Commencement Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 14

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sayles Cafe snack bar open

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bookstore open 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visit the information table in Sayles-Hill Great Space to pick up current weekend schedules.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you have reserved a residence hall guest room, pick up your key at the table in Sayles-Hill Great Space.

9:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All graduating seniors are required to attend the commencement rehearsal in Skinner Chapel.

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Complimentary light lunch provided at the East Dining Hall

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Complimentary popcorn at the old fashioned popcorn wagon in front of Sayles-Hill

12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Annual exhibition featuring work in all media by graduating senior studio art majors, in the Perlman Teaching Museum, Weitz Center for Creativity.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Open house for TRIO students and their families at the TRIO House (216 College Street)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Dessert receptions with faculty at various campus locations:

  • Africana Studies on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)
  • American Studies on the lawn west of Goodsell Observatory (rain: Goodsell Observatory lobby)
  • Art & Art History on the lawn in front of Boliou Hall (rain: Boliou Hall main floor)
  • Asian Languages & Literatures in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Asian Studies the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Biology on the lawn in front of Hulings Hall (rain: Hulings Hall Atrium)
  • Chemistry on the lawn in front of Old Music Hall (rain: Old Music Hall main floor)
  • Cinema & Media Studies in the Weitz Center Commons
  • Classics in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Cognitive Science on the lawn north of Olin Hall (rain: Olin 102/104)
  • Computer Science on the patio between the Center for Math and Computing and Boliou Hall (rain: CMC lobby)
  • Dance in the Weitz Center Commons
  • Economics on the Burton Hall Terrace (rain: Sayles-Hill 251 & Atrium)
  • Educational Studies on the lawn west of Goodsell Observatory (rain: Goodsell Observatory lobby)
  • English on the lawn south of Laird Hall (rain: Laird Hall first floor)
  • Environmental Studies on the lawn west of Goodsell Observatory (rain: Goodsell Observatory lobby)
  • French in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Geology on the lawn in front of Old Music Hall (rain: Old Music Hall main floor)
  • German & Russian in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • History on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)
  • Latin American Studies in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Linguistics in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Mathematics & Statistics on the patio between the Center for Math and Computing and Boliou Hall (rain: CMC lobby)
  • Middle Eastern Languages in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Music in the Weitz Center Commons
  • Neuroscience on the lawn north of Olin Hall (rain: Olin 102/104)
  • Philosophy on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)
  • Physics & Astronomy on the patio between the Center for Math and Computing and Boliou Hall (rain: CMC lobby)
  • Political Science at the Alumni Guest House patio and meeting room
  • Psychology on the lawn north of Olin Hall (rain: Olin 102/104)
  • Religion on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)
  • Sociology and Anthropology on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)
  • Spanish in the Japanese Garden (rain: Watson Hall Lounge)
  • Theater Arts in the Weitz Center Commons
  • Women's & Gender Studies on the lawn south of Leighton Hall (rain: Leighton Hall main floor)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Garden party for graduating seniors and their families with President and Mrs. Poskanzer at Nutting House (or in the Weitz Center Commons in case of rain).

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Celebration for Posse Scholars and their families in Severance Great Hall.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
A cappella performances by student groups in Boliou 104.

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony and Reception in Skinner Chapel.

Saturday, June 15

In an effort to reduce waste, graduates and guests are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Water bottles can be filled in Hulings Hall, Skinner Chapel, or Sayles-Hill and water bottle refilling stations are located at both ends of the Bald Spot for your convenience. 

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Complimentary continental breakfast provided at the East Dining Hall 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
ALL Graduates must check in at tables between Boliou and Goodsell to avoid names being read as "in-absentia"

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bookstore open 

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sayles Cafe snack bar open

The Mortar Board Honors Society will have bouquets of flowers for families to purchase to honor their graduates. There will be a booth set up next to the Commencement Seating an hour prior to commencement for your convenience. Thanks for supporting Mortar Board, and congratulations to your student! 

8:50 a.m.
Graduates line up between Boliou and Goodsell

9:00 a.m.
Faculty line up between Laird and the Center for Math & Computing

9:20 a.m.
Academic Procession begins

9:30 a.m.
Commencement ceremony on the lawn west of Hulings Hall.  If weather conditions make it not possible to hold the ceremony outdoors, it will take place inside the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors. No tickets are required.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Complimentary box lunches provided west of Skinner Chapel. Please help us by disposing of your waste responsibly. Waste stations will have clearly marked receptacles where you can: 1) Recycle bottles and cans; 2) Donate uneaten, unopened food; 3) Compost all remaining lunch waste; and 4) Flatten and recycle your box. College staff will be on hand to provide assistance. Thank you for helping us with our sustainability efforts.

For two consecutive years, by using recyclable and compostable products we have been able to divert over 97% of waste.  That’s over 6,500 pounds of waste that did not end up in the landfill.


We wish everyone a pleasant afternoon and a safe journey home!

Congratulations to the Carleton Class of 2019!