Some will continue on to other prestigious universities to continue their educations, others will join the work force ready to apply the skills they learned at the Claremont Colleges. And for others, graduation means so much more.
On Saturday, nearly a dozen friends and family members, including one who flew in from Paris, gleefully waited to congratulate 27-year-old Koffi Rene Yves Kouassi of West Covina when he graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor of arts in government.
"He's had some tough times but he's made it and we're proud of what he's been able to do," said Kouassi's cousin, Regis Kouassi, as he and another cousin, Lydie Kouassi, the visitor from France, waited for the commencement ceremony to end at Pritzlaff Field.
Also helping to start Koffi Kouassi's new chapter in his life was his 2-week-old son.
Officials at the Claremont Colleges take pride in what they describe as providing their broad student body with a varied education but with a very personal approach.
"We are with you throughout your life whether you are here or anywhere in the world," Claremont McKenna College President Pamela B. Gann said Saturday.
The majority of the graduations took place Saturday. Commencement ceremonies were conducted for Claremont McKenna, Claremont Graduate University, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life and Science, and Scripps College.
Harvey Mudd College will hold its 55th commencement at 1:30 p.m. today in the Mudd Quadrangle. Nobel laureate Carl Weisman, the 2001 Noble Prize recipient for physics, will be the commencement speaker.
Nearly 400 students will be graduating from Pomona College at ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. today in the Marston Quadrangle. Walter Issacson, journalist and best-selling author, will be the commencement speaker.
The graduations this year also mark the start of a new chapter for Claremont Lincoln University, which opened in 2011. The new school's first 10 graduates will receive their degrees at ceremonies Tuesday morning.
The new university offers Christian, Jewish and Muslim graduate schools as well as Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Sikh and humanist programs.