Commencement 2016

When you hear the bagpipes and the expectant hush of a proud audience of parents, families, and friends, Commencement at Menlo College begins. Members of the Prince Charles Pipe Band lead a grand Processional including the marching Color Guard, honoraries, faculty, and a stream of students in their cap and gowns to the center of the Quad. It’s a milestone ceremony you won’t want to miss as you listen to the memories of the valedictorians, student leaders, and dignitaries.

After the candidates receive their diplomas, the event culminates when the graduates turn their tassels to the other side of their caps. Thunderous applause ensues along with a memorable splash of confetti. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 at Menlo College.

Keynote Speakers

L. Gregory BallardGregory Ballard

L. Gregory Ballard is the senior vice president of Social, Mobile and Emerging Platforms at Warner Brothers. He leads and oversees the business and strategy of the studio’s mobile games business worldwide.

Learn more about Gregory Ballard

NoViolet Bulawayo Menlo College Commencement 2016NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2014 PEN-Hemingway Award, the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014.

Learn more about NoViolet Bulawayo

Honorary Degree Recipient

Stanford Business School Consulting Professor and author Harold Irving Grousbeck.

Learn more about Harold Irving Grousbeck

Before Commencement

Attention Graduating Seniors! Fill out the Graduate Information Form.

Wonder what you need to do before the commencement? Click here to find out more.

For important dates and deadlines click here.

Menlo College Commencement 2016Day of Commencement

Saturday, May 7, 11 am in the Quad

Here is an overview of what will happen on the big day

After Commencement

You’ve graduated, take the next steps towards a job

Visiting Menlo College for Commencement Day?

Commencement guests are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool to the campus.  Parking is available on a first-come, first served basis. No dogs allowed.

Honor your graduate on May 7 with a flower lei from Hawaii, courtesy of the Hawai`i Club. Three types of fresh leis will be available for sale from 9 am to 1 pm (or until sold out).  Look for their booth in front of the Campus Store.

For more info​rmation contact:

Cindy McGrew, Director of Academic Affairs Operations 1000 El Camino Real Atherton, CA 94027-4301 650.543.3940

Join the Fun on Twitter. Follow all of the Commencement 2016 activities, or join in the fun yourself, using #menlocommencement on Twitter.


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Planning to start at Menlo Fall 2016?

Click here to pay your enrollment deposit. (New students only)

Deadline: May 1st