Marietta College's traditional graduation ceremony takes place in May. A commencement speech offers encouragement to the students before they receive their degrees and become members of Marietta College's Long Blue Line.

Marietta also has an informal December Graduation ceremony for students who complete their academic requirements before the spring.

2016 Commencement

Marietta College will celebrate the class of 2016 with a traditional academic Commencement ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Tickets are not required for the ceremony and doors to the facility open at 11:00 a.m.

A commencement speech delivered by Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, will offer inspiration to the students before they receive their degrees and become members of Marietta College's Long Blue Line. Receptions will follow the ceremony on the Christy Mall and on Fenton Court in the Ban Johnson Field House of the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

The weekend leading up to Commencement will provide students and their families multiple opportunities to celebrate their academic achievement. Information on select events appears below with more information, including the SGA Senior Send Off schedule of events, available in the Resources menu to the right.

For family and friends unable to attend Commencement, Marietta College will be live streaming the Commencement ceremony.

For commencement-related questions, please contact the Records Office at by email at or by phone at 740-376-4723.

Strawberries and Creme

The Strawberries and Crème Luncheon will be held at noon in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on Saturday, April 30.

RSVP is required by Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 740-376-4709, and registration is available online by following this link.

Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service will be held from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Ban Johnson Field House-Fenton Court on Saturday, April 30. No tickets or reservations are required for this event. Academic regalia and procession are not part of the Baccalaureate Service. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bruno will host a family reception at their home immediately following the service.

Information for Commencement Orders

Students may order cap and gown, announcements, and other graduation accessories on line at the Herff Jones website. Regalia orders must be placed by March 15 and payment will be due at the time of pick-up from the College Bookstore in the Gilman Student Center in mid-April.

Jewett Speech Competition

The Jewett Speech Competition is one of the oldest commencement traditions at Marietta College. The two winners of the Jewett competition present their speeches at the commencement ceremony, while the third place contestant speaks at baccalaureate. The contest to choose the two Jewett speakers for the class of 2016 will be held Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m., in Mills 107. Information concerning the competition can be found on the Jewett Prize page.

Grad Fest

All enrolled students who will be participating in Commencement must attend Pioneer Grad Fest on Monday, April 11, 2016 anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Grad Fest serves as a "one-stop shop" where students will verify degree and post-graduation information, including proper name pronunciation; receive information on the Commencement Ceremony as well as College and Alumni services; complete Financial Aid exit counseling; share memories with photos and story boards; and celebrate with refreshments. Watch your email and campus mailbox for additional information. Graduates who are not currently enrolled or who cannot attend Grad Fest for any reason should contact the Records Office at for information.