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2016 Commencement: Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15

The 2016 Commencement Weekend will take place from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, 2016. Commencement Weekend begins on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. with the Baccalaureate Services of the Claremont Colleges, culminating with the Commencement Ceremony and Reception on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. 

No tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony, and it will be streamed live on the Pomona College website.

Other highlights of the three-day weekend include the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, May 13, and Class Day on Saturday, May 14. Featured speakers accompany the presentation of academic prizes and awards at Class Day. The Class Dinner immediately follows the Class Day program and offers a festive barbeque with live music for seniors, their families, friends, faculty and staff. See below for ticket information. Everyone is invited to attend An Evening of Music and Art, featuring the Glee Club; the Senior Art Show; and refreshments in the Carolyn Lyon Garden later that evening. No tickets are required for An Evening of Music and Art

All of The Claremont Colleges have graduation on the same weekend, and accommodations for out-of-town guests are sometimes scarce. It is best to make reservations early. A list of nearby hotels can be found here. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.

If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Navarro at (909) 621-8131 or Stephanie Navarro. For updates, bookmark this page.

Preparing for Commencement - 2016

Senior Salute (Date TBD)

The Senior Salute is an event sponsored by the Senior Class President, Smith Campus Center, Josten’s, and Collegiate Cap and Gown. Seniors may take care of many Commencement details in one place and one time. Graduating seniors order caps and gowns, class rings, diploma frames, announcement and Commencement DVDs, and meet with the Alumni, Annual Giving, and Career Development staff.

September and December Graduates who are unable to attend the Senior Salute may order caps and gowns at the Coop Store, or by contacting Brenda Schmit or 909-621-8984.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gown distribution TBD. They will be collected on Stover Walk immediately after Commencement.

Commencement Announcements

Seniors may purchase announcements at the Senior Salute or

Diploma Frames 

Seniors may order diploma frames at the Senior Salute, the Coop Store (909-607-2264) or

Senior Portraits

Special photography packages are available from Sonja Stump Photography in the Claremont Village. Prices and more information [pdf]

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal is mandatory for all seniors participating in Commencement exercises. Seniors must assemble promptly at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Stover Walk. Each student will receive a line and seating assignment. Diplomas are presented according to seating assignment.

On-Screen Viewing, Live Streaming, DVDs & Photographs

A large-screen, direct audio-visual feed is available during the ceremony in air-conditioned Bridges Hall of Music. The entire ceremony will be streamed live from

DVDs of the Commencement ceremony are available for purchase. Order forms were mailed out with Senior Salute packets, but you may download the form here [pdf] . The DVDs will be mailed in late July. A photographer will be present at the ceremony to photograph seniors as they receive their diplomas. After Commencement, photograph order forms will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent address.

Special Needs

Guests attending the ceremony in wheelchairs or requiring a Sign Language interpreter should contact the President’s Office. A wheelchair accessible seating area will be available near the northeast corner of the venue for special needs guests and one attendant.

Local Wheelchair Provider
Pomona Medical Supply
733 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 623-4378

2016 Commencement Schedule

You may find specific academic department and other special events here. [pdf]

Friday, May 13, 2016
3:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service of The Claremont Colleges (location TBD)
5 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction: Students who will be installed are notified just prior to spring break (Lyman Hall)
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Departmental Receptions
3 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal: mandatory for all graduates (Stover Walk)
3:30 p.m. Class Picture and Senior Parade (Carnegie steps)
4 p.m. Class Day Ceremony: speakers, music, academic prizes and awards (Merritt Field)
*5:30 p.m. Class Dinner: For all graduates, families, faculty, and staff (Merritt Field) - See below for ticket information
8 p.m. Concert, Pomona College Glee Club (Bridges Hall of Music)
9 p.m. Senior Art Exhibition (location TBD)
9 - 10:15 p.m. Refreshments (Carolyn Lyon Garden)
Sunday, May 15, 2016
9:30 a.m. Procession assembles (Stover Walk)
10 a.m. Commencement Exercises  (Marston Quadrangle). The ceremony lasts approximately two hours, and a reception follows. No tickets are required for Commencement.

*The ticket website will be available Spring of 2016. For questions, please contact Chris Waugh, Associate Dean of Students, at

More questions? Please contact Stephanie Navarro in the President’s Office at (909) 621-8131.