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.

2021 Commencement

Marietta College plans to celebrate the Class of 2021 with a traditional academic Commencement ceremony in May 2021, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, providing circumstances allow. Date and time will be announced when the full Spring 2021 academic calendar has been finalized.

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

Please check back frequently for updates.

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, 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.

Commencement Speaker

To Be Announced

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

Academic Regalia Orders

Navy blue cap and gown is required for all graduation ceremony participants. New this year, you will submit your cap and gown size information along with your online graduation application, submitted through Self-Service in the MyMarietta Portal.

Payment of $30 will be due when regalia is picked up. The remainder of the cost is covered by the College.

In addition to navy cap, gown, and tassel, undergraduates will wear white satin stoles embroidered with “Class of 2021” 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 12. Payment for any customization will be due at the time of placing your online order. All participants who do not order customizations by March 12 will receive the standard stole. Stoles will be available for pick up with your academic regalia in April.

Class rings can be ordered at

Please contact the Bookstore at 740.376.4528 for additional information.

Community Resources

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. More information about the contest to choose the two Jewett speakers for the Class of 2021 will be included in your graduation packet in early February. Additional Information concerning the competition can be found on the Jewett Prize page.

Important Commencement Documents