Students celebrating at Commencement


Commencement 2023

The Commencement Ceremony provides a capstone to a weekend full of concerts, receptions, and other events that showcase and celebrate the achievements of the graduates and their time at Grinnell.

  • Backs of graduates seated together, one wearing white fairy wings

    Monday, May 22, 2023
    10 a.m. CDT (-5:00 UTC) 
    Central Campus

    The 2023 ceremony was streamed live for those unable to attend. Watch a recording of the complete ceremony here, or visit our 2023 Commencement playlist to view the Commencement address by Ham Serunjogi ’16, President Anne F. Harris’ Charge to the Graduates, and the honorary degree recipients’ acceptance remarks.

    You can find videos from past Commencement ceremonies on the Grinnell College YouTube channel.

The Ceremony

  • Seniors in full academic regalia applaud at 2022 Commencent ceremony


    Join Commencement Online

    We welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us online to celebrate Commencement. We stream each Commencement ceremony live. We post a full set of videos from the most recent ceremony on our YouTube channel.

    Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and join the conversation: #Grinnell2023 and #GoForthGrinnellian

  • Ham Serunjogi


    Ham Serunjogi ’16: Speaker at 2023 Commencement Ceremony

    Grinnell College was pleased to invite Ham Serunjogi ’16, the co-founder and CEO of Chipper Cash, to speak at the 2023 Commencement Ceremony on May 22. As CEO, Serunjogi heads Chipper Cash’s Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for leading the company’s overall direction and strategy.  

    Past Commencement Speakers

  • Redbuds on North Campus


    2023 Honorary Degree Recipients

    Grinnell College is honored to recognize exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields of expertise. During the ceremony, the College will bestow honorary degrees upon distinguished scholars in social studies, science, and the humanities.

  • Post-commencement picnic


    2023 Commencement Picnic

    Monday, May 22, 2023
    Following the Commencement Ceremony  
    Cleveland Beach

    Following the Commencement ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to join a picnic lunch. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served in the athletic center.

  • Speaker at podium in Herrick Chapel speaking to seniors and guests, laural leaf banners in the background


    2023 Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Sunday, May 21, 2023
    9–11 a.m. CDT
    Herrick Chapel

    “Baccalaureate is a farewell, a leave-taking.” — Professor Katya Gibel Mevorach, 2017 Grinnell College Baccalaureate

    Baccalaureate is open to all graduates, families, and friends. The ceremony celebrates our seniors and their accomplishments as they prepare for the next part of their Grinnell journey.


  • Gale Observatory

    Open House

    Observatory Open House

    Sunday, May 21, 2023
    9:15 p.m. CDT
    Gale Observatory

    All are invited to an observatory open house hosted by Robert Cadmus, professor emeritus of physics. Informal tours will be provided. The observatory was opened in 1984 and is an especially valuable facility for a small liberal arts college. Designed by Woodburn and O’Neil of Des Moines, the building is a 38-by-55-foot structure rising 26 feet to the top of the dome.

    Learn More about the Gale Observatory

  • bouquet of red roses


    Gifts for Graduates

    Flowers, commemorative T-shirts, and graduation gifts are available to order online and pick up at the event.

    You can also find many Grinnell College gifts at the Pioneer Bookshop, Grinnell College’s bookstore.

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