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Commencement 2023

students at commencement

Department Overview

Friday, May 19

10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Senior Brunch 
(for graduating class only)
405 Elm Avenue
Reception hosted by Vice President for Student Affairs.

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

7:30 p.m. Some Academic Department Receptions
Various locations (consult your department)
Gatherings 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 a student chosen by the senior class. 

Saturday, May 20

10 a.m. 1 p.m. Baccalaureate Brunch 
(open to all seniors and guests)
Dining Center
Complimentary buffet meal. 

1:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa
(Students learn of their selection on the evening of Thursday, May 18)
Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
Initiation of new members of Phi Beta Kappa.  All are welcome. 

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

3 p.m. Baccalaureate 
(no tickets required; all are welcome)
Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
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.

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

Sunday, May 21: Commencement Day

9:30 a.m. Senior Breakfast 
Dining Center
Complimentary breakfast open to all seniors and guests.

1 p.m. Information Tent 
Location TBD

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. Commencement locations open for seating
(no tickets are required)
Location TBD;  additional seating in Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and  Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall
Please note that seats fill quickly.  Luggage is prohibited.  Only service animals are permitted.
LPAC and the Scheuer Room, a family-friendly location, offer excellent alternatives in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather or excessive heat, or to better accommodate guests with special needs.  We strongly encourage the use of these air-conditioned venues.  Simultaneous telecasts are in high definition.  

9:45 a.m. Commencement Procession Forms
Seniors wear caps and gowns

10 a.m. Commencement Celebration 
(no tickets are required)
Location TBD;  additional seating in Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and  Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall
The Commencement Celebration will be held, rain or shine.  Bring rain gear in case of inclement weather. Sunscreen is recommended. In the case of severe weather (e.g. lightning or strong wind gusts), we may decide to delay the ceremony.  Please note that seats fill quickly.  Luggage is prohibited.  Only service animals are permitted.  Seating and parking may be prearranged for people with special needs; please contact ssmythe1@swarthmore.edu for details. 

LPAC and the Scheuer Room, a family-friendly location, offer excellent alternatives in the case of overcrowding, inclement weather or excessive heat, or to better accommodate guests with special needs.  We strongly encourage the use of these air-conditioned venues.  Simultaneous telecasts are in high definition.  

Commencement Reception
Parrish Beach
Following Commencement, all are welcome to enjoy light refreshments.


Monday, May 22

9 a.m. Residence halls close