Claremont Colleges 2023 commencement info

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College’s 75th commencement ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Parents Field, 734 Amherst Ave.

Renowned political scientist, humanist, and author Robert David Putnam will deliver this year’s keynote address. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus at Harvard University, the former dean ofHarvard Kennedy School, and the 2006 Johan Skytte Prize recipient. In 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal from then President Barack Obama. More details are at

Tickets are not required, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating is available for guests who require accommodations. Call (909) 607-4006 or email for info. Staff members will also be onsite during the ceremony to assist with seating.

Non-service animals are not allowed.

The ceremony will be live streamed at

Parking is available in lots near Sixth and Ninth streets, Mills Avenue, and North Claremont Boulevard. Street parking is also available along Claremont Boulevard, Blanchard Avenue, Mills and First Street. Visit for more parking locations.

A schedule of events is at



Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College’s 65th commencement is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at Mudd Quadrangle, on the southeast corner of 10th Street and Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont.

Social change advocate and co-founder and CEO of CodePath Michael Ellison will deliver the keynote address. For more on Ellison, visit or and search “Ellison.”

The ceremony is ticketless. Seating will be first come, first served. Street and lot parking will be available along Dartmouth and Columbia avenues as well as on 10th and 11th streets. A map of commencement is at

A livestream begins about 1:20 p.m. at For questions or accommodation requests email or call (909) 621-8125. A schedule of events is at



Pitzer College

Pitzer College’s 59th commencement starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza, near 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont.

Pitzer’s commencement speaker is human rights activist and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, who is also the founder and president of Nadia’s Initiative, a nonprofit aiding survivors of sexual violence and communities in crisis. More information is at or, search “Murad.”

The ceremony is ticketless and there is no guest limit, but seating is first come, first served. It will be livestreamed at Fletcher Hall in rooms 110 and 112, located directly north of the plaza, and at

Parking is available along Claremont Boulevard and Mills Avenue, and at the East Mesa, Sanborn, and Holden parking lots along Ninth Street. Guests who require assistance getting to the event can be dropped off at Sanborn on the corner of N. Mills and Ninth. Go to for an interactive campus map.

For additional information, email or visit



Pomona College

Pomona College will graduate the class of 2023, its 129th, at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14, at Marston Quadrangle, just east of Bridges Auditorium at 333 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711.

American civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill and hall of fame swimmer Penny Lee Dean, alumna of 1977, will deliver keynote addresses. The college will also confer honorary degrees for Ifill and Dean. Trustee Emeritus George E. “Buddy” Moss, alumnus of 1952, will receive the Trustees’ Medal of Merit posthumously.

The event is ticketless, opens at 8 a.m., and is first-come, first-served with no guest limit. It will be livestreamed at Guests needing accommodations should complete the accommodations form at search “commencement information.”

Parking is available along College and Bonita avenues and Sixth Street, as well as in adjacent lots. A campus map is at

For more details or a full schedule of events, visit Questions? Call (909) 607-2241 or email



Scripps College

Scripps College’s 93rd commencement is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Elm Tree Lawn, just north of Vita Nova Lecture Hall, 385 E. Ninth St., Claremont.

The keynote speaker is actress and television producer Kelly McCreary, who’s also a voting rights and voter education advocate and former ambassador of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign. Fans of ABC’s long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” may recognize McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce. A full biography is at

There is no guest limit but registration is required at, click “For Families” on the website’s left tab. Once registered, attendees can line up for the ceremony starting at 3 p.m. May 13 near Bowling Green Lawn — just west of the ceremony site. Seating will begin 30 minutes later and is first come, first served. Reserved seats are available for those who contact Scripps’ office of public events and request accommodations. Email for more information.

Attendees can also view a live feed at the wheelchair accessible Humanities Auditorium, located north of Elm Tree Lawn.

Parking is available along 10th and 11th streets, on the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th, and at the Tiernan Field House underground parking garage off Mills Avenue. Street parking is also available along Ninth Street. A map is at

For a full events schedule, visit



Claremont Graduate University

Claremont Graduate University’s 96th commencement takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Harvey S. Mudd Quadrangle, on the southeast corner of 10th Street and Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont.

The event’s honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker is Aldon Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor Emeritus of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University; the student speaker is Holly Eva Allen, who will be receiving a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in American studies; and the CGU Alumni Association Board speaker will be its Vice President Liron Marks, who earned a doctorate in organizational behavior in 2016. Learn more at

The ceremony is ticketless for guests of graduates. Guests and graduates can be dropped off at the corner of 10th and Dartmouth for check-in.

Those who require accommodations are asked to arrive early and email Handicapped parking is available in the north parking lot of the McAlister Center, 919 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Parking is also available along Dartmouth and Columbia as well as 10th and 11th streets.

Visit for a live stream. More event information including maps can be found there as well.



Keck Graduate Institute

Keck Graduate Institute will honor graduates from the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences, the School of Community Medicine, and the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario.

Geophysicist and the 22nd President of the National Academy of Sciences Marcia McNutt is this year’s keynote speaker. McNutt is involved with the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy.

The ceremony is ticketed. Only guests who received a QR code can attend. Those experiencing any Covid symptoms should not attend.

Parking will be available in and around Chaffey High School. An interactive map is at For more details, visit or call (909) 607-7855.


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