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Information for Seniors

Student hugging a family member in joy at commencement.

Accounts

Outstanding tuition bills/fines/equipment must be resolved. You will receive a hold letter at the end of April. All outstanding monies must be paid/cleared by May 9. Please do not call during senior week requesting to pay by credit card over the phone. Students with any outstanding balance will not receive grades or transcripts. Students with significant balances will have their diplomas withheld along with grades and transcripts. Pay early to avoid complications with your graduation process.
(Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.)

Announcements

Seniors can order their graduation announcements online:

Health Records

The university will maintain your health records for seven years (10 years for immunization records only). Once you are settled somewhere and you would like a summary of these records, you should submit a written request and include your name, date of birth, Colgate ID, and the name and address of where the records should be sent. Dr. Merrill Miller will withhold any sensitive information if you request it.

Housing Keys

Your parents have received information regarding housing, activities, and the commencement schedule. Confirmation will go out the first week of May about specific housing arrangements. Seniors pick up keys for parents at Residential Life in the week before commencement.

Indoor Viewing Facilities (No Ticket Required)

Due to limited seating in Sanford Field House, we will provide additional seating with closed-circuit access to the ceremony at Little Hall in Golden Auditorium. This room will be open at 9:00 a.m. the day of the ceremony.

News Releases

As commencement is a major milestone in your life — and is newsworthy to your hometown — we encourage you to announce your accomplishments by sending a press release to your local newspaper. Download a sample release and instructions.

Reserving Cap/Gown

This year caps and gowns will be GreenWeaver, which will be provided by Oak Hall Cap and Gown. Please be sure to order your cap/gown on the Oak Hall website between Monday, February 3 and Friday, March 14.

Caps and gowns are worn in all processions and during active participation in any of the exercises, such as the awarding of degrees.  Caps are not worn at the torchlight ceremony. Tassels should be on the right at all times.

Reserving Tickets

Each senior is eligible to reserve up to five (5) guest tickets for the graduation ceremony between Monday, February 3 - Friday, March 14. Through the ticket reservation process, you will also be able to RSVP for the post-ceremony reception and provide the phonetic spelling of your name for the graduation announcer. For guests with special needs (hearing impaired, wheelchair, etc.), there will be reserved seating. It is important that you indicate whether you have a guest with special needs when reserving your tickets. If you do not request this, we may not be able to accommodate your guest in that section the day of commencement.

Ticket and Cap/Gown Pick-Up

Tickets and graduation regalia can be picked up at the Colgate Bookstore on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of senior week. Students MUST present their ID and sign for their tickets and regalia. No one will be allowed to pick up another student’s graduation regalia or tickets. There will be no Sunday pick-up for gowns or tickets.

Bookstore hours for ticket and regalia pick-up:
Thursday, May 15, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.