Information for Graduates

Congratulations on your upcoming Commencement! Please visit this page regularly for information on activities leading up to Commencement Weekend.

Please note that the May 2024 Commencement activities include graduates from Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and May 2024.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Tuesday, December 5, 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Senior Dinner
  • Friday, February 2 | Senior Salute
  • Wednesday, February 21 | Graduation Information Form due
  • Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, 1 - 4 p.m. | Cap and Gown Distribution
  • Thursday, May 2, 5 - 6:30 p.m. | Senior Reception
  • Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 10 (weekdays only), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Class Day Ticket Distribution
  • Friday, May 10, 3:30 p.m. | Baccalaureate Ceremony
  • Saturday, May 11 | Class Day
    • 2:30 p.m. | Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal
    • 3:30 p.m. | Class Photo and Senior Parade
    • 4 p.m. | Class Day Awards Ceremony & Dinner (tickets required for dinner)
  • Sunday, May 12 | Commencement Ceremony
    • 9:30 a.m. | Procession assembles (Fourth Street Pedestrian Walkway)
    • 10 a.m. | Commencement Exercises
    • 12:30 p.m. | Reception
    • 1 p.m. | Cap and gown return
  • Monday, May 13, Noon | Move-Out Deadline for Graduates

Preparing for Commencement

Graduation Information Form

The Graduation Information Form (GIF) is used to confirm graduate majors and to capture preferred diploma name, pronunciation and hometown. This form is required regardless of whether or not you plan to attend Commencement.

Graduates may access the form through the student portal and may submit their information from February 1-21. If you did not complete the GIF during the designated period, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

  • Please read the instructions (important for context), then complete the first section on your name pronunciation, major(s) and hometown.
  • Then, click submit and wait to be redirected to a second form (it may take several seconds). Please do not hit resubmit or refresh. Here you will make a recording of your name. Please say your name three times in a row, slowly and clearly. You can record your name on your computer or upload an MP3.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are provided at no cost and graduates will place their order online through March 1. Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 graduates and Spring 2024 graduating seniors may pick up their caps and gowns on April 29-30 from 1-4 p.m. in Room 217 in Smith Campus Center. Graduates who cannot pick up their caps and gowns during this distribution window should contact Brenda Schmit to make arrangements.

Graduates must return their caps and gowns on Stover Walk immediately after the Commencement ceremony on May 12.

COVID-19 Protocols

At this time, masking is strongly encouraged, but not required.

These guidelines will be updated as needed. Please check back frequently for the most current requirements.

Class Day and Commencement Activities

Class Day Dinner

"Class Day" is a Pomona College tradition, held on Saturday, May 11, the day before Commencement, for the Class of 2022. Class Day begins with academic department receptions in the morning and culminates in senior academic and leadership awards and a celebratory dinner for seniors and their guests on Marston Quad. For more information about Class Day and ticketing, visit the Class Day Information page. Each graduate is allotted three complimentary tickets for the dinner. All dinner guests, including the graduate, require tickets. Both complimentary and paid tickets must be ordered online.

Graduates may pick up their Class Day Tickets from the Bridges Auditorium Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays between Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 10. Additional tickets may be purchased directly from the box office during this time (electronic payments only, please).