Scripps College Commencement

For more than eight decades, Scripps College has been graduating women with a solid liberal arts education that uniquely prepares them to begin careers, enter prestigious graduate schools, or pursue fellowships.

The Scripps College 85th Annual Commencement will be on May 16, 2015, on Elm Tree Lawn.

Commencement 2015

Watch this page for more information on Commencement 2015.


Friday, May 15

 Time Event Location
12:00pm Phi Beta Kappa Initiation (by invitation only) Margaret Fowler Garden
12:45pm Phi Beta Kappa Luncheon (by invitation only) Hampton Room
  3:30pm Baccalaureate Services Garrison Theater
  4:30pm Commencement Rehearsal
(mandatory for graduating seniors)
Denison Library

Saturday, May 16

 Time Event Location
  2:00pm Senior Awards Convocation Garrison Theater
  3:45pm Senior Class Photo Wood Steps/Bowling Green
  4:15pm Seniors Report for Procession Denison Library
  5:00pm Commencement* Elm Tree Lawn
  7:00pm Commencement Reception Jaqua Quadrangle
  7:30pm Commencement Celebration Dinner Dance
(tickets required)
Alumnae Field

*Tickets are NOT required for the ceremony. Seating is open and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating begins at 3:30 p.m. Seats may not be saved.

Commencement Portraits

Candidates for graduation are invited to make an appointment for their formal Commencement portrait. A professional photographer will be on campus for this purpose during the week before Commencement. Please click here for information on packages and to schedule an appointment. is an independent company for whom Scripps provides exclusive access to facilities during the week of Commencement. Scripps College cannot influence pricing, policy or product availability.

Accessibility and Language Services

Please notify the Office of Public Events to request accommodations for any guests who have accessibility needs. This might include language assistance, hearing assistance, ASL interpretation, wheelchair seating, disabled parking, etc. A map showing disabled parking areas and wheelchair access routes on campus can be found here. Please note that the Humanities Auditorium will also be set up with a live feed of the ceremony on Elm Tree Lawn for individuals who may have difficulties with outdoor seating. The auditorium will be air conditioned and is wheelchair accessible.Scripps College makes available a wireless audio system for simultaneous Spanish interpretation of the Commencement ceremony. Please notify the Office of Public Events to reserve headsets for any guests who would like to hear the live Spanish language broadcast of the ceremony. If there is a sufficient number of requests for interpretation services for a language other than Spanish, the College will try to accommodate those requests. The service is offered at no charge, but a piece of identification will be required to pick up a headset.

Celebration Dinner Dance

A Celebration Dinner Dance will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Advance pick-up of tickets is required; tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are non-replaceable and non-refundable. Please click here to purchase additional tickets. Graduates receive 3 complimentary tickets, one for themselves and 2 guests. Additional tickets are available for pickup on Thursday May 14th and Friday May 15th from the North/South Meeting Room from 10am-4pm.

Please be advised that during the Dinner Dance, anyone looking less than 21 years old may be asked to provide valid photo identification to obtain an alcoholic beverage. Families may not bring their own alcoholic beverages into the dinner dance.

 Invitations and Announcements

Additionally purchased invitations and announcements can be picked up by the graduating senior from the Office of Parent Engagement located in Balch Hall Room 123.

Gifts of Appreciation

Family and friends of graduates are invited to purchase floral arrangements and leis from a local Claremont florist, Sherwood Florist. Sherwood Florist will be on campus the day of commencement, but if you would like to pre-order a lei or arrangement you may do so by clicking here. You may also visit their website by clicking here if you would like further information.