Scripps College Commencement 2019

For Parents


All of The Claremont Colleges have graduation on the same weekend, and accommodations for out-of-town guests are sometimes scarce. It is best to make reservations early. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.


Parking will be at a premium commencement Weekend. Parking is available in the following locations:

Tiernan Field House parking garage underground parking garage (on Mills Avenue)

Steele Hall parking lot (NE corner of Dartmouth Avenue and 11st Street)

Performing Arts Center parking lot (SE corner of Dartmouth Avenue and 11th Street)

Along 11th Street, 10th Street, Columbia Avenue and 9th Street

Additional handicap parking spaces will be available along 9th Street, in Revelle parking lot (off of 9th street) and next to Wilbur Residence Hall (off of Amherest Avenue)

Locations can be viewed here.


Tickets are not required for the Scripps College Commencement ceremony, and there is no limit to the amount of guests per graduate who may attend.

For attendance count purposes only, registration for the Commencement 2018 ceremony will be available on March 1st.

Seating is open and available on a first come, first served basis. Attendees may begin lining up at 3 p.m. on the south side of Bowling Green; seating will begin at 3:30 p.m.  Seats have been reserved for those who have contacted the Public Events office and requested accommodations for disabilities. All members of a party must be present to occupy a seat.

ADA and Language Service

To request accommodations for any guests who have accessibility needs, please complete this form. This might include language assistance, hearing assistance, ASL interpretation, wheelchair seating, handicap parking spaces, etc.  A map showing handicap parking areas and wheelchair access routes on campus can be found here.

Please note that the Humanities Auditorium will also be equipped 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 language interpretation of the commencement ceremony. If there is a sufficient number of requests for interpretation services for a language, 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 held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Alumnae Field.  Advance purchase is required; tickets will not be sold at the door. Please click on the tab below to register.  Up to three tickets per graduate are complimentary; any additional tickets are $33.00 per person.

Grad 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. Please click here for information on packages and to schedule an appointment.  They will also be on campus May 12 before commencement in Balch or your graduate can come to their studio with their gown for a formal, beautifully lit and composed commencement portrait. To make a studio appointment call 714-612-0994.

The photographic reportage of your Scripps College graduate at commencement will be available for your purchase after graduation. You’ll find images of your graduate immediately after receiving her diploma. Their enhanced security system allows you access to your graduate’s images when you submit a $10 credit card payment. When you do this you will receive a $20 credit towards your purchase.

Congratulations to you and your graduate! The path to images of your graduate starts by clicking the tab below. 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.

Invitations and Announcements

Commencement invitations and announcements are available for purchase through Jostens, online only. Click on the button below to have them sent to the address of your choice.

Gifts of Appreciation

Family and friends of graduates are invited to purchase floral arrangements and leis from a local Claremont 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.