Claremont McKenna College confers degrees at three points during the calendar year: at the end of the summer, at the end of the fall semester, and at the end of the spring semester. We have one formal graduation ceremony each year, which takes place the Saturday after the end of final examinations in May. Students who complete graduation requirements in the middle of an academic year (summer and fall graduates) are welcome to participate in the commencement exercise the following May.
Detailed information about the upcoming May Commencement Ceremony is posted to the CMC Commencement page in the spring. Video of the previous ceremony is available on the site through the summer and fall.
A Graduation Portal is available beginning in early spring for students to review and provide commencement-related information. Seniors use the graduation portal to complete the Application to Graduate, provide height for cap and gown sizing, record name pronunciation, complete the Senior Survey, and more.
CMC selects a class Valedictorian and awards Latin honors at Commencement. Students may also be recommended for graduation with honors in the major. Visit the Honors section of the academic catalog for more information about these and other awards.
Each spring, the Claremont McKenna College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau of California, elects new members. View our Phi Beta Kappa page for information.
Students are encouraged to be proactive about keeping track of their progress toward graduation. Visit our academic catalog for detailed information about all the degree requirements for undergraduate students.