The 2017 Commencement Weekend will take place from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, 2017. 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. 

Celebrate 2016 Commencement with students in this short video

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

Other highlights of the three-day weekend include the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony on Friday, May 12, and Class Day on Saturday, May 13. 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 celebration 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 via email. For updates, bookmark this page.

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

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.

Translation

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

2017 Commencement Schedule

Academic departments also hold special events for students and their families. The 2017 academic department and other special events will be posted in April.

Friday, May 12, 2017
3:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service of The Claremont Colleges (Garrison Theatre, Scripps)
5 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction: Students who will be installed are notified just prior to spring break (Lyman Hall)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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)
8 p.m. Concert, Pomona College Glee Club (Bridges Hall of Music)
9 p.m. Senior Art Exhibition (Studio Art Hall)
9 - 10:15 p.m. Refreshments (Carolyn Lyon Garden)
Sunday, May 14, 2017
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.

*Class Day dinner tickets  can be ordered in the Spring. For questions, please contact Christopher Waugh, dean of campus life, at chris.waugh@pomona.edu.

Preparing for Commencement - 2017

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 calling (909) 621-8984.

Caps and Gowns

Cap and Gown Distribution take place in May (Date TBD). Cap and Gown Return will be on Stover Walk immediately following Commencement.

Class Day

"Class Day" is a Pomona College tradition, held on Saturday, May 13, the day before Commencement. Class Day begins with academic receptions in the morning and culminates in senior academic and leadership awards and a celebratory dinner for seniors and their guests on Merritt Field. Every graduating student is eligible for up to three free dinner tickets. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased for $10 each. All tickets — free and purchased — must be reserved online. Class Day dinner tickets will be distributed to graduates with their caps and gowns. Everyone attending the dinner must be ticketed, regardless of age.

Optional Items for Purchase

Flowers: Sherwood Florist, a local Claremont establishment, is providing a special assortment of leis and bouquets at a discount for Pomona College families who pre-order for Commencement. Flowers ordered in advance can be picked up on campus on Sunday, May 14, before the Commencement ceremony. Please note that flowers will not be available for sale on campus – only pick-ups of pre-orders.

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 DVDs: DVDs of the Commencement ceremony are available for purchase. DVD order forms will be mailed out with Senior Salute packets, but you may also order DVDs online. The DVDs will be mailed in late July.

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) 621-8131.