2020 Commencement Schedule of Events

Our campus map shows locations for events on Harvey Mudd College and the commencement ceremony itself.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Lavender Graduation, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the Queer Resources Center (QRC) Pomona College
  • Ceremony location:  Benson Auditorium 1050 N. Mills Avenue 
  • Speaker: Nick Daily, former Assistant Director of OBSA and Founder of LuvServedDaily Consulting
  • Reception following ceremony

Friday, May 15, 2020

Annual Dr. Agnes Moreland Jackson Service Awards and Black Graduation, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the Office of Black Student Affairs
  • Ceremony Location: Seaver Theatre, Pomona College 300 E. Bonita Avenue
  • Speaker:  Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran ’69, President Emerita Kalamazoo College/Pomona Board of Trustees 
  • Reception immediately following ceremony

The Claremont Colleges Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the McAlister Center For Religious Activities
  • Location: Little Bridges auditorium, 150 East 4th Street
  • Speaker: Maryam Amirebrahimi, Women’s Rights Activist & Writer
  • Reception: 4:30 – 5 p.m.

International Student Graduation Celebration, 4 – 6 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the International Students and Scholars Office, HMC
  • Location: Platt Living Room, Platt Campus Center
  • Graduating and departing international students, scholars, their friends and families are invited to a reception in their honor.
  • RSVP to ereal@hmc.edu

7C Asian American/Pacific Islander Graduation, 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the 7-C Asian American Resource Center
  • Location: Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College
  • Speaker: Lee Ann Wang, Assistant Prof. Asian American Studies and Social Welfare at UCLA, Scripps College Alumni
  • Dinner following graduation celebration

Reception for Seniors and Families With Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees, 6 – 7 p.m.

Chicano/a Latino/a Graduation, 7 – 9 p.m.

  • Sponsored by Office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs
  • Location: Garrison Theater- Scripps College
  • Speaker: Leisy Abrego ’97, UCLA Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies Department: Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, Pomona College Grad
  • Reception preceding graduation, 5–7 p.m.
  • Visit the Chicano Latino Student Affairs page to register

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Graduate’s Lunch and Program, Noon–1:30 p.m.

  • Location: Linde Activity Center (families invited, no RSVP or tickets necessary)

Academic Department Receptions, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

  • Biology- Big Oak Tree lawn
  • Chemistry- Hixon Court
  • Computer Science- Shakespeare Plaza & Sprague Gallery, Shanahan Center
  • Engineering- Platt Living Room
  • Mathematics- SkyCube (Shanahan 3460)
  • Physics- Keck-Jacobs Courtyard

Graduates’ Commencement Rehearsal, 3–4 p.m.

  • Rehearsal is mandatory for graduates
  • Line-up location: Kingston and Shanahan Center sidewalks

President’s Reception for Graduates and Families, 4–5:30 p.m.

  • Graduates, families, faculty and staff are invited
  • Location: Garrett House

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Brunch Service, 10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

  • Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
  • No reservation is needed, $15 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted)

Commencement, 1:30–3:15 p.m.

  • Location: Mudd Quadrangle, Tenth St. and Dartmouth Ave. (There is plenty of seating in the shade, no tickets required)
  • Speaker: Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University Artificial Intelligence lab and Professor in the Computer Science Department
  • Commencement Live Stream begins at 1:15 p.m. The processional will precede the official ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

Reception, 3:30 p.m.

  • Location: R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, lawn