Take Two: A Celebration of the Classes of ’20 and ’21

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Pomona College is happy to welcome back members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 for a campus celebration on May 20-22, 2022.

The weekend schedule includes festivities for graduates starting Friday, May 20 and ending with brunch on Sunday, May 22. Families are invited to join their graduates in a day of Pomona traditions, including the special Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Please note that the ceremony takes place outdoors in a grassy area, rain or shine. Please prepare accordingly. Watch this page for more details about the weekend schedule as we work with Class leadership and academic departments to plan special activities for each Class.

The registration deadline for both graduate participants and guests has passed. We look forward to celebrating the Classes of 2020 and 2021 this month!

Questions?

If you have any questions about Take Two, please email PomonaEvents@pomona.edu.

Schedule of Events

Last updated May 12, 2022. Subject to change.

Activities for graduates begin on Friday, May 20 and conclude on Sunday, May 22. Families are welcome to join graduates at the activities noted with an asterisk (*) below on Saturday, May 21. All other activities are for graduates only.

Friday, May 20, 2022

All Friday activities are for graduates only.

11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Departmental Programming

Join our Pomona College department receptions in celebration of our graduates' achievements.

Find a complete schedule on the Take Two Department Receptions page. Please contact academic departments directly for more information, including family participation.

Noon, Take Two Event Check-in Begins

Bridges Auditorium

Welcome back to campus! All registered graduates must check in to document COVID-19 vaccination or test status and to receive their meal cards, caps and gowns, name badges, schedules and other items necessary for event attendance. Graduates who are staying on campus will also receive keys and access cards.

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Lunch in Frary Dining Hall

Grab a nostalgic meal in the dining hall!

7 - 8:30 p.m., Dinner

Reminisce with your classmates over a meal! The Class of 2021 will dine on Marston Quad and the Class of 2020 will dine in Frary Dining Hall.

9 - 11 p.m., Class Parties

Continue the evening with individual class parties on campus. Locations provided at event check-in.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Families are invited to join graduates in celebratory activities throughout the day, noted with an asterisk(*). All other listed activities are for graduates only.

8 a.m., Take Two Check-in Continues

Bridges Auditorium

Welcome back to campus! All registered graduates must check in to document COVID-19 vaccination or test status and to receive their meal cards, caps and gowns, name badges, schedules and other items necessary for event attendance. Graduates who are staying on campus will also receive keys and access cards.

8 - 10 a.m., Breakfast in Frary Dining Hall

Start your day with a meal in the dining hall.

10 a.m., Class of 2020 Photo

Join classmates on the steps of Carnegie Hall for an official class photo.

*10:30 - 11 a.m., Class of 2020 Through the Gates

Immediately following the Class of 2020 photo on the Carnegie Hall Steps, families are invited to join as Class of 2020 graduates complete this Pomona tradition of exiting campus through the Gates at 6th St. and College Ave. The class parade will end at Marston Quad.

11 a.m., Class of 2021 Photo

Join classmates on the steps of Carnegie Hall for an official class photo.

*11:30 a.m. - Noon, Class of 2021 Through the Gates

Immediately following the Class of 2021 photo on the Carnegie Hall Steps, families are invited to join as Class of 2021 graduates complete this Pomona tradition of exiting campus through the Gates at 6th St. and College Ave. The class parade will end at Marston Quad.

*Noon - 1:30 p.m., Family Luncheon

Graduates and families are invited to a special luncheon on Marston Quad to celebrate the occasion.

*3 - 5 p.m., Commencement Ceremony

This combined ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will allow students to walk across the stage to celebrate their achievements.

Graduates should assemble on the Fourth Street Pedestrian Walk at 2:30 p.m. in cap and gown to line up for the procession. Cap and gown return will take place on Stover Walk immediately following the ceremony.

6 - 7:30 p.m., Dinner in Frary Dining Hall

Grab a meal in the dining hall with fellow graduates.

9 - 11 p.m., Combined Class Party

Join members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 for an on-campus celebration. Location provided at event check-in.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

All Sunday activities are for graduates only.

8 a.m., Event Check-out Begins

Bridges Auditorium

All registered guests must return their meal cards and room keys. Information regarding additional quick check-out locations will be provided at event check-in.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Brunch in Frary Dining Hall

Enjoy a final campus meal to start your day.

For Graduates

Contact Information Update

Update your contact information online so that you don't miss out on information about this Celebration Weekend, Pomona news and announcements, and other alumni events.

Invited Participants

Take Two is a chance for graduates of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to participate in an in-person ceremony since these activities were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. This includes alumni who completed their degree requirements in the Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms. Consistent with prior years, graduates who completed their degree requirements in the Summer and Fall 2021 terms will participate in the May 13-15, 2022 Commencement activities.

Faculty Speakers

Each class nominated Pomona College faculty members to deliver the address to their class at the Take Two Commencement ceremony. The speaker for the Class of 2020 is Associate Professor of Chemistry Jane Liu and the speaker for the Class of 2021 is John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics Ken Wolf.

Financial Assistance for Travel

Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 for whom traveling to the celebration will cause financial hardship are eligible for financial assistance related to the following eligible expenses: coach airfare, bus fare, train tickets, visa applications (for international travel), auto mileage reimbursement and shuttle or rideshare service to/from travel terminals. Off-campus lodging is not eligible for reimbursement through this financial assistance process. Graduates may request financial assistance during online registration.

On-Campus Housing and Meals

All graduates are invited to stay on campus in selected South Campus residence halls, Friday and Saturday nights at no cost, and meals will be provided. Graduates may reserve on-campus housing during online registration. Guests, including family, friends and significant others, are not allowed to enter the residence halls.

Graduates who will be staying in the residence halls will be required to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative PCR test result dated within 48 hours of arrival on campus. This documentation must include the individual's name and birth date, and must be presented upon check-in along with a photo ID.

COVID-19 Protocols

Last updated on May 9, 2022.

All registered graduates will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or provide a negative PCR test result dated within 48 hours of arrival on campus. This documentation must include the individual's name and birth date, and must be presented at event check-in along with a photo ID.

At this time, family members and guests are not permitted inside campus buildings. We also ask that everyone wear masks at all times, except when eating/drinking or briefly removing them for outdoor photos. Graduates may remove their masks before crossing the stage. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.

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

Who's Coming?

The following alumni have registered to attend. This list only includes the names those who agreed to be listed on the website during the registration process. If your name is listed in error, please contact PomonaEvents@pomona.edu.

Last updated May 9, 2022

Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Will Abele Tori Campbell Agostini
Norani Abilo Chandler Aguiar
Martín Acosta Parra Marcel Alfonso Garcia
Andrew Acs Carol Ambriz
Vicky-Marie A Addo-Ashong Thomas William Anastos
anayansi alatorre romo Gabriel J Ancinas
Phoebe Jean Alpern Nicole Arce
Michael Alvis Gabriela Bacca
Zaira Apolinario Chaplin Arhan Bagati
Christofer Arbudzinski Brendan Barrow
Bradley Bain Alexander Lee Bartone
Ali Ann Barber Sarah Bashir
McKenna Barlow Araceli Becerra
Sophie Bax Pauline Bekkers
Felipe Eliasib Becerril Castillo Jack Bernstein
Anne Berhe Amy Best
Daniela Bond Sam Bither
Jacob Brawer Kate Kateryna Bolonnikova
Matthew Brown Dylan V Bresnan
Kellen Browning Tyler Carmichael
Jesisca Cai Sabrina Nobrega Carneiro
Tansy Cai Geraldine Castañeda
Jordan Carethers Caleb Caton
Andi Chaloult Immacula Celestin
Brittany Chen Ally Center
Lawrence Chen Kristine Chang
Sharon Cheng Megan Chang
Rena May Childers Wesley Sean Chang
Esteban Chinen Jacinta Yuan Sze Chen
Evan Coburn Tiffany Chen
Alexander Collado-Morales Kristine Cho
Matthew Cook Emily Christopher
Isaac Cui Lindsay Megumi Chu
Eric Sam Culhane Angelikah Chun
Gabriel da Motta Zane Chung-Mehdi
Katrina Dank Tom Clarke
Alejandra Davila Lola Mathilde Cohen
Miguel Angel Delgado-Garcia Michaela Drew Cohen
Noor Dhingra Jonathan Contreras
Thomas Foreman Dickstein Cynthia Cuellar
Hannah Dorris Linnea Dahmen
Oliver Dubon Vanessa Patrice Dalpiaz
Claire Carson Dwyer Gabriel Das
Valentina Emanuele Jervis Jasmine David
Sarah Grace Engel Nikki de Quesada
Christina Eshak Aman Desai
Edinam G Eshietedoho Bryan Diangson
Adebayo Fasipe Nicah Vhin Driza
Jorden A. Favors Rieanna Duncan
Sanami Fendt Jocelyn Durán-Martínez
Cleo Forman Helena Essex
Mya Fraley Riley Fang
Lia Francis-Bongue James Feinberg
Zachary M Freiman Sam Ferguson
Gustavo E Galo Gio Ferro
Joslyn Gardner Carter Floyd
Leisan Garifullina Lex Frazier
Elizabeth George Cary Friday
Micayla George Tessa R Fujisaki
Michael Liam Gerrard Gustavo Galo
Berto Gonzalez Tarini Gandhi
Efrain Gonzalez Bordagaray Shan Ming Gao
Laura Gonzalez Merino Daniel J Garcia
Anaïs Gonzalez Nyberg Eric Garcia
Merritt Graves Lucy Geller
Luka A Green Claire Generous
Jordan Grimaldi Raye Gleekel
Jonathan Gunasti Claire Goldman
Nicole Haney Jaime Antonio González Hernández
Jack Hanley Nicholas Robert Gordon
Nathania Kumara Hartojo Jordan Green
Simon Heinberg Zoe Haggard
Ayleen Alexandra Hernandez Caitlin Joan Halligan
Jade Hill Matthias Hapte-Selassie
Bry Hyunjin Hong Elise Heck
Zed Hopkins Danny Herrera
Crystal Huang Meg Herrington
Seena Eskandari Huang Gabrielle Herzig
Jordan Huard Calder Hollond
Nick Imparato Ben Hu
Olivia Henaayee Irwin Herve Rurangwa Iradukunda
Isabella Izquierdo Adia Ja'Nea James
Dillon Jacob Emily Jiang
Jeffery Jen Nick Jung
Miles Griffin Johnson Payal Kachru
Ali Kapadia Maris Kealoha Kamalu
Netta Hanna Kaplan Tiger Kaplan
Yannai Kashtan Bella Kearney
James W Kelbert Sam Khasnavis
Preet Khowaja Priscilla Ki
Olie Kier Elena Kim
Jane Kim Noah Kim
Kendal Kipper Jackson Kinder
Maya Simone Kleiman Jed Kronenberg
Bharathrham B Kodungudi Anabel Rose Awewonno Kubabom
Katheryn Kornegay Elise Kuechle
Ethan Kostishak Sushmith S Kulkarni
Milo Kremer Chloe Lambrinidou
Megan Kuo Toran Langford
Grete Helena Kütt Alec Lei
Sabrina Kwan Frey Thomas Lemonholm
Helen Lan Derry Li
Lem Lan Emma Mingtong Li
Sarah Landau Alex Lintner
Katherine Lauerman Edwin D Lopez Gonzalez
Shy Lavasani Harry Lu
Kyle Tyrell Knight Lee Annabelle Feiyi Lucas
Meridian Lee Gabby Lupola
Jacob Maxwell Leibowitz Kyra Madunich
Kyle Lenhart-Wees Paul Mailhot-Singer
Justin Lennox Alissa Martinez
Ryan Levy Kensi Martinez
Michelle Li Vianey Martinez
Jake Lialios Rafa Martínez-Avial
Samuel Lin Mira Bella May
Sammy Little Faith A Mbadugha
Franco Liu Rowan McGarry-Williams
Ariane Lo Tahiv McGee
Eli Loeb Devin Mercier
Samuel Michael Lushtak Cherise Michelle
Romy Augusta Macari Agnes Yi-Le Mok
Dale Alice Macauley Camille Molas
Gabe Magee Alfred A Molina
Eileen Mahler Casey Morrison
Megan Marshall Kirsten Mortimer
Nina Victoria Mayer de Paulo Shaheed Marquis Muhammad
Marcus Michel Adele Myers
Noelle Marie Mitchell Natalie Cassandra Navarro
Schuyler Alectra Mitchell Avery J. Nelson
Ben Moats Aliyah Loryal Newell
Tulika Mohan Daisy Yuan Ni
Aidan Moore Mikaela Nishida
Colin Gerard Mulligan Hyun Wook Noh
Amanda Mutai Kiel Delan Mariano Ong
Anupriya Nag Jessica Jessica Orvis
Raequan Nelson Nathan Pappalardo
Sasha Newton Haley Parsley
Nghiem Nguyen Afzal Patel
Thuan Nguyen Lexie Patterson
Emily Nishimura Maia Pauley
Rachel Oda Brandon Jordan Peevy
Corina Oroz Emily Rose Petro
Karla Gissell Ortiz Martinez Cody Pham
Liam O'Shea Ruben Mendoza Pinuelas
Levente Papp Vivianna Isabelle Plancarte
Daniel Park Katya Pollock
Scott Pease Alex Preston
Jordi Pedroza Kaitlin Robertson
Katherine Rosalie Pelz Jay Rodolitz
Bebe Phornprapha Jo Rodriguez
Gabe Piscitello Jorge Rodriguez Silva
Allie Pitchon Julia Laurel Rogers
Isaac Prestwich Pavle Rohalj
Annie Price Tashi Rosenthal
Julián Antonio Prieto Jennifer Rufino
Cristal del Carmen Quinones Gonzales Tami Sacre
Tariq Syed Razi Darrell C Sanders II
Adam Rees Aashna Saraf
Sophie Richards Carsten J Savage
Carlos Rodriguez Calderon Lianna Semonsen
diana esmeralda rodríguez lópez Nat Serrurier
Isabelle Avalon Rogers Tanya Shah
Owen D Rosebeck Noah Shapiro
Danny Rosen Michaela Denise Shelton
Alex Sahai Scott Shepetin
Rebecca Salaway Willa Shiel
Cecelia Sanborn Aden Misra Siebel
Eliot Sands Juste Marija Simanauskaite
William Sapolsky Ryan Smith
Joe T Schafer Victor Solorzano-Gringeri
Patrick Thomas Schloesser Tierra Kyshauna Starks
Isabel C Schmidt Hershey Suri
Lauren Schoen Renee Susanto
Mirenna Scott Katy Swiere
Zach Senator Renae Mariko Tamura
Devin Shang Eric Tang
Tarini Sipahimalani Marie Tano
Honzo Smilek Mui Tanprasert
David Song Adam Taslitz
Tyler St. Bernard Nick Timms
Ana Stevens Alan Tom
Chunghwa Suh Angela Tran
Huey Sun Brandon Tran
Nicole Talisay Bita Bita Tristani-Firouzi
Betel Solomon Tesfamariam Daziah Chanell Turner
Khadijah Thibodeaux Jake Turner
Amir Tipton Delanisse Valdez
Shawn Xaiver Trimble Alejandra Valencia Medina
Corinne Tsai Emma van der Veen
Bria VarnBuhler Elias van Emmerick
Emma Vorenberg Cheyenne Vance
Matthew Wagner Vienna Vance
Jawuan Walters Sagar Vasandani
Annie Wan Alejandro Vazquez Martinez
Ellen Wang Diego Vergara
Jay Kennedy Weiss Sireesh Vinnakota
Linda Wen Sean King Volke
Ellie Wessinger Gigi Voss
Elizabeth Wickham Cassie Wang
Morley Wiener Eva Wang
Sabrina Kalani Wong Hugo Ward
Connor Woods Adam Webber
Adam Yang Lilly Weidhaas
Daphne Yang Austin Wen
Rachel Yang Adelaide Wendel
Tyler Yoshihara Tim G Wesley
kitty katharine young Adam White
John Zuk Isabel Wiesenthal
  Brenda Wong
  Simone Yang
  Adeline Yu
  David Yu
  Baili Zhong
  Tiffany Y. Zhou
  Fred Zucule

For Families

Families are invited to join their graduates on Saturday, May 21, for a day of Pomona College traditions. The schedule of events outlines the activities that families may attend. There is no limit to the number of guests that may attend, but please RSVP for all guests.

Getting to Campus and Lodging Options

Families and guests who plan to attend the celebration must arrange their own lodging and transportation.

  • Consult our list of nearby hotels for lodging options. Please contact your preferred hotel directly for reservations.
  • Find comprehensive instructions for visiting Pomona College, including local airports, driving directions and parking information.

Attending the Celebration

Registration is required to attend the celebration. The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed for family members who cannot attend in person. A viewing link will be posted on this page when it is available.

Guest/Disability Services

Services available to guests for the celebration are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, use of these services does not require a special request or reservation.

  • Accessible parking locations
  • ADA-compliant seating areas (Please reserve ADA-compliant seating during online registration. Each person may bring one companion into the seating section.)
  • ASL interpreting (Please request ASL interpreting services during online registration.)
  • Closed captioning (available in Bridges Hall of Music or a personal smart device)
  • Hearing assistance devices
  • Shuttle service between the ceremony area and the South Campus parking structure
  • Interpretation services in Spanish and Mandarin (Please request language interpretation services during online registration.)

If your specific service is not listed above, please provide as much information as possible during online registration to help us serve you. Please contact the Pomona Events team if you would like more information or have additional questions.

Flower Bouquets and Leis

Sherwood Florist, a local Claremont establishment, provides 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 Saturday, May 21 in the Smith Campus Center Courtyard before the Take Two Commencement ceremony. Please note that flowers will not be available for sale on campus – only pick-ups of pre-orders. Sherwood Florist donates 10% of the proceeds from these sales to Pomona College's Student Emergency Fund.

Order leis online

Orders for other flower arrangements can be placed directly with Sherwood Florist by calling 909-625-3309.

Please note that orders must be placed by Monday, May 2 to ensure availability for pick-up on campus prior to the Commencement ceremony. Orders placed after Monday, May 2 may not be completed by Saturday, May 21.

COVID-19 Protocols

At this time, family members and guests are not permitted inside campus building. We also ask that everyone wear masks at all times, except when eating/drinking or briefly removing them for outdoor photos. Graduates may remove their masks before crossing the stage. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.

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