A message from President John E. Jones III '77, P'11:
Commencement is a very special time on campus—the culmination of the academic year and the undergraduate experience, and an important event in the lives of our students, their families and the college. As an alumnus, I cherish Dickinson traditions and was fortunate to deliver the Commencement address in 2006 and watch with pride as my son walked down the old stone steps in 2011.
We are excited to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the class of 2023 and to reflect upon the ways Dickinson’s revolutionary education has transformed each class member as a student and as a citizen of the world.
Please remember that Dickinson has made a lifelong commitment to each of our graduates. I hope the class of 2023 will be active in the worldwide Dickinson community, and I look forward to engaging with our newest young alumni.
On behalf of the entire Dickinson community, let me be the first to welcome you to our celebration of the class of 2023.
John E. Jones III ’77, P’11
2023 COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND SCHEDULE
The preliminary Commencement Weekend schedule is below.
FRIDAY, MAY 19
Toast to the Class of 2023—Britton Plaza.
SATURDAY, MAY 20
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony—Allison Great Hall.
Senior Athlete Reception—Kline Athletic Center.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch is available in the Holland Union Building Dining Hall for seniors and their families and guests. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each.
Posse Ceremony—Rubendall Recital Hall.
Noon – 4 p.m.
Farm Works at 169 W. High Street (beside Denny Hall)
Dickinson College Farm Works offers sustainable goods, College Farm produce and artisanal products. Stop in this student-run retail location to get a feel for farm life and pick up canned goods, handmade items from student artists, and more.
Hera Society Tappings—Old West, The Old Stone Steps.
Reception for Legacy Students and Families—Allison Hall Community Room—Invitation Only.
Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony and Reception—Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium.
Reception to Meet the Honorary Degree Recipients—Rector Science Complex Atrium. All graduates and their families are invited.
Catholic Mass—Interfaith Chapel, Allison Hall.
SUNDAY, MAY 21
8 - 10 a.m.
Complimentary Breakfast Buffet—Union Station, Holland Union Building.
Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life Bagel Brunch—Asbell Center.
Commencement Processional Lineup—Sidewalk John Dickinson Campus (severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center, Mezzanine).
Diplomas available for pickup at Underground Patio, Holland Union Building.
Brunch for Seniors, Families and Guests of the Class of 2023—Holland Union Building immediately following ceremony. Three advanced brunch tickets provided. Extra tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 each.
Seniors must be checked out of residence halls.
Sustainability Graduation Pledge
Many Dickinson students have shown a strong commitment to sustainability and social justice throughout their time at Dickinson. After four years, the continuation of these ideals into the lives of college alumni is essential. The Dickinson Sustainability Graduation Pledge allows future alumni to carry on Dickinson's legacy of civic responsibility and sustainability throughout their careers and lives. In May, we will celebrate the class of 2023 signatories.
Locally-grown Commencement bouquets from Roots Cut Flower Farm are available for pre-order prior to Commencement. Place orders using our pre-order form and submit it no later than Monday, May 15. A limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase on Sunday near Althouse Hall, or in the lobby of the Kline Athletic Center in case of severe weather.
A program for the class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be placed online to view or print at home. Click on the heading above to order copies of the program by Friday, June 2, which will be printed and mailed to you later in June.