Class of 2020 Celebration

We look forward to hosting the Class of 2020 to celebrate their graduation — on campus — May 27–29, 2022.

This memorable weekend will include the traditional main events, and offer graduates the chance to walk the stage in cap and gown on Sunday, May 29. The University’s Commencement Executive Committee has been working closely with class leaders to plan the weekend.

Class of 2020 Celebration Ceremony Live Stream

Event Schedule


General Information

Friday and Saturday Arrivals
Everyone arriving Friday and Saturday will be required to first check in at the Welcome Center to receive a wristband, which will grant admission to events over the weekend.

Welcome Center Hours*
Donovan’s Pub, James C. Colgate Student Union
Friday | 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

  • COVID-19 Documentation: See COVID-19 documentation guidelines below.
  • Tickets: Class of 2020 members will receive their requested guests’ inclement weather ceremony tickets and any accessible parking passes. (Guests will need to get their tickets from their graduate.)
  • On-campus Lodging Key Pickup: An email with details will be sent to those who have reservations on Wednesday, May 25.
  • Information Table: Pick up a weekend schedule, and get your questions answered.


Sunday Ceremony Arrivals
Those arriving on Sunday for the ceremony will need to present COVID-19 documentation at the ceremony entrance (not the Welcome Center) only if inclement weather forces the ceremony in Sanford Field House. See COVID-19 documentation guidelines below.


Everyone will be required to present identification and confirm proof of either up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster) OR a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. You will receive a wristband, which will be required for admission to events over the weekend.

Acceptable documentation includes:

For Those With Up-To-Date Vaccination
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with the two-dose Moderna, Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND include proof of a vaccine booster, unless the individual:

  • is under twelve years of age,
  • completed the single-dose J&J vaccine less than two months prior to the start of the program,
  • completed the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine less than five months prior to the start of the program, or
  • provides proof of a positive COVID-19 test, dated less than 90 days prior to the start of the program.


For those not up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including those with religious or medical exemptions:

  • Negative PCR test, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the start of the program,
  • Negative antigen test, taken no earlier than 24 hours prior to the start of the program (time-stamped pictures of at-home tests — do not to bring the actual test)
  • Proof of recent COVID-19 infection (test dated between 14 and 90 days prior to arrival on campus.

Graduates: Be sure to pack your cap and gown to bring with you for the ceremony! If you ordered a set this past March, you can pick it up at the Welcome Center when you check in. If you are only coming for Sunday’s ceremony (Sunday, May 29), they will be waiting for you at the lineup.

Visit; be sure to call ahead for hours of operation and space availability. In addition, the Hamilton Price Chopper Super Center offers groceries, grab-and-go meal solutions, and catering.

Graduating seniors may hold private picnics in designated locations on University-owned property. We ask that these gatherings not be scheduled during the senior dinner, baccalaureate service, and commencement ceremony.

Parking on campus is open to anyone; however, parking is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Legal parking spots are marked with white lines. Parking on any roadway is prohibited. Find more information in our parking guidelines.

Parking is limited on campus, so whenever possible, please take advantage of the Colgate Cruiser (masks required) or walk to various event locations. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Colgate provides the free Colgate Cruiser shuttle service around Hamilton and the University campus, open to students and the public for navigating the campus and the Hamilton business district. Visit for routes, schedules, and policies.

Friday, May 27
Summer Break Cruiser Route from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
8 a.m. (Saturday)–2 a.m. (Sunday)
Continuous loop between Hotel One75, Colgate Bookstore, 113 Broad St. lot, Lally Lane at James C. Colgate Hall, Frank Dining Hall, and the corner of East Kendrick Ave. and Broad St.

Sunday, May 29
7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Continuous loop between Hotel One75, Colgate Bookstore, the ceremony site entrance on College St., 113 Broad St. parking lot, Lally Lane at James C. Colgate Hall, Frank Dining Hall, and the corner of East Kendrick Ave. and Broad St.

Following the ceremony, Cruisers will be at the ceremony entrance on College St and will make a continuous loop at the stops listed above.

The Colgate Cruiser (operated by First Transit) is providing shuttle transportation service from and to Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport and William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (which serves Greyhound, Megabus, and Trailways Bus Lines) Friday through Sunday.

Cost is $20. Details and departure times on the reservation forms.

Reservation deadline is May 25 at 5 p.m.

Please contact First Transit at 315-228-4287 or if you have any questions.

Guests on campus may connect to the Colgate-Guest Wi-Fi network for free.

Visit Campus Safety at 88 Hamilton St., or call 315-228-7333 (non-emergency).

Colgate University welcomes the certified service animals of our guests to the campus. They must remain under the control of their handler and not cause a disruption to any event. Staff may need to relocate a guest’s seat if the service animal impacts fire code regulations or cannot reasonably fit within the space provided by the individual’s seat.

Please do not bring pets to campus. Per University policy, pets and emotional support or comfort animals are not allowed in campus buildings or event tents.

Official ceremony photos will be provided by Island Photography. Representatives will be capturing each graduate's “moment” as they enter and exit the stage. 

Class members as well as up to 6 family members or friends can register for a photo link. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase. 

Within 48–72 hours after the ceremony, you will be emailed a unique link to view or order your images from your celebration. 
Further information: or 800-869-0908.

Register For Photo Link

On-campus Lodging

All those coming to campus are required to check in for Commencement Weekend as part of our COVID-19 public health protocols. You will be able to obtain the key to your residence hall room immediately after your documentation verification.

Welcome Center Hours*
Donovan’s Pub, James C. Colgate Student Union
Friday | 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Late Arrivals
If you are arriving outside of these hours, please let us know through this form.

Covid Documentation

Location and Hours

  • Sunday, May 29 from 8–11 a.m. in the Maroon Council Lot at the Andy Kerr Stadium or at the Welcome Center at Donovan’s Pub
  • Sunday, May 29 from 1–5 p.m. in your residence hall lobby: Andrews Hall, East Hall, Gate House, Stillman Hall, Bryan Complex Core or at the Welcome Center at Donovan’s Pub

When you are ready to depart campus, return your key at one of above locations during the designated hours.

We cannot accept keys after 5 p.m.; any keys not returned after that time will result in a $150 charge. With two commencements and two reunions over four weekends, rooms must be turned over quickly. 

  • Rooms are furnished with twin, extra-long sized beds, dressers, desks, desk chairs, and wardrobes/closets. Based on room size, Colgate does not provide additional furnishings.
  • Bed linens are provided and include one sheet set, one blanket, one pillow, and one towel per person. Extra linens are not available due to the high demand for rooms. Guests are welcome to bring their own bed linens or towels if they anticipate needing extras.
  • Most bathrooms are communal to the residence hall floor and most floors include gender-specific male-identified and female-identified bathrooms. Some residential facilities also include all-gender and/or ADA-accessible bathrooms. This may benefit many people, including transgender and gender diverse individuals, people who require the assistance of a caregiver of a different gender, and parents with children of a different gender.
  • No housekeeping, linen exchange, or irons/ironing boards are available.
  • Available rooms will vary by location and by residence hall, and are subject to change.
  • All toiletries: soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, razor, hairdryer, etc.
  • Window fan (very few residence halls have central air conditioning.)
  • Hangers for closet
  • Iron
  • Infant crib/bedding if needed

Parking will be available campuswide on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be near residential housing. Bag drop-off locations will be available, but vehicles will then need to be moved to available and legal parking spaces after drop off. Legal spots are marked by white lines; see the Campus Map for details.

The following buildings are wheelchair accessible:

  • East Hall, first floor only
  • Gate House, first floor only

These buildings contain accessible rooms and ground level entry points.

  • Please note that pets are not permitted in residence halls at any time.
  • Registered Service Animals will be accommodated for guests with disabilities.

Due to the large demand, we cannot accommodate early arrivals or late departures. If you need to stay in the area an extra day, we ask that you make alternative housing arrangements off campus.

  • Cancellations for a full refund must be received via email at by 12:00 p.m. EDT onFriday, May 6, 2022.
  • Cancellation after Friday, April 6, 2022 will forfeit the initial payment.