For Students

Commencement 2022

Registration for Ceremony and Dinner Dance

Registration is required for the Scripps College Commencement ceremony, although there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate who may attend.

Seating is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may begin lining up at 3:00 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.

The Celebration Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Jaqua Quad. Graduates will each receive three complimentary tickets (one per graduate, plus two additional). Any additional tickets are $35.00 per person.  Please order your tickets here.

Guests will check in under the graduate’s name and will receive a complimentary drink ticket that can be used for alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages. Scripps requests that guests do not bring their own alcohol to the event. 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.

Cap and Gown Pick up and Drop Off

Please stop by Balch Auditorium on May 10th or May 11th from 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. –3:00 pm to pick up your cap and gown.

Please make sure to drop off your hood and gown following the ceremony in front of Balch Auditorium.

Commencement Rehearsal

A mandatory rehearsal for graduates participating in the commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Students MUST arrive on time for a review of commencement ceremony procedures, last-minute announcements, and to receive important information regarding photography during the ceremony. Caps and gowns are not needed for rehearsal.

Senior Class Photo

Please arrive at the outdoor steps in front of Garrison Theater on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 3:45 p.m. for the senior class photo. The photo will be taken with caps and gowns, so students should arrive in full regalia. The Class will move directly from the photo to lining up for the Commencement processional.

Audio Name Recording

Please follow the directions below to record your name via your own computer.

Students will have the ability to record their name pronunciations directly through the portal. It is convenient and easy! Just login to the Portal at and click on “Name Pronunciation” in the menu on the left. Refer to the image below to record or upload, and add phonetic spelling of your name. Please record your name as you indicated on the Diploma Name form which you submitted to the Registrar’s office. This is how your name will appear in the commencement program.

In addition to stating your name clearly, please also write a phonetic pronunciation. 

 You also can access the Name Pronunciation feature from your mobile phone or tablet the same way.

All recordings must be completed by May 2, 2022.

ADA and Language Services

To request accommodations for any guests who have accessibility needs, please complete this form. A campus map with accessibility access will be provided upon confirmation.

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 are 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, and identification will be required to pick up a headset.

Invitations and Announcements

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

Senior Grad Portraits

Graduates are invited to make an appointment for their formal Commencement portrait with a professional photographer from Ultimate Exposures. They will  be coming to campus March 2nd and April 1st. More details regarding times and locations to come.

You must have a scheduled appointment in order to take your portrait. Click here to schedule.