Commencement 2016

Important Information

Commencement at Reed College

Unlike other institutions, Reed confers graduates with their actual diploma at commencement. All requirements (college, departmental, divisional, and P.E.) must be met in order for a student to participate in the commencement ceremony. Exceptions are not made.

If a senior does not meet all of these requirements by the Friday before commencement, that student will not able able to walk at commencement. However, students who miss the deadline will be eligible to participate in the next year's ceremony after completing all requirements.


The commencement breakfast will not be ticketed; cash and credit cards will be accepted at the door.

The commencement ceremony is not a ticketed event.

The kickoff celebration dinner on Sunday, May 15 requires tickets. Each graduating student will receive a complimentary ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased throughout the weekend at the information center for $20 per adult, $10 per child ages 3-10.

Purchase kickoff dinner tickets

Event Information & Schedule

Please see the schedule of events. If you have further questions, please contact the Conference and Events Planning office at 503/777-7522 or via e-mail at


On-campus parking for commencement is limited, and attendees are encouraged not to park on neighborhood streets.

Parking on campus is available in the East, West, and North lots. Overflow parking, with shuttles, is available at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden at SE 28th and SE Woodstock; the parking lot on the NE corner of SE 28th and SE Steele Streets; and at the Reedwood Friends Church at SE 29th and SE Steele. Overflow parking areas will be clearly marked. Shuttles between parking lots and the commencement area will operate from 8-11 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Community safety officers will direct you as parking lots fill.

Handicapped-accessible parking near the commencement tent is also limited. Shuttle services may be used, or guests with special needs may be dropped off by the commencement tent near the main college entrance at SE Woodstock Blvd. Community safety officers will direct you. Golf cart shuttles will be available to assist people from the parking lot drop off area to the commencement tent.

Special Access Needs

Please call 503/777-7522 or e-mail the CEP office if you or anyone in your party requires special-access seating under the tent for the commencement ceremony. An ASL interpreter will be on stage during the ceremony. Golf cart shuttles will be available to assist people from the parking lot drop off area (Eliot Circle) to the commencement tent.


Several nearby hotels offer discounted rates for Reed College friends and family. Ask for the "Reed College" rate when booking. Visit the Reed Lodging Guide for a complete hotel listing.


The commencement eve celebration, commencement ceremony and commencement reception are held outdoors under a tent, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly and come prepared for Oregon weather, which can be cool and rainy or warm and sunny in May. Suggestions include: an umbrella, jacket/sweater, hat, water-proof shoes. Also be sure to bring a re-fillable water bottle (or purchase one at the bookstore). We will have a water station available at the ceremony.

Graduation Photos

Grad Images photographed each graduate during the commencement ceremony. You may view proofs on their website or by mail. To order, call 800/261-2576. Photos should be available by late May or early June.

Cap & Gown

Cap and gown are provided to the graduates complimentary for the ceremony. Measurements must be given to the Conference and Events Planning office by April 11. An email with a link to a simple electronic form will be sent to all eligible seniors. All orders include a cap and tassel which are the student's to keep. The robe is returned after the ceremony. MALS degree graduates receive the degree hood at the commencement ceremony, and is the student's to keep.

Video information

The ceremony will be recorded. You can pre-order a video of the commencement ceremony at the bookstore.

Ordering Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcement information will be available from Herff Jones. You may order graduation announcements online at Herff Jones, or call 800/442-4696

Graduation gifts

Reed's bookstore has class rings and other Reed graduation items for sale online.