Information for Visitors

This page is the online information headquarters for Commencement. The most commonly requested information is available on this page. If you have additional questions, please email Conference Operations and Events or call 641-269-3178. 


The 2022 Commencement ceremony will take place at Rosenbloom Field on Monday, May 23, at 10 a.m. In the event of severe weather, the in-person ceremony will be canceled, and we will stream our guest speaker and the reading of our graduates’ names.

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

Public Health Guidelines and Considerations  

Pandemic planning changes as the current situation does. Please refer to Pandemic Planning for the most current policies and guidelines, updated regularly. 


Parking is available on side streets and lots located around the perimeter of campus.

Illegally parked cars will be ticketed by safety and security or the City of Grinnell depending on the location of the vehicle.

Shuttles will not be available from local hotels as has been offered in prior years, but


Anyone who has difficulty walking can be dropped off at the entrance to the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Ave., and a limited number of golf carts will be utilized to assist those requiring transportation from the parking lot.

Rosenbloom field is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is provided for the Exercises of Commencement. Contact Conference Operations and Events for assigned seating with a clear view.

Large print programs for any Commencement weekend activity are available with two weeks advanced notice to Conference Operations and Events, 641-269-3178.

Grinnell College is committed to supporting guests with disabilities during Commencement Weekend. Please inform Conference Operations and Events if you have a disability that requires accommodation for participation in an event. For information about accessible (handicap) parking, ramps, and routes through campus, see the Campus Accessibility Map.

Area Dining and Housing

Graduating seniors will be allowed to stay in their dormitory rooms until noon the Tuesday following Commencement. Siblings attending Grinnell College may submit a written request to Conference Operations and Events to stay in the dorms through Commencement. Housing and dining options are available at many local accommodations and area restaurants.

Photo Information

Lifetouch will photograph all graduates at the ceremony. Proofs will be provided to the families of each graduate.

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