Class of 2020 Celebration

We look forward to hosting the Class of 2020 to celebrate their graduation — on campus — May 27– 29, 2022 (as long as pandemic conditions allow).

While the class officially received their degrees in the May 17, 2020 virtual ceremony, we are planning a memorable weekend with the traditional main events, including the chance to walk the stage in cap and gown on Sunday, May 29. 

The University’s Commencement Executive Committee is working closely with class leaders. A survey requesting intent to participate and to bring guests, and to solicit ideas and suggestions for the weekend has been emailed to the class.

Planning the Weekend

Details and registration will be communicated in mid-February 2022. Meanwhile, we share this basic information to help you plan.


Friday, May 27

  • Barbecue (Evening)

Saturday, May 28 

  • Class of 2020 Service (Afternoon)
  • Torchlight Procession (Late Evening)

Sunday, May 29    

  • In-Person Ceremony (10:30 a.m.)
  • On-Campus Housing Closes (8:00 p.m.)

Full schedule to come.

We will livestream the ceremony for those who are unable to attend in person.

Class Members

On-campus housing will be available to members of the Class of 2020 on Friday and Saturday night (details forthcoming after the new year). 


Pre-pandemic, Colgate offered on-campus lodging Friday and Saturday night to graduates’ guests for a nominal cost. It remains uncertain whether we will be able to offer this option; if it becomes possible, reservations would open in the spring semester. 

Visit Hotels & Accommodations and Informal Bed & Breakfasts for lodging options in the region.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 Conferral of Degrees Ceremony 

President Brian Casey conferred the degrees of the graduating Class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony featuring the names and submitted photos of the graduates.