Tentative Schedule of Events – Class of 2023

Following is a tentative schedule of events and commencement ceremony program for the Class of 2023, please note that the schedule/program are subject to change:

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Noon–1:30 p.m. PDT: Graduate’s Lunch | outside, Strauss Plaza
Students, faculty and staff only, no tickets or RSVP needed

3 p.m. PDT: Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal for Seniors | Meet on the lawn between Kingston Hall and the Shanahan Center

Sunday, May 14, 2023

11:00 a.m. PDT:  Commencement tent “opens” | Mudd Quadrangle

1:30 p.m. PDT: Commencement Ceremony | Mudd Quadrangle
For those unable to attend, a Livestream of the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. PDT on the HMC website.

This event is open to all friends and families of the graduates. No tickets are required. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to cheer their accomplishments.

3:30 p.m. PDT: Commencement Reception | R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning

Program for Commencement Ceremony


“Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D, Trio,” Sir Edward Elgar


Jim Bean ’77, Chair, Board of Trustees

The National Anthem

“The Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key


Maria M. Klawe, President

Henry T. Mudd Prize

Maria M. Klawe

Student Keynote


Keynote Address


Conferring of Degrees


Jim Bean ’77 Chair, Board of Trustees

Presentation of Candidates

Tom Donnelly, Vice President for Academic Affairs and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty

Awarding of Diplomas

Maria M. Klawe

Welcome to Alumni Association

Gregory P. Rae ’00, President, Alumni Association

President’s Address

Maria M. Klawe


“The Rondeau,” Jean-Joseph Mouret
The audience will remain standing allowing academic procession to exit the ceremony site first.


R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning

The Commencement Marshals

Bearer of the Mace
Trustee Marshals
Faculty Marshals
Student Affairs Marshals
Student Marshals