2018 Commencement



Dickinson's 2018 Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 20. Stephen M. Smith '92, president and CEO of L.L.Bean, will deliver the Commencement address.

Honorary degrees will be conferred on Smith; Albert Alley '60, co-founder of the humanitarian organization World Blindness Outreach Inc. (WBO); Nancy Hooff '75, a real-estate developer and former foreign service officer, who specializes in revitalizing communities in underserved areas; and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., a retired curator at the National Gallery of Art and professor of art history at the University of Maryland.

Additionally, in keeping with a Commencement tradition established in 2012, Dickinson will present The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism. This year’s recipient is Our Children’s Trust, the advocacy organization that has gained significant national attention for supporting 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal government over climate action. Julia Olson, Our Children’s Trust’s founder, executive director and chief legal counsel, will accept the prize.

Commencement Schedule

8 a.m.

Bagel Brunch for Seniors, Families and Guests of the Class of 2018 — Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life

9 a.m.

Commencement Processional Lineup — Sidewalk adjacent to the south wall of the John Dickinson Campus (Severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center, Mezzanine)

9:35 a.m.

Processional Begins

10 a.m.

Commencement Exercises — John Dickinson Campus (Severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center)

1 p.m.

Brunch for Seniors, Families and Guests of the Class of 2018 — Holland Union Building Dining Hall immediately following ceremony (advance tickets required)

7 p.m.

Seniors must be checked out of residence halls

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Published May 18, 2018