Community Update On Commencement (3/30/20)

Dear Pomona College Community:

We are writing with an update regarding Commencement, one of our most important and beloved community celebrations.

The ongoing public health emergency for the coronavirus (COVID-19) requires us to postpone the Commencement exercises originally scheduled for ‪May 17.

After speaking with students, faculty and staff, and in recognition of the deep significance of this ritual for our community, we are determined to move forward with plans to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony in the fall. 

We are searching for the most feasible weekend for that time, and will update the community with a date at least three months in advance.

(As always, there likely will be some family members and others unable to make it to the ceremony in person for various scheduling reasons, and we plan to livestream the ceremony like we have in the past.)

In the meantime, degrees for graduating seniors will be conferred as of ‪May 21. We will follow up with additional details in coming weeks.

We also will carry forward with the Wig Awards, another important tradition for our Sagehen community to recognize teaching excellence.

To our entire community, and particularly our graduating seniors, we thank you for your endurance and adaptability during this global crisis, which has brought sudden change for all of us. We miss you and we so look forward to the chance to see our Class of 2020 in person again for Commencement, on our very own Marston Quad, walking proudly into your futures. We have no doubt that in the years ahead you will lead the way in meeting the great challenges our world faces.

Until then, as Sagehens let’s continue to support one another in the coming weeks and months. We are truly grateful for the way our community is working to uphold urgent public health measures for the good of all in this worldwide emergency.



G. Gabrielle Starr, president
Robert Gaines, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students