Students celebrating at Commencement


Commencement 2024

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.

  • Backs of graduates seated together, one wearing white fairy wings

    Monday, May 20, 2024
    10 a.m. CDT (-5:00 UTC) 
    Central Campus

    The 2024 ceremony will be streamed live for those unable to attend.

    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. We post a full set of videos from the most recent ceremony on our YouTube channel.

    Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and join the conversation: #Grinnell2024 and #GoForthGrinnellian

  • Post-commencement picnic


    2024 Commencement Picnic

    Monday, May 20, 2024
    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


    2024 Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Sunday, May 19, 2024
    9–11 a.m. CDT
    Herrick Chapel

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

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


  • bouquet of red roses


    Gifts for Graduates

    Flowers, commemorative T-shirts, and graduation gifts are available to order online and pick up at the event.

    You can also find many Grinnell College gifts at the Pioneer Bookshop, Grinnell College’s bookstore.

Department Information


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