Commencement will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Live streaming will be available for those not able to attend.
2017 Commencement Speaker
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be the featured speaker at Occidental College’s 135th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.
To the Families of 2017 Degree Candidates:
As you begin to make your plans for attending Occidental College's 2017 Commencement ceremonies, I would like to share some important information with you. The enclosed schedule of events and listing of practical information should help facilitate your arrangements for this momentous occasion in the life of your student and your family.
This page is for the families of all students who in the ordinary course of events would qualify for graduation on Sunday, May 21. I urge you to keep in close touch with your student during the coming months concerning his or her academic progress since the College catalog states that all graduation requirements must be fulfilled before a student can participate in the Commencement exercises.
This year's Commencement exercises will begin in Hillside Theater with the processional at 8:45 a.m. for Commencement to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. I hope that you will plan to attend the other events during Commencement week as well, including Baccalaureate and the President's brunch for graduates and their families.
Please note that seating inside Hillside Theater is limited. Each student will be given wristbands for seven guests at the Commencement ceremony. No one will be allowed in the theater without a wristband. Please be in touch with your student about wristbands. Wristbands are not required for other events during Commencement weekend, but reservations are needed for some events. Please see the schedule of events for details.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I hope you and the members of your family will be able to join us in sharing the pride and satisfaction that Commencement brings to us -- the students, faculty, trustees, administration, staff, and all who are associated with Occidental College.
Assistant Director of Events for the President, Office of the President