For Students-2024

Commencement 2024


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Begins at 5:00 p.m.

Elm Tree Lawn

  • Line up for graduates begins at 4 p.m. inside Honnald Gate (behind Denison Library/Drake Wing)
  • Processional to Elm Tree Lawn begins at 5 p.m; Denison Library
  • The Denison front doors open at 5 p.m. sharp to begin processional.

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.

Celebration Dinner Dance

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Begins at 7:30 p.m.

Jaqua Quad


Cap and Gown – Pick up and Drop Off

Pick Up

  • May 1 and 2
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Drop Off 

  • After the Commencement ceremony
  • Upper Bowling Green Lawn in front of Wood Steps
  • Drop off gown and hood only (graduates keep cap and tassel)

Commencement Rehearsal

Thursday, May 9, 2024

5:00 p.m

Valencia Court

  • Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates participating in the commencement ceremony
  • 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

Senior Class Photo

Saturday, May 11, 2024

3:45 p.m.

Garrison Theater Steps

  • Arrive in cap and gown
  • The Class will move directly from the photo to lining up for the Commencement processional.

Name Pronunciation

Please record your 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 a 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 full 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 April 7, 2024.

ADA and Language Services

  • Scripps College makes available accessibility access for those who require it.
  • A campus map with accessibility access will be provided upon confirmation.
  • Humanities Auditorium will be equipped with a live feed of the ceremony. The auditorium is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
  • For those who require language assistance, a wireless audio system for simultaneous language interpretation of the Commencement ceremony is available. 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. Visit the Jostens site to have them sent to the address of your choice.

Senior Portraits

Graduates are invited to have their formal Commencement portrait taken with a professional photographer from Ultimate Exposures. An appointment is required.

March 26 and April 23
2:30-8 p.m.
Hampton Room