Commencement Information

The Scripps College 85th Annual Commencement will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:00pm on Elm Tree Lawn.

Commencement 2015 Information

Scripps College Commencement exercises will be held on May 16, 2015, and there are a number of important steps that need to be completed before walking down Elm Tree Lawn. This page will be updated frequently with new information, so please check here first if you have any questions about Commencement.


Watch the livestream of Commencement here at 5pm.

Audio Recording Name Pronunciation

Students participating in Commencement will have the ability to record their name pronunciations directly through the Academic Portal. You may also stop by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office to record the pronunciation of your name.

Accessibility and Language Services

Please notify the Office of Public Events to request accommodations for any guests who have accessibility needs. This might include language assistance, hearing assistance, ASL interpretation, wheelchair seating, disabled parking, etc. A map showing disabled parking areas and wheelchair access routes on campus can be found here. Please note that the Humanities Auditorium will also be set up with a live feed of the ceremony on Elm Tree Lawn for individuals who may have difficulties with outdoor seating. The auditorium will be air conditioned and is wheelchair accessible.

Scripps College makes available a wireless audio system for simultaneous Spanish interpretation of the Commencement ceremony. Please notify the Office of Public Events to reserve headsets for any guests who would like to hear the live Spanish language broadcast of the ceremony. If there is a sufficient number of requests for interpretation services for a language other than Spanish, the College will try to accommodate those requests. The service is offered at no charge, but a piece of identification will be required to pick up a headset


Parking will be at a premium Commencement Weekend. Parking is available in the following locations:

Tiernan Field House Parking Garage

Steele Hall Parking Lot

Performing Arts Center Parking Lot

Along 11th Street, 10th Street, Columbia Ave. and 9th Street

Additional handicap parking spaces will be available along 9th Street, in Revelle Parking Lot and next to Wilbur Residence Hall off of Amherest.

Locations can be viewed at

Commencement Portraits

A photo of your Scripps College graduate at commencement will be available for your purchase after graduation. You’ll find images of your graduate departing Dennison Library (through doors opened only twice a year – for the first-year class and the graduating class) as well as images of your graduate immediately after receiving her diploma.
The photographer, enhanced security system allows you access to your graduate’s images when you submit a $10 credit card payment. When you do this you will receive a $20 credit towards your purchase. When you purchase within the first three days these images are online, you’ll receive another 10% discount. The path to images of your graduation starts here:

In addition, there will be a Photo-Op Center where one member of each graduate’s guests may take a personal photo of their graduate as they cross the stage to receive their diploma.  During Commencement Rehearsal each graduate will receive one photo ticket which their designated guest must present to use the Photo-Op Center.​ is an independent company for whom Scripps provides exclusive access to facilities during the week of Commencement. Scripps College cannot influence pricing, policy or product availability.

Cap and Gown Pick-up Schedule

Cap and Gown pick-up will be held in the North/South Meeting Rooms in the Malott Commons Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please enter the meeting rooms through Stewart Court on the west side of the Commons. Caps and gowns must be returned immediately after the Commencement ceremony in front of the Tiernan Field House. Please contact Career Planning & Resources with any questions about cap and gown pick-up/return.

Commencement Rehearsal

A mandatory rehearsal for graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, 2015. It is extremely important that you arrive at Denison Library by 4:30 p.m. to get your number and line up so that rehearsal can end by 6:00 p.m. In addition to running through the Commencement ceremony basics, we will be making last-minute procedural announcements and handing out the numbers your family will need to access the Commencement ceremony photo platform on Saturday. Caps and gowns are not needed for rehearsal

Senior Class Photo

Don’t forget to arrive at the Wood Steps at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 for the senior class photo. The photo will be taken with caps and gowns, so please be prepared. The class will move directly from the photo to lining up for the Commencement processional

Commencement Ceremony

The Scripps College Commencement ceremony is on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are NOT required for the ceremony. Seating is open and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating begins at 3:30 p.m. Seats may not be saved. Seats have been reserved for those who have contacted the Public Events office and requested accommodations for disabilities. All members of a party must be present to occupy a seat.

Click here for a complete schedule of events happening during Commencement weekend.


A small reception will be available on Jaqua Quadrangle, above Elm Tree Lawn, immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

Celebration Dinner Dance

A Celebration Dinner Dance will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. You will receive 3 complimentary tickets, 1 for yourself and 2 for guests.  Advance pick-up of tickets is required; tickets will not be sold at the door. These tickets can be picked up May 14th, or 15th from the North/South Meeting Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are non-replaceable and non-refundable. Each dinner dance ticket comes with a complimentary drink ticket. Complimentary drink tickets can be used for alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages. Cash can be used to purchase additional drinks. Scripps requests that guests do not bring their own alcohol to the event.

Please be advised that during the Dinner Dance, anyone looking less than 21 years old may be asked to provide valid photo identification to obtain an alcoholic beverage. Families may not bring their own alcoholic beverages into the dinner dance.


Changes or updates to Commencement information can be found here as they become available, or you may contact:

The Public Events Office
(909) 607-1870

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating your success.