Pomona College's 2019 commencement ceremony

The ongoing public health emergency for the coronavirus (COVID-19) requires us to postpone Pomona College's Commencement exercises, one of our most important and beloved community celebrations, originally scheduled for ‪May 17, 2020.

In recognition of the deep significance of this ritual for our community, the College has determined to move forward with plans to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony on Marston Quad once large gatherings are permitted. We will update the community with a date at least three months in advance. Degrees for graduating seniors were conferred as of ‪May 21, 2020.

We will post additional information about the 2020 Commencement exercises as it becomes available. For updates, bookmark this page.

Caps and Gowns

May Graduates placed their cap and gown orders at Senior Salute in February. No additional action is necessary for these students to receive their orders. September, December and May Graduates who were unable to attend the Senior Salute may order caps and gowns by emailing Brenda Schmit.

Caps and gowns are provided at no cost, and will be distributed to graduating seniors before the Commencement exercises. Students must return their caps and gowns on Stover Walk immediately after the Commencement ceremony.

On-Screen Viewing & Live Streaming

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 www.pomona.edu/commencement for those unable to attend.

Special Needs

Guests attending the ceremony in wheelchairs or requiring a Sign Language interpreter should contact the President’s Office. Headsets for guests who would like hearing assistance will be available for checkout from the Information Booth on Marston Quad before the ceremony. 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


To hear a simultaneous interpretation of the Commencement ceremony in Mandarin or Spanish, please check out a complimentary headset at the Information Booth on Marston Quad.

Optional Items for Purchase

Commencement Announcements: Some families choose to send commencement announcements to families and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony. If you would like to purchase announcements for your student, you may do so at www.jostens.com.

Diploma Frames: Special frames for your student’s Pomona College diploma are available for sale at the Coop Store. Order yours by calling (909) 607-2264 or visiting www.framingsuccess.com.

Senior Portraits: Special photography packages are available from Sonja Stump Photography in the Claremont Village. View the pricing guide [pdf] or contact the photographer for more package options.

Ceremony Photographs: 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.

More questions? Please contact Stephanie Navarro in the President’s Office at (909) 621-8699.