Students celebrating at Commencement


2022 Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 23 proved to be a fitting and lovely day to honor the graduates of the Class of 2022. You can find a full set of videos from the event on the Grinnell College Commencement 2022 playlist.

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


    Dr. Bernice A. King Spoke at Commencement

    Almost 55 years ago, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a Scholars Convocation titled “Remaining Awake During a Revolution” at Grinnell College. This deeply meaningful and historic event occurred just six months before his assassination.  Now, Grinnell is proud to welcome his daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King, to speak at the 2022 Commencement ceremonies.

    Dr. Bernice A. King

    Past Commencement Speakers

  • Hands holding diploma case with Grinnell College seal at Commencement

    2022 Honorary Degrees

    Making major contributions to the fields of law, humanities, social science and science 

    • Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, doctor of laws, for her steadfast efforts to continue her parents’ legacy of nonviolent social change  

    • Olivia Kuper, NASA Solar System Ambassador and high school science educator, doctor of science, for the passion she brings to both science education and to the larger possibilities for her students. 

    • Katherine Stephan Villers ’61, board president and founder, Community Catalyst, doctor of humane letters. for her tireless work to ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable health care 

    • Erin Whalen ’12, executive director and school principal, Da Vinci RISE High School, doctor of social studies, for dreaming of a world in which even the most vulnerable students get the education they need to thrive — and for turning those dreams into reality.  

    2022 honorary degree recipients

    Past honorary degree recipients 

  • Post-commencement picnic


    2022 Commencement Picnic

    Monday , May 23, 2022
    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


    2022 Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Sunday , May 22, 2022
    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.


  • laughing person at outdoor reception


    President’s Social

    Sunday, May 22, 2022
    2—4 p.m. CDT
    Cleveland Beach, under the tent

    Graduates and their families are invited to the Presidents Social.


  • Gale Observatory

    Open House

    Observatory Open House

    Sunday, May 22, 2022
    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


    30th Annual Chariots of Fire

    Saturday, May 21
    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.

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