Graduation Fair

The 2020 Grad Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30-1:30 in the Coop TV Lounge.

At the Graduation Fair seniors can learn about resources relating to commencement, including:

  • Ordering caps and gowns
  • Ordering tickets
  • On-campus housing for families during the weekend
  • Name pronunciation
  • Senior class gift
  • Senior portraits
  • Class rings
  • Torch medals
  • Yearbooks

Ordering Ceremony Tickets

In the event that inclement weather forces commencement indoors, tickets will be needed for spectator admission to the ceremony in Sanford Field House. Each senior may request up to five (5) tickets through the ticket link they receive via email. Chenango Valley weather is unpredictable, even in May, so be sure to request tickets if you will have guests.

The timeline to request tickets will be February 3–March 27, 2020.

Ordering Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are available at no cost to seniors but must be reserved in advance on the Oak Hall website. This is the only way to reserve your cap and gown. The timeline for ordering caps and gowns will be February 3–March 27, 2020.

Commencement Ceremony Instructions

Lineup for the Ceremony

Time: 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 17
Location: In front of Persson Hall (outdoors) or under Dunlap Stands (indoors)

Please arrive on time!

The ceremony will be held outdoors unless severe inclement weather arises.The decision to move the ceremony indoors will be determined by 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, and will be communicated to the community via email,, the Colgate app, Facebook, and Twitter.

Because your diploma will be presented to you on stage by the president, it is essential that you process and sit in the precise order in which your name is printed in the commencement program. You should appear at the line-up area no later than 9:30 a.m. and go to one of eight stations according to the first letter of your last name: A-B, C-D, E-G, H-K, L-M, N-R, S-T, U-Z. Candidates for the master's degree should line-up in front of the As.

A marshal at each line will hand out numbered name cards to each senior so that you can form a single line in correct alphabetical order.

The Ceremony

After announcing the honorary degrees, the Dean of the Faculty will ask candidates for the master of arts degree to present themselves. The president will confer the degree, after which recipients will be directed to the graduation platform to accept the president's congratulations and receive their diplomas.

After the master of arts degrees have been awarded, the dean of the faculty will ask candidates for the bachelor of arts degrees to present themselves. The entire class will rise and the president will confer the degree and ask the class to once again be seated.

Marshals will now direct the class, one row at a time, toward the stage ramp. Photographers will take a photo before entering the stage. When you walk on stage, hand your card to the reader and proceed to the president to receive your diploma and shake his hand. Continue to walk across the stage and to the ramp on the opposite side, where the photographer will take another photo. You will then return to your seat.

Baccalaureate Service Information

This traditional event is held in Colgate Memorial Chapel and will feature addresses by the member of your class chosen as the 1819 Award recipient and President Casey. This event fills the chapel, so please encourage your family members to arrive early. Graduating seniors will line up outside the chapel at 3 p.m. in gowns (no caps are needed).

A small number of family and friends will find room to sit in the chapel for the service. Your guests should arrive early if they hope to find a seat. We will also broadcast the service in Lawrence and Alumni Halls for those guests who are unable to obtain seats in the chapel.

Senior Dinner

A dinner will be held for all graduates and their guests on Friday, May 15, 2020, on Whitnall Field. Seniors are asked to RSVP on behalf of their families when they reserve their commencement ceremony tickets.

Yearbooks (Salmagundi)

Information to come on 2020 yearbook ordering.

Torch Medals

All seniors are provided one Torch Medal at no charge to present to a member of the Colgate community that made a difference to them. Torch Medals will be distributed to seniors in their mailboxes during the spring semester. Learn more about Torch Medals here.

Stole of Gratitude

The Stole of Gratitude allows students to show their thanks to a non-Colgate friend or family member for their support. Learn more about the tradition of the Stole here.

Seniors may order a Stole of Gratitude directly from the Colgate Bookstore.