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 six (6) 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 1–March 15, 2019.
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 1–March 15, 2019.
Preparing for the Ceremony
Time: 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19
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 18, and will be communicated to the community via email, colgate.edu/calendar, 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.
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.
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.
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.