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Commencement 2023

Commencement Stage

View the full schedule for Dickinson's 2023 Commencement

Dickinson College's 2023 Commencement exercises begin Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. on the John Dickinson Campus (severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center). The ceremony will be available via livestream.

Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the first woman to lead FEMA, will deliver Dickinson’s Commencement address. She will also receive a Doctor of Emergency Management honorary degree. Fellow honorary degree recipients are award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Morning Edition Michel Martin and Robert '59 and Thomas Davis '62, philanthropists and retired plastic surgeons specializing in reconstructive surgery.

Additionally, in keeping with a Commencement tradition established in 2012, Dickinson will present the Sam Rose ’58 & Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism. This year’s recipient is Tara Houska, environmental and Indigenous-rights advocate and founder of Giniw Collective. Houska will accept the award during the Commencement ceremony.

Full Schedule

8 - 10 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast Buffet—Union Station, Holland Union Building.
8 a.m. Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life Bagel Brunch—Asbell Center.
9 a.m. Commencement Processional Lineup—Sidewalk John Dickinson Campus (severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center, Mezzanine).
10 a.m. Commencement Exercises—John Dickinson Campus (severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center).
Noon - 2 p.m Diplomas available for pickup at Underground Patio, Holland Union Building.
1 p.m. 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 HUB Information Desk for $10 each.


Published May 19, 2023