The University is excited to recognize the accomplishments of both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020.

Given the COVID-19 global pandemic, Colgate will be modeling potential options for Commencement this year. The University is continuing to monitor local, national, and international public health measures and plan according to New York State guidelines regarding large in-person events in 2021. We discourage guests from making any non-refundable travel arrangements until the university’s plans are confirmed. Updates will be posted on this page.

We will communicate plans as soon as possible; we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.

Future Dates 

  • May 16, 2021
  • May 22, 2022
  • May 21, 2023
  • May 19, 2024

Questions? Contact Michele Carney, commencement coordinator:


Colgate maintains archives of photos, video, and speech transcripts from commencement ceremonies dating back five years on the website.