Graduation Policies from Registrar
Commencement 2018 is on Sunday May 27, 2018
Various commencement celebrations start on Friday May 25
All financial obligations must be met by noon May 14
All academic requirements (except honors orals) must be fulfilled by May 17
Swarthmore policy holds that in order to participate in Commencement exercises -- including robing, marching, and crossing the stage -- a senior must be completely finished with degree requirements, be voted by the faculty, and graduate in the given year.
Swarthmore does not permit seniors to walk without being completely finished with degree requirements, nor are seniors allowed walk without actually graduating if they defer their graduation year.
Your Name at Commencement
Your name will be printed in the Commencement program, and this name is also 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. Marching, seating during commencement and crossing the stage, is alphabetical by last name.
If your name has accent marks, we can try to put them in the Commencement program. Please visit the Registrar's Office and give the registrar your name with hand-drawn accent markings.
Your commencement program name might appear more than once. The Commencement Program lists the Bachelor of Arts candidates, the Bachelor of Science candidates, honors recipients by last name (not level of honors earned), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Phi, fellowships and prizes, and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.
If you do not want your name to be included in the Commencement program, you must notify the registrar in writing before May 18.
Your diploma name is the name that will be printed on your Swarthmore College diploma.
For your diploma, you may 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 may want to use the legal name construction of your name.
If your name has accent marks we can try to put them on the diploma. Please visit the Registrar's Office and give the registrar your name with hand-drawn accent markings.
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.
Check or Update your Name
Please come to the registrar's office bulletin board outside the office in Parrish Hall to check your name, major(s) and minor(s). If what is listed is not correct, please email Martin Warner.
If your name has accent marks, we can try to put them in the Commencement program -- please visit the Registrar's Office and give the registrar your name with hand-drawn accent markings.
Majors and Minors
Please confirm your majors and minors.
Any change of major or minor needs departmental approval. If you have any question about how to change what is in the computer, please ask the registrar’s office.
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.
Order of majors
If you have two course majors and want to change the order they appear on file, please send the registrar an email asking for this -- no further approval is required.
If you are in honors, the honors major always comes first.
Other Graduation Policies
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.
If you are a senior not graduating this year, see:
If you expect to finish degree requirements in December of 2018: