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On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the CGU community will join together to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2016. CGU's 89th commencement will be held at Mudd Quadrangle, located north of Honnold-Mudd Library at the southeast corner of Tenth Street and Darthmouth Avenue.

The ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding about 11:30 a.m., will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees to distinguished individuals, and greetings by university officials and our commencement speaker.  Tickets are not required.

Each graduating candidate is recognized by name and will walk across the stage to shake hands with either the provost, the president, or the chairperson of the board of trustees.  Doctoral and MFA candidates (CGU's terminal degrees) will be hooded on stage.  Immediately following the ceremony receptions will be held at various venues.


Honorary Degree Recipients 

Tim Brown, 2016 Honorary Degree Recipient

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the CEO and President of IDEO. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies. In 2009, he published a book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cecilia Conrad, 2016 Honorary Degree Recipient

Cecilia Conrad

Dr. Cecilia Conrad is the managing director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, which celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships. Before joining the foundation in January 2013, she was a professor and administrator at Pomona College. She served as Associate Dean (2004-07), Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean (2009-12), and Acting President in the fall of 2012. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College and Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Conrad received her BA degree from Wellesley College and her PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Jeffrey Gibson, 2016 Honorary Degree Recipient

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson is a Native American painter and sculptor based in Brooklyn, New York. His works engage issues of identity and history with intelligence, beauty, and originality. Combining elements of Native American art with modernist elements and pop culture references, he is known for his hybrid totems and atmospheric landscapes. The recipient of a Smithsonian Institution Contemporary and a 2012 TED Fellow, Gibson’s collections can be found at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, the School for Advanced Research in New Mexico, and the Denver Art Museum.


Distinguished Alumni Service Award


Jennifer Bergstrom

Jennifer Bergstrom

Jennifer Bergstrom is a second-generation Californian who grew up in San Bernardino. She received her BSc degree in microbiology, an EMBA from Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and retains current board licensure as a clinical laboratory scientist.

She spent her early professional career with Bio-Rad Laboratories in diagnostic product design and quality control as the US product manager in Anaheim, the UK marketing manager in Hertfordshire, England, and the European marketing manager at the headquarters in Brussels.  For the last 10 years, Bergstrom has been dedicated to directing two campaigns for the manufacture of an orphan drug used to treat infant botulism. During this time, she received two global service awards for work within and outside of Baxter Healthcare. She has served on the Alumni Board of the Drucker School and held the membership chair at the Brand Library Arts Center Board. Bergstrom has made generous commitments as a participant and author in CGU Colleagues. She has been a wonderful mentor to students, a consistent participant of CGU regional programming, and an outstanding community outreach partner. 


Student Speaker

Daniel Firpo

Daniel Raymond Tri Dang Firpo

Daniel Raymond Tri Dang Firpo is a PhD student in Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Information Systems and Technology. Active on campus in several student groups and clubs, Firpo is secretary of the Graduate Student Council. He also conducts research in CGU’s Social Learning Software Lab that focuses on how to use social networking software to enhance the learning experience in higher education settings. He earned his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles in computer science with minors in math and music and his master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Southern California.



Schedule of Events


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2016 Interfaith Baccalaureate Service of The Claremont Colleges

Friday, May 13, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Little Bridges, Pomona College
150 East 4th Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Speaker:  Milia Islam-Majeed, Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith Council.

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service is the opening ceremony for Commencement Weekend and the one event that brings together students, faculty, staff, friends and family members from all seven of The Claremont Colleges.


International Place Farewell Celebration

Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Claremont McKenna Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College
500 East 9th Street, Claremont CA 91711

Graduating and departing international students and scholars, and their families and friends are invited to a reception in their honor.  Join International Place for light refreshments as we say goodbye to our international friends.  For more information, contact International Place.





Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The 89th commencement exercises for Claremont Graduate University will be held in Mudd Quadrangle.  Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Rossi will preside over the ceremony.  Parking is available in designated areas around campus.  Plan to arrive early.

Location: Mudd Quadrangle, between Dartmouth and Columbia south of Tenth Street.
Street address for GPS:  231 East Tenth Street, Claremont 91711-3913

Contact:  Donna Standlea, Office of the President,, (909) 607-3305.




Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:30 a.m.

For information about school receptions, please check here

Please view our commencement map with reception locations to find event locations.



Future Commencement Dates

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019



Additional / Contact Information

Need additional information?  Please contact one of the following:

Ceremony - Donna Standlea,, (909) 607-3305

Degree Requirements - Edris Stuebner,, (909) 607-3370

Facilities - Patricia Stodola,, (909) 607-7765

Regalia - Susan Navarro,, (909) 607-5103


Commencement Archives

Click here to view the names and speeches of past CGU student speakers.


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