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.

2020 Commencement

Marietta College will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a traditional academic Commencement ceremony at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3rd, 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 Ban Johnson Arena 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. Details of these events are being finalized and will be added below very soon. and will be included in 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.

Commencement Speaker

To Be Announced

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


All enrolled May graduates and enrolled August and December 2020 graduates who will be participating in Commencement must participate in GradFest to be held in April. At the GradFest, students will receive specific information about the Commencement ceremony and information from various offices about graduation-related procedures and post-graduation plans. Specific date, time, and location TBD

Strawberries and Crème

The Marietta College Alumni Association invites you and your family to attend the traditional Strawberries and Crème Luncheon honoring the Marietta College Class of 2020 on Sunday morning prior to the Commencement ceremony. We are so excited for you to become a member of The Long Blue Line and join our unbroken continuation of support, interest, and involvement from Marietta College graduates!

Check back later for more details.

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

Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Alma McDonough Auditorium on Saturday, May 4th 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 The Christy Mall, weather permitting. Rain location will be Fenton Court in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

Academic Regalia Orders

The navy blue caps and gowns required for all graduation ceremony participants are available for purchase, along with formal invitations, through the Campus Bookstore. Please visit to order your regalia. Online orders must be placed before March 4. After March 4, please visit the Bookstore to place your order.

Payment of $30 will be due when regalia is picked up. The remainder of the cost is covered by the College. (Graduates must attend the Senior Class Meeting or check in with the Records Office before they will be permitted to pick up their regalia).

In addition to navy cap, gown, and tassel, undergraduates will wear white satin stoles embroidered with “Class of 2020” and the College seal. The cost of the stole is included in the amount noted above. Students have the option of purchasing additional embellishment(s) to reflect participation in College-recognized campus activities. If you do not wish to add any embellishments, you do not have to do anything further.

To customize your stole, please visit before March 16. 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. Stoles will be available for pick up with your academic regalia beginning April 15.

Class rings can be ordered at

Please contact the Bookstore at 740.376.4528 for additional information.

Community Resources

Places to Stay
Things to See & Do
Travel to Campus

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

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

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

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.

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 2019 will be held Thursday, April 4th, at 6:00 p.m., in Mills 107. A brief informational meeting about the competition will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m., in Mills 107. Additional Information concerning the competition can be found on the Jewett Prize page.