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Commencement Schedule

Students in their robes at the torchlight ceremony with fireworks exploding in the sky behind them.

Saturday, May 16

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Senior Awards Breakfast
Cotterell Court
Breakfast for senior award recipients and their families, by invitation only.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Memorial Chapel
In recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement, selected seniors are inducted into the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Merrill House Lawn
Lunch for first generation seniors and their families, by invitation only.

2:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service
Memorial Chapel (Overflow seating in 105 Lawrence)

4:30 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Memorial Chapel

Evening Entertainment
Limited seating. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

7:30 p.m.
Musical performances
  • Colgate Thirteen and Swinging 'Gates, Memorial Chapel
  • Dischords, Love Auditorium
  • Mantiphondrakes, Golden Auditorium
  • Resolutions, Brehmer Theater
9:00 p.m.
Torchlight Ceremony
Academic Quad
Seniors gather on the Quad for a torchlight march.

Sunday, May 17

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Concession stand
Andy Kerr Stadium
Water, coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries available for purchase.

9:30 a.m.
Formation of academic procession
Under Dunlap Stands

10:30 a.m.
Sanford Field House (Overflow seating in Golden Auditorium)

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held for graduates, families, and faculty in Cotterell Court.