A crowd of graduates throw their caps into the air.

Virtual Commencement 2020

Virtual Commencement — May 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.

In place of an on-campus commencement ceremony, we plan to host a virtual graduation program to honor the class of 2020. This program will take place on May 18 and include pre-recorded components.

Link to Live Stream


The Ringing of the College Bell
Christopher Hunter, College Marshal

Deanna L. K. Shorb, College Chaplain

Faculty Address
Jeff Blanchard, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Sharon Quinsaat, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Student Address
Yolana C. Martin, Class of 2020
Anshul T. Tambay, Class of 2020

Recognition of Faculty Member Emeritus
Irene Powell, Professor of Economics
Alan Schrift, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy
Janet Seiz, Associate Professor of Economics
Anatoly Vishevsky, Professor of Russian
Eliza Willis, Professor of Political Science

Recognition of Faculty Moving to Senior Faculty Status
Jonathan Andelson, Director, Center for Prairie Studies;
Rosenfield Professor in Social Science - Anthropology
Vicki Bentley-Condit, Professor of Anthropology
Lesley Delmenico, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies
Evelyn Freemen, Assistant Professor of Physical Education;
Head Women’s Cross Country and Track/Field Coach
William Freeman, Associate Professor of Physical Education;
Head Men’s Cross Country and Track/Field Coach
Kesho Scott, Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Professor of American Studies
James Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry

Recognition of President Emeritus
Raynard S. Kington, President

Presentation of Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Dean Anne Harris

Conferring of Bachelor of Arts Degree
President Kington

Presentation of the Graduates
Yvette Aparicio — Division of Humanities
Vida Praitis — Division of Science
Karla Erickson — Division of Social Studies
Anne Harris — Interdivisional and Independent Majors

Charge to the Graduates
President Kington

Messages to the Class of 2020

In the last days that students were on campus and until Commencement, members of the Grinnell community have been sending video messages to the Class of 2020.

Video still of Jack Taylor

From Alumni

Messages from Wilfried Prewo ’70, Edith Renfrow Smith ’37, Peter Coyote ’64, Tom Cole ’71, Jack Taylor ’14 and many more.

Still from YouTube video of Trish Fitzgibbons Anderson ’80

From Trustees

Messages from David Maxwell ’66, Tobi Klein Marcus ’87, Ron Gault ’62, Patricia Finkelman ’80, Matthew Welch ’96, and Trish Fitzgibbons Anderson ’80.

Still from YouTube video of Tammy Nyden

From Faculty and Staff

Massages from faculty and staff across campus.

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