abroad or otherwise as a legal document, you should use your legal name.


If your name has accent marks, we can try to put them in the Commencement program and on the diploma. Please visit the Registrar's Office and give the registrar your name with hand-drawn accent markings.


The Commencement Program lists the Bachelor of Arts candidates, the Bachelor of Science candidates, honors by recipients, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Fellowships and Prizes and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.

If you do not want to be included in the Commencement program, you must notify the registrar in writing before May 6.


Seniors receive their actual diplomas at Commencement as they cross the stage. Please handle it with care. On the other hand, if you ever need a replacement, please contact the registrar's office. Replacements are available.


Attendance at commencement is encouraged but not required. Once approved for graduation, you will be graduated at commencement. If you cannot attend, your diploma will be mailed to you the week after commencement.


Please confirm your majors and minors on the list on the bulletin board outside of Parrish. Any change of major or minor needs departmental approval. If you have two course majors and want to change the order they appear, please send the registrar an email asking for this -- no further approval is required.

Diplomas list name, level of honors earned, major(s) and minor(s). The commencement program lists your major(s) next to your name, but minors do not appear in the commencement program.