Commencement 2018 by the Numbers

Will Evans Jr in amphitheater

Among staff from all across campus who make commencement special is Will Evans, Jr., of grounds & horticulture, who has helped to prep the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater, where the ceremony will take place, for nearly 30 years.


Commencement weekend is here — the culmination of four years of learning and exploration for seniors, endless hours of instruction and collaboration from faculty, and every bit of a full year of planning and execution by staff from all areas of campus. It's a celebration for and by the entire College community. But before final touches are made and the regalia is adorned, let's examine Swarthmore's commencement — its 146th — by the numbers.


418: Seniors graduating

418: Number of roses given to seniors by the Scott Arboretum, in keeping with tradition

89:  Students receiving Honors

351Honors exams taken, on 132 subjects across 28 disciplines

62:  Students who were first in family to attend college

84:  Students with the most popular major, economics

134:  Students with double majors

59:  Students with special majors, including medical anthropology and fantasy writing

222:  Students with a minor

54: International students from 23 countries, as well as 30 U.S. citizens who have dual citizenship in 11 additional countries

40:  States represented by students, including Washington, D.C.

37:  Students with one or more parent who is an alum 

12:  Students with one or more grandparent or great-grandparent who is an alum

3:  Honorary degree recipients

2:  Winners of the American Parliamentary Debate Team of the Year

14:  National award winners, including seven Fulbright grantees, a Watson Fellow, a National Science Foundation Fellow, two Boren Scholars (here and here), two Newman Civic Fellows (here and here), and a Humanity in Action Fellow.

207:  Donors to the Senior Class Gift

11:  Athletes in the graduating class to reach the Elite Eight in their respective sport this past year (men’s basketball, volleyball, baseball)

310:  Procession steps between the entrances of Dean Bond Rose Garden and Scott Amphitheater

1,672:  Tickets issued

3,400:  Programs printed

3,620:  Chairs ordered, 2,225 of which are set up in the amphitheater

100:  Tables ordered 

3,500:  Cookies prepared for commencement events, including the post-ceremony reception on Parrish Beach

3:  Languages in which Commencement is broadcast  (English, Spanish, and Mandarin)

588:  Unique views of the ceremony's livestream, across 27 countries and five continents

4,718:  Likes to the College’s commencement posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


Note: Student data was compiled by the Registrar's Office and is preliminary as of Friday morning.