2015 Commencement Ceremony Now Available on YouTube

CLASS OF 2016 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Commencement Ceremony on the Olin Great Lawn

The 2016 ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. (sharp) on the Olin College Great Lawn. Each graduate will be called to the stage by name to receive his/her degree. A photographer will be recording the event. Information on how to obtain these photographs will available through the Communication Office following Commencement. Guests are encouraged to wear business casual attire to commencement events. 

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, May 14

3:30 pm

Celebrating Student Achievement

Norden Auditorium

4-6 pm

President's Reception

Olin Oval and Campus Center

Sunday, May 15

Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:

12:00 pm

Guests requiring assistance

12:15 pm

Class of 2016 families

12:30 pm

Alumni and other invited guests (e.g., President's Council)

12:45 pm

Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019

The Ceremony will take place as follows:

1:00 pm

Ceremony begins

2:30 pm

Ceremony ends and a reception follows in the Oval

Commencement Speaker 

Thomas L. Friedman

Olin College 2016 Commencement SpeakerThomas Friedman, an internationally known author and journalist, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times.  His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity and energy.

Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989, a revised edition was released in December 2012. The Lexus and the Olive Tree, winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best non-fiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, issued in April 2005 and updated in 2006 and 2007, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was released in 2011.

For his coverage of the Middle East, Mr. Friedman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and 1988 for international reporting. He was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for “his clarity of vision…in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.” In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

Read Mr. Friedman's speech here