Graduate holding diploma

Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021 is complete. It was held at Rosenbloom Field on Friday, May 28 at 10 a.m.

Watch Commencement and Baccalaureate videos on Grinnell College's Commencement 2021 playlist.

The Order of Exercises

The Ringing of the College Bell
Ellen Mease, Associate Professor of Theatre, College Marshal

(the audience is requested to stand)

Deanna L.K. Shorb, College Chaplain

The Commencement Address
Dr. Kesho Scott, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of American Studies

Presentation of Recipients of Honorary Degrees
Elaine Marzluff, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of Chemisty; Breid-Mcfarland Professor of Science

Conferring of Honorary Degrees
Anne F. Harris, President of the College

Recognition of Faculty Members Emeriti
David Arsenault Sr., Associate Professor of Physical Education
George Barlow, Associate Professor of English; Associate Professor of American Studies
Janet Gibson, Professor of Psychology
Jean Ketter, Professor of Education
Henry Walker, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics; Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics
Greg Wallace, Associate Professor of Physical Education

Recognition of Faculty Moving to Senior Faculty Status
Laura Sinnett, Associate Professor of Psychology
Kathy Kamp, Professor of Anthropology; Earl D. Strong Professor in Social Studies
John Whittaker, Professor of Anthropology

Presentation of Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Dean Elaine Marzluff

Acceptance for the Board of Trustees
Julie Gosselink, Grinnell College Board of Trustees

Conferring of Bachelor of Arts Degrees
President Harris

Charge to the Graduates
President Harris

(the audience is asked to stand)
Chaplain Shorb


The U.N flag, the U.S. flag, and the many flags of the world are displayed today in celebration of the nationalities of our graduating seniors. Go forth Grinnellian!

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