Students celebrating at Commencement


2023 Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2023
10 a.m. CDT (-5:00 UTC) 
Central Campus

The Commencement Ceremony provides a capstone to a weekend full of concerts, receptions, and other events that showcase and celebrate the achievements of the graduates and their time at Grinnell.

The ceremony will be streamed live for those unable to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the fieldhouse in the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center.

You can find videos from past Commencement ceremonies on the Grinnell College YouTube channel.

The Ceremony

  • Seniors in full academic regalia applaud at 2022 Commencent ceremony


    Join Commencement Online

    We welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us online to celebrate Commencement. We stream each Commencement ceremony live. Find a full set of videos from the most recent ceremony in our Commencement 2022 YouTube playlist.

    Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and join the conversation: #Grinnell2022 and #GoForthGrinnellian

  • Dr. Bernice A. King presented the 2022 Grinnell College Commencement Address


    Commencement 2023 Speaker to be Announced

    Our 2023 Commencement speaker will be announced when finalized.

    Past Commencement Speakers

  • Post-commencement picnic


    2023 Commencement Picnic

    Monday , May 22, 2023
    Following the Commencement Ceremony  
    Cleveland Beach

    Following the commencement ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to join a picnic lunch. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served in the athletic center.

  • Speaker at podium in Herrick Chapel speaking to seniors and guests, laural leaf banners in the background


    2023 Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Sunday , May 21, 2023
    10 a.m.–Noon CDT
    Herrick Chapel

    “Baccalaureate is a farewell, a leave-taking.” — Professor Katya Gibel Mevorach, 2017 Grinnell College Baccalaureate

    Baccalaureate is open to invitees. The ceremony celebrates our seniors, and their accomplishments, as they prepare for the next part of their Grinnell journey.


  • Gale Observatory

    Open House

    Observatory Open House

    Sunday, May 21, 2023
    9:15 p.m. CDT
    Gale Observatory

    All are invited to an observatory open house hosted by Robert Cadmus, professor of physics.  Informal tours will be provided. The observatory was opened in 1984 and is an especially valuable facility for a small liberal arts college. Designed by Woodburn and O'Neil of Des Moines, the building is a 38-foot by 55-foot structure rising 26 feet to the top of the dome.

    Learn More about the Gale Observatory

  • Blurred image of runners legs and feet


    Chariots of Fire

    Saturday, May 20, 2023
    8 a.m. CDT
    Gather in Younker’s Courtyard prior to race

    Athletes, alums, friends, and family members are welcome to take part in the traditional Chariots of Fire run. The run is named for the 1981 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, which briefly portrayed Olympic gold-winner F. Morgan Taylor, class of ’26, who still holds Grinnell College's long jump record.

    The traditional white uniform is encouraged but not required.

Department Information


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