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 10. 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 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
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 this
for a sample release and instructions.
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.
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.
Caps and gowns must be reserved in advance (available at no cost) by clicking the cap and gown section of the Josten's website
between February 5 and March 7. Since gowns will be customized, this date is firm and no orders will be taken after March 7.
The cap is worn in all processions and during active participation in any of the exercises, such as the awarding of degrees. You should wear the tassel on the right at all times.
Between February 5 and March 8 seniors will be able to reserve up to five (5) guest tickets for graduation ceremony. 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 16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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 another location on campus to be determined. This room will be open at 9:00 a.m. the day of the ceremony.
Seniors can order their graduation announcements online: