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.

2018 Commencement

Marietta College will celebrate the class of 2018 with a traditional academic Commencement ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Tickets are not required for the ceremony and doors to the facility open at 11:00 a.m.

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, as well as the letters and information packets mailed to graduates and their families.

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 by email at or by phone at 740.376.4723.


College officials will announce the 2018 Commencement speaker soon.

Commencement-related activities are outlined below. More details will be added as they become available.

Grad Fest

All enrolled students who will be participating in Commencement must attend Pioneer Grad Fest in April (time, date and location will be announced soon). 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 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.

Strawberries and Creme

Congrats Grad! To honor your transition from student to alumnus/ae and welcome you to The Long Blue Line, the Marietta College Alumni Association invites you and your family to attend The Strawberries and Crème Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at noon in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on Saturday, May 5th. Please register by April 27, 2018.  As a graduate, you are invited to attend free of charge. To purchase additional tickets for family or friends, please register online by following this link. You can also contact the Alumni Engagement Office by calling 740.376.4709.

Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Alma McDonough Auditorium on Saturday, May 5th (time to be announced). No tickets or reservations are required for this event. Academic regalia and procession are not part of the Baccalaureate Service. Dr. and Mrs. Ruud will host a family reception 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 6th and payment will be due at the time of pick-up from the College Bookstore in the Gilman Student Center.


Monday, April 30th to Friday, May 4th — 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 5th — 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 6th (Commencement) — 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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 time and date to choose the Jewett speakers for the Class of 2018 will be announced during the Spring 2018 semester. Information concerning the competition can be found on the Jewett Prize page.

Important commencement documents

The following documents will be made available by the end of January 2018. Keep an eye out for your invitation and other important information to be mailed in early February.

Student Letter

Family Letter

Commencement Guidelines

Commencement Schedule

Senior Send Off Schedule

Jewett Competition Notice

Commencement Photographer