See news stories, texts of speeches, videos, and photo galleries from past commencements.

Commencement for the Class of 2020 was delayed until the conclusion of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, Colgate recognized these resilient graduates with a virtual conferral of degrees ceremony.

Commencement 2020

Conferral of degrees: May 17, 2020

Following an academic year interrupted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, commencement for the Class of 2020 is unprecedented in Colgate history.

2020 Archive


Commencement 2019

May 19, 2019

Keynote address delivered by Antonio Delgado ’99, U.S. Representative for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

2019 Archive


Commencement 2018

May 20, 2018

Keynote address delivered by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

2018 Archive


Commencement 2017

May 21, 2017

Keynote address delivered by Claudia Rankine, nationally renowned poet and recipient of the 2016 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

2017 Archive


Commencement 2016

May 15, 2016

Keynote address delivered by Robert D. Manfred Jr., P’16, commissioner of Major League Baseball.

2016 Archive


Commencement 2015

May 17, 2014

Keynote address delivered by Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American studies and the chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

2015 Archive