Colgate University maintains a small, private cemetery at the top of the hill behind Chapel House. Due to limited space, a cemetery policy determines eligibility for cemetery burial.

Plot Location and Sizes

A map of the cemetery is available. Interested parties will need to select a full burial or cremation plot. A full burial plot is approximately 10 x 12 feet and can accommodate two full burials and two additional urns. The cremation plots are approximately 6 x 6 feet and can accommodate three urns.


To reserve a plot in the cemetery contact Maureen McKinnon at (, 315-228-7445). Please note that the plot owner is responsible for the ordering and the placement of a monument. Please contact Maureen McKinnon for the names of local monument companies.


Colgate does not sell cemetery plots, but requires a $500 donation that covers the future expense, maintenance, perpetual care, and plantings. This donation is collected when the plot is reserved.

Interment Fees

  • Full burial interment: $450
  • Cremation interment: $150

Eligibility Policy

A single plot will be assigned to current or retired tenured members of the faculty, current or retired officers of the University, former officers of the University with seven or more years of service, current or retired employees who have served 25 years at the University, and current or former members of the Board of Trustees.

A plot is restricted to an individual meeting these criteria and members of their immediate family.