CMC commencement

Seventy is a nice, solid round number and will be forever memorable to the Claremont McKenna College Class of 2017 as Saturday, May 13 – a beautiful spring day – marked the College’s 70th annual Commencement ceremony.

Graduates convened on Pritzlaff Field to prelude music from the Artisan Brass Quintet. Many seemed to have a quiet glow about them; one that comes from knowing four years of hard, rewarding work is over and the next exciting phase of their lives is about to begin.

Claremont McKenna College announced today that Wes Moore, a decorated Army combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, best-selling author, and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focused on closing gaps in college completion and career opportunities, will be CMC’s 2017 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, at Claremont McKenna College and will mark the 70th CMC Commencement.


Professor of Literature Henri Cole presented the "Land of Never-ending Holes" during the 2016 Claremont McKenna College Commencement.


I don’t want you to leave.

I don’t want you to leave this world I so love, where
underbrush, jackrabbits,
     and the desert press in on us.

CMC 2016 Commencement

New Yorker Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick was the keynote speaker at the CMC’s 69th Annual Commencement.

Remnick, who received an honorary degree from the College, discussed “dissent, speech and politics,” recalling political protest and dissent when he was in college and comparing that time with what he sees today.

Phi Beta Kappa Sign
Photo by Chris Pham, via Flickr

In the lead-up to Commencement, 29 graduates were honored as Phi Beta Kappa members at an initiation ceremony and dinner on May 12 at the Athenaeum.

David Remnick

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and host of the award-winning magazine’s new radio show and podcast, will deliver the 2016 Commencement address at Claremont McKenna College’s 69th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Commencement 2015

Critically acclaimed author Azar Nafisi was the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna’s 68th Annual Commencement Ceremony, held May 16 on Pritzlaff Field.

Nafisi, who also received an honorary degree from CMC, urged graduates to use their liberal arts education to disrupt or “disturb the peace” and avoid complacency. “This is the main function of knowledge,” she said. “It is here to … provoke you to not only question the world but in fact pose yourselves as a question mark, to shed your prejudices, your assumptions, your presumptions about the world.”

Diligence and hard work don’t go unnoticed at CMC. At the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the School recognizes students selected into the Robert Day Scholars Program by hosting an annual dinner to celebrate their accomplishments – the latest held at the California Club in Los Angeles on April 16.

Critically acclaimed author Azar Nafisi will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna’s 68th Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 on Pritzlaff Field.