Calendar of Events

Commencement 2019 Tentative Schedule of Activities

Saturday, May 18

12:30 p.m. Honor G Awards (Invitation only)
An event for all varsity athletes and their families to honor seniors for their athletic achievements.
3:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Initiation (Invitation only)
A celebration by recognizing exceptional student achievement through annual election of new student members.
7 p.m. Commencement Vocal Concert
Performances by the Grinnell Singers, and several of the student-led acapella groups.

Sunday, May 19

9 a.m. Baccalaureate
This non-religious ceremony includes short addresses by two faculty or staff and two members of the senior class and honorary class memberships. Speakers, as well as honorary class members, are chosen by the graduating class.
12:15 p.m. President’s Social
Graduates and their families are invited to a reception and social with the President of the college.
2 p.m. Posse Graduation Ceremony
A celebration of achievement with Posse students and their families.
4:15 p.m. Service Celebration
Celebrate students doing full-time service work after graduation. Students and
their families are invited to attend.
5 p.m. Senior Honors Concert
Senior vocal and instrumental musicians perform for families and guests.
5 p.m. Multicultural Leadership Council Ceremony and Reception (Invitation only)
The Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership will host a reception with hors d’oeuvres.
7 p.m. Office of International Student Affairs (Invitation only)
The Department of Student Affairs hosts international senior students and their families to a dessert reception.
9:15 p.m. Observatory Open House
Informal tours with Robert Cadmus, professor of Physics - Guests welcome anytime between 9:15 and 11 p.m.

Monday, May 20

10 a.m. 2019 Exercises of Commencement
Picnic Immediately following
Graduates, their families, faculty and staff are invited to join in a picnic following the commencement ceremony.