The Commencement of the Class of 2017


Sunday, May 21, 2017
8 a.m.
South Beach Field Eckerd College
Speaker: Frank Sesno, Emmy–award-winning journalist

Commencement offers us an opportunity to reflect upon the past and to look to the future. It is a time for families, friends, and all members of our college community to recognize and honor the achievements of our graduating students.

I invite one and all to join in celebrating the graduation of the Eckerd College Class of 2017. Students will receive their degrees Sunday, May 21 at 8 a.m. on the beautifully located Eckerd College South Beach Field, surrounded by Florida palms and gorgeous waterfront views.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jim Annarelli
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

The Venue
Commencement takes place right on campus at beautiful South Beach. With the stunning bay as the backdrop, families gather beneath an impressive tent to celebrate this wonderful occasion.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Senior Academic Awards for Residential*
Fox Hall
2-3:30 p.m.
*Due to space constraints in Fox Hall, this event is only for the award recipients and two members of their family. Award recipients have been notified via email.

PEL Graduation Celebration
Cobb Gallery
2:30-3:45 p.m.
Reception in honor of the graduates of the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL). PEL graduates, their families, and friends are invited to this event celebrating and recognizing the outstanding achievements of PEL seniors.

Wireman Chapel
4 p.m.
President Eastman will offer his major address to the Class of 2017 during this ecumenical service. All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend.

Dean of Students Celebration
Hough Quad
8 p.m. (Fireworks display over Chapel pond at 9:15 p.m.)
Graduates and their guests are invited to this dessert reception hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students. Reservations not needed.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Doughnuts and Coffee for Families Hosted by President Eastman & Executive Staff
South Beach Field
7 a.m.

Robing for Graduates, Faculty and Platform Party 
Hough Quad
7 a.m.

South Beach Field
8 a.m.

Graduation Reception (light refreshments)
South Beach Field
Immediately following ceremony