Commencement 2022

General Information

Commencement ceremony during COVID-19

We are planning a live, in-person ceremony for graduates and their guests for Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11 a.m.  Due to COVID-19, commencement planning is subject to change and plans may have to be revised at any time. Please check this site often for updates and contact the Conference and Events Planning office if you have questions.

Commencement at Reed College

Reed confers graduates with their actual diplomas 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 very rarely made.

If a senior does not meet all of these requirements by the Friday before commencement, that student will not be eligible to participate in commencement unless a petition to do so has been approved. However, students who miss the deadline will be eligible to participate in the next year's ceremony after completing all requirements.

The college holds one commencement ceremony per year. Spring-Fall graduates are invited to return to campus in May to participate in commencement.

Special access needs

Reed's Commencement ceremony will take place outside under a tent. There is a paved side Please contact the Conference and Events Planning office if you need any type of accommodation or if you have specific questions. The ceremony will have ASL interpreters. 

Graduation photos

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

Cap and gown

Caps and gowns for the ceremony are provided to the graduates by the college.  An email order form will be sent to seniors in March, and responses must be registered by April 11th. All orders include a cap and tassel, which are the student's own to keep. The robe is returned after the ceremony. MALS degree graduates receive the degree hood at the commencement ceremony, which is the student's own to keep.

Video information

The ceremony will be recorded and available to watch online.  More information will be sent to the community about how to watch the ceremony in April.

Ordering graduation announcements

Graduation announcement information will be available from Herff Jones in Feburary 2022. 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-specific graduation items for sale online.


Actual diplomas will be conferred at the ceremony. Graduates who do not attend can make arrangements to have diplomas picked up at the registrar's office or mailed.

Other events planned

Individual departments may plan their own celebrations. Events will be listed on our campus calendar,, closer to May.