Claremont Graduate University’s 97th Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 11, 2024 9:00AM (Pacific Time)

Great news! Claremont Graduate University is happy to announce CGU’s 97th annual commencement ceremony plans. The celebration will be a tremendous on-the-ground event.

The theme for this year’s event is Having the Courage, which Maya Angelou once described as “the most important of all the virtues.” Having the Courage refers to being present, daring, consistent, and authentic and is reflected in persevering, moving forward, imagining possibilities, and showing up and speaking up when it really matters.

Ceremony Information

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Mudd Quadrangle
Address: 170 E. 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Joy Freyd

Alumni President Speaker
Steven Kim

Student Speaker
Jennifer P. Villalobos


Event Livestream and Photography

The CGU ceremony will be simulcast in Albrecht Auditorium and livestreamed online on the day of Commencement. (Join the livestream at 9am PST.)

Livestream Link


General Information


Getting Here

Claremont Graduate University
150 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711

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The commencement ceremony site is on the southeast corner of 10th Street and Dartmouth Avenue.




Campus parking is limited. Plan on parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. Do not block driveways. Call a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft if you need assistance getting from your parking spot to campus. There are special street closures in place for Commencement. View the map for drop-off and parking locations. Limited handicapped parking is available at the McAllister Parking Lot easily accessible at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street. A valid handicapped placard is required.

View the CGU parking map


Post-Ceremony Celebrations

Following the ceremony, graduates and their families are invited to a celebration at the graduate’s school. For celebration location information, see the campus map in the program.


Information for Graduates

For information about participation, regalia, deadlines, and more, visit the Graduates Commencement page.