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

Noon–1:30 p.m. PDTGraduates’ LunchLinde Activity Center (LAC).

Students, families, faculty and staff are welcome, no tickets or RSVP needed.
1:30–2:45 p.m. PDTAcademic Department Dessert Receptions.Strauss Plaza
3 p.m. PDTMandatory Commencement Rehearsal for SeniorsMeet on the lawn between Kingston Hall and the Shanahan Center.
4 p.m. PDTPresident’s Reception for Graduates and FamiliesOak Tree Law
Saturday, May 13, 2023
11 a.m. PDTCommencement tent “opens.”Mudd Quadrangle.
1:30 p.m. PDTCommencement CeremonyMudd 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. PDTCommencement ReceptionR. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning.
Sunday, May 14, 2023

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

Michael Ellison, entrepreneur, educator and CEO and co-founder of CodePath.

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

Reading of Candidate Names

Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid

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