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Join us for commencement weekend May 14–15, 2016.

Commencement

On behalf of the Class of 2016, we invite you to celebrate the class's accomplishments during commencement weekend on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Commencement Speaker: Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16

Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, will deliver the commencement address at Colgate University’s 195th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

Manfred took over as MLB commissioner in January 2015 after serving as the organization’s executive vice president for labor relations and human resources (1998–2012) and chief operating officer (2012–2015). Throughout his tenure, Manfred has directed all aspects of collective bargaining with the Major League Baseball Players Association. He has sustained more than two consecutive decades of peace between players and management, negotiating the first pact in more than 30 years to be completed without a labor stoppage.

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Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, commissioner of Major League Baseball

Letter From the Class President

Dear families of the Class of 2016:

As young and fresh-out-of high school 18-year-olds just four years ago, the year 2016 seemed inconceivably distant. President Obama still had one more term in office, the MLB and NFL Giants were world champions of their respective sports, and as the summer of 2012 wound down, we had finally arrived at the magical campus of Colgate. Between now and then, the Class of 2016 has shared countless memories together. We have created friendships and relationships to last a lifetime, we immersed ourselves in new and challenging academic disciplines, and we were quick to call Hamilton, New York our second home. READ MORE
Preliminary Schedule

Saturday, May 14

Senior Awards Breakfast (by invitation)
8:30–10:00 a.m.

International Students and Families Drop-In Coffee Hour/Photo Booth
9:00 a.m.–Noon

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

10:15–11:15 a.m.

First Generation Lunch (by invitation)
Noon– 2:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service
2:30–4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass
Evening Entertainment
4:00 p.m.

Colgate Thirteen and Swinging ’Gates, Mantiphondrakes, Resolutions, and The Dischords perform
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Torchlight Ceremony

8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15

Formation of academic procession
9:30 a.m.

University Commencement
10:30 a.m.

Immediately following the ceremony, an ice cream social will be held for graduates, families, and faculty.
Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, commissioner of Major League Baseball
Speakers
Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, will deliver the commencement address at Colgate University’s 195th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients