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Commencement

Colgate celebrated Commencement weekend with the Class of 2016, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, delivered the address at Colgate University’s 195th graduation ceremony.

Class of 2016

The Colgate university Class of 2016 saw 677 students receive their bachelor’s degree on May 15, 2016. One student was awarded the degree of Master of Arts and four students were awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching.

Valedictorian

Rachel Louise Goldberg
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Hometown: Westlake Village, California

Salutatorian

Sean Benjamin Foster
  • Major: Physics
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Hometown: Boxborough, Massachusetts

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

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

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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

Contact Information

If you have questions please contact Michele Carney, commencement coordinator, at 315-228-7425 or mcarney@colgate.edu.

Future Dates

Please use this schedule of upcoming commencement dates to help with planning.
  • May 21, 2017
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 17, 2020