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 Fall Graduation ceremony for students who complete their academic requirements before the spring.

2022 Commencement

Marietta College will celebrate the Class of 2022 with a traditional academic Commencement ceremony starting at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7th, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Doors open to the public at 11:00 a.m. We regret that we will be unable to host a reception following the ceremony; we hope you will be able to join us for the Strawberries and Crème brunch before the ceremony.

At this time, tickets are not required and there is no limit on the number of guests who can attend. However, this is subject to change based on federal, state, and local guidelines should circumstances warrant. Please check back frequently for updates.

For family and friends unable to attend Commencement, Marietta College will be live streaming the Commencement ceremony. The link will be available on this page the day of the event. Please contact the Records Office at records@marietta.edu or 740.376.4723 with any questions about commencement.

Accessible Parking & Seating

Accessible parking will be provided for the Commencement Ceremony in the Mass Media parking lot and behind the McDonough Center and Admission House. An official accessible identification sign or sticker must be visible in the vehicle. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttles will be available from the parking area to the DBRC entrance. If a shuttle is not present when you arrive or is needed from general parking, please call 740.376.3333 to request a pickup.

Accessibility seating will be available immediately behind the graduate seating area. Seating in this section is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is set-up for the individual needing accommodation and one or two other individuals. This area is NOT intended for large family groups; we ask that additional chairs not be moved into this area. A wheelchair will be available at the entrance for those who may need assistance navigating to the seating area.

Commencement Speaker

Matt Weekley '81

Matthew B. Weekley '81

Matt Weekley '81, who is completing his second year as Chair of the Marietta College Board of Trustees and who has been a member of the Board since 2015, will deliver the Commencement Address to the Class of 2022 on Saturday, May 7th.

After spending his early years in public accounting serving health care clients, Weekley became the CFO of a health system at 29. After more than 11 years in this role, Matt joined the accounting and consulting firm of Plante Moran, where he was promoted to partner and soon thereafter appointed leader of the firm’s national healthcare practice. His responsibilities included revenue growth, client satisfaction, serving on firm leadership committees, and supporting 25 partners and 200 staff across more than a dozen Plante Moran offices from Ohio to Colorado. Plante Moran is perennially listed in FORTUNE magazine’s list of “Best Companies to Work For” in America.

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

Strawberries and Crème

The Marietta College Alumni Association will be hosting the traditional Strawberries and Crème Brunch, honoring the Marietta College Class of 2022 on Saturday 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!

The buffet brunch will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fenton Court. Graduating Senior will receive complimentary tickets; additional tickets will $20 per person.

Postcards will be mailed to families with more information; graduates will receive updates via email.

Academic Regalia Orders

Navy blue cap and gown are required for all graduation ceremony participants. Payment of $60 will be due when regalia is picked up. The remainder of the cost is covered by the College.

In addition to the navy cap, gown, and tassel, undergraduates will wear white satin stoles embroidered with “Class of 2022” and the College seal. The cost of the stole is included in the amount noted above. Class rings can be ordered at https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1049053/Marietta-college/. Announcements and diploma frames can be ordered at herff.ly/marietta.

Please contact the Marietta College Bookstore at 740.376.4528 for additional information.

GradFest — April 19th

GradFest will take place in upper Gilman and the Bookstore from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Prospective graduates will have the opportunity to verify that you are on track to complete your degree requirements; confirm that your student account is clear to release your diploma and official transcripts; verify the proper pronunciation of your name; and learn about the great services available through the Career Center and the Alumni Office. You will also be entered to win raffle prizes and can pick up your cap & gown ($60 due at time of pick-up). You can even make an appointment to have your gown steamed so you will look your best on May 7th.

Jewett Speech Competition

The Jewett Speech Competition is one of the oldest commencement traditions at Marietta College. The first and second-place winners of the Jewett competition will present their speeches in-person at the commencement ceremony.

The contest to choose the Jewett speakers for the class of 2022 will be held in the spring. Additional information concerning the competition can be found on the Jewett Prize page or by contacting Dr. Shim (cs009@marietta.edu) or Dr. Clemens (cmc004@marietta.edu).

Commencement Photography

Bruce Heflin Photography will be taking photographs for purchase of each graduate as they receive their diploma and cap & gown photos, as well as candid photos throughout the ceremony. Graduates will be receiving a QR code prior to the ceremony that will allow them to register up to 14 cell phone numbers and/or email addresses where candid images will be sent the day of the ceremony. This is a great way to include friends and family who cannot attend. No purchase is required to participate in sharing of candid photos.

Celebrate Your Graduate!

The Commencement Group will be on site with a variety of graduation gifts available for purchase to celebrate this milestone in your graduate’s life.

To further contribute to a safe and efficient experience, we are strongly encouraging customers to take advantage of the online pre-order service. We will have a contact-free customer experience for guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product. The pre-order link is: https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/mariettacollege/

Commencement Documents

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