Full Schedule of Events

Below events are from Commencement 2024.

Commencement Weekend consists of a number of events to recognize the accomplishments of our graduating class. Starting Friday, May 10, graduates and their families and guests can join in celebration with faculty and staff in a range of activities, culminating in the Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 12.

Friday, May 10, 2024

3:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Service of The Claremont Colleges

Scripps College, Balch Auditorium

This interfaith program is hosted by the The Chaplains Office for graduates of both the undergraduate and graduate schools of The Claremont Colleges.

5 p.m., Phi Beta Kappa Induction

Location TBD - Inductees will receive information via email from Phi Beta Kappa

The Pomona College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, established in 1914, was the third (or, "Gamma") chapter established in California. Seniors and juniors "who are of good moral character, and who are distinguished for breadth of culture and excellence of scholarship" may be elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Students who will be installed into chapter are notified just prior to spring break.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Departmental Receptions

Join our Pomona College department receptions in celebration of our graduates' achievements. Exact times and locations vary, so please see our department receptions schedule page for more details.

4 - 7 p.m., Food Trucks Available at Locations Across Campus

Class Day Dinner tickets can be used for meals at any of these locations.

Merritt Field (entrance off 6th street)

  • Yummy Bird
  • NY Pizza House
  • Sr. Fish

Walker/Clark (entrance off College Way/6th street)

  • Beachy’s
  • Pickles and Peas
  • Belly Bombs

Lyon Court/Softball Field (entrance off College Avenue /2nd Street)

  • Pasta Sevatica
  • Aloha Fridays
  • Mac and Cheese Rebel

8 - 10 p.m., Evening of Music & Art

8-9 p.m., Glee Club Concert, Bridges Hall of Music

8-10 p.m., Senior Art Exhibition, Studio Art Hall, Chan Gallery

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1 p.m., Graduating Seniors Load Buses at Pomona’s Campus

Graduates will receive a notification on where to load the buses by noon on Sunday from commencement@pomona.edu. Taking the bus to the Shrine Auditorium is encouraged for graduates.

3:30 p.m., Rehearsal for Graduating Seniors at Shrine Auditorium

Students are encouraged to travel in Pomona’s buses to attend mandatory rehearsal.

4:30 p.m., Shrine Auditorium Opens Doors

Families of graduates can access the Shrine Auditorium.

6 p.m., Commencement Ceremony Begins

The 2024 Commencement ceremony will feature four distinguished speakers: former chief justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye, economist and nonprofit leader Cecilia Conrad, Occidental College President Harry Elam and medical geneticist Emil Kakkis ’82. In addition to addressing graduating students, the speakers will be conferred honorary degrees by the College.