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 records@marietta.edu or by phone at 740.376.4723.

Commencement Speaker

Don Ritter ’81, CEO of Endurance Resources, is the 2018 Commencement speaker at Marietta College. The Emeritus Trustee helped found Endurance Resources in 2008 following a successful career with Mobil Oil and then GeoMechanics International. Ritter, along with his wife, Leslie Straub Ritter ’85, made an initial $1 million donation to Marietta College in December 2016 to start a Music Therapy program. The new major was approved by the faculty in January 2018 and will begin this fall. To learn more about this year's Commencement speaker, read our story about him.

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

Grad Fest

All enrolled May and August 2018 graduates and enrolled December 2018 graduates who will be participating in Commencement must attend Pioneer Grad Fest on Monday, April 16, 2018 anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the campus bookstore. GradFest serves as a “one-stop shop” where students will verify degree and post-graduation information; provide proper name pronunciation; receive information on the Commencement Ceremony as well as College and Alumni Services and Financial Aid exit counseling; share memories and celebrate with refreshments. All participants will be entered for exciting raffle prizes, including a shadow box to display your stole. Graduates who are not currently enrolled or who cannot attend Grad Fest for any reason should contact the Records Office at records@marietta.edu for information.

Strawberries and Creme

The Marietta College Alumni Association cordially invites you and your family to attend the traditional Strawberries and Crème Luncheon honoring the Marietta College Class of 2018.

The buffet luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 5th, from noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. President Bill Ruud will welcome the graduates to The Long Blue Line of Marietta College alumni during the luncheon.

Graduating seniors will receive complimentary lunches, courtesy of the Marietta College Alumni Association. Additional tickets for family or friends may be purchased for $25 per person. All attendees – including students – do need to register at https://development.marietta.edu/strawberries18.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 740.376.4709.

Graduating students and their guests are asked to register by April 27, 2018.

Tickets will be available for students to pick up on May 2nd and 3rd at Gilman during limited lunch and/or dinner hours. Additional details will be communicated later.

Have a large family or want to sit with a group of friends? If your table needs to accommodate more than 8, please call or email us at 740.376.4709 or alumni@marietta.edu, in addition to completing the registration form.

Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Alma McDonough Auditorium on Saturday, May 5th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 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 on Christy Mall, weather permitting. Rain location will be Fenton Court in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

Academic regalia Orders

The new navy caps and gowns required for all graduation ceremony participants are available for purchase, along with formal invitations and class rings, through the Campus Bookstore.  Please visit http://www.herffjones.com/college/marietta to order your regalia. Online orders must be placed before March 6. After March 6, please visit the Bookstore to place your order.

Payment of $30 will be due when regalia is picked up at the Bookstore beginning April 16, during Grad Fest. The remainder of the cost is covered by the College. Graduates must participate in Grad Fest or check in with the Records Office before they will be permitted to pick up their regalia. In addition to cap, gown, and tassel, 2018 graduates will also wear white satin stoles embroidered with “Class of 2018” and the College seal. The cost of the stole is included in the amounts noted above. Students have the option of purchasing additional embellishment(s) to reflect participation in College recognized campus activities. Please visit https://pridesash.com/marietta before March 16 to customize your stole. Payment for any customization will be due at the time of placing your online order.

All participants who do not order customizations by March 16 will receive the standard stole. If you do not wish to add any embellishments you do not have to do anything further. All stoles will be available starting at Grad Fest.

Contact the Bookstore at 740.376.4528 for additional information.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Places to Stay
Things to See & Do
Dining
Travel to Campus

The following locations have extended hours or are opening Sunday to meet the needs of our graduates and their families.

Retail
Wit & Whimzy: Open to 4:30 p.m. (& beyond as people are downtown)

Attractions
The Castle: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Restaurants
Buckley House: 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Emanuel's: Open until 8:00 p.m.
The Original Pizza Place: Noon-9:00 p.m.
Marietta Brewing Co.: Noon-8:00 p.m.
Jeremiah's Coffee House: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tampico Mexican Restaurant: 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Star of India: Noon-9:00 p.m.
Boathouse BBQ: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
River Town Grill: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Riverfront Bar & Grill: 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

BOOKSTORE HOURS — FINALS/GRADUATION WEEK

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