For Graduates

Commencement Checklist

If you are graduating in Spring 2023, this checklist is your place to complete important advance to-dos in preparation for the ceremony and the weekend’s activities.

Deadlines as well as mandatory and optional items are identified. 

Ceremony Information

Submitting the following information is vital for ensuring your ability to fully participate in the May 21 ceremony.

Deadline: March 10, 2023

Order Cap and Gown

Caps, gowns, and tassels will be provided to graduates at no cost.

You must order your own on the Oak Hall website. This is the only way to obtain a cap and gown.

Pick up will be at the Colgate Bookstore:

  • Thursday, May 18: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Provide Guest Information

Inclement Weather Ceremony Tickets

Graduates are responsible for reserving up to five guest tickets, in case inclement weather forces the ceremony indoors, where seating will be limited. (The ceremony will be livestreamed as well.)

Guest Accessibility Needs

Let us know if any of your guests will have accessibility needs for the ceremony.

Commencement Dinner Reservations 

Help to limit food waste; be as accurate as possible with your Friday Commencement Dinner reservation.

Provide Your Name Pronunciation

The Registrar's Office will send students personalized links to provide the phonetic spelling and a recording of their name for the commencement ceremony.

Diploma Information

Deadline: March 31, 2023

On March 15, you will receive an email from the Registrar confirming your legal name for your diploma and the printed ceremony program. Your name will be printed as indicated in that email if you do not submit a correction by March 31.


You will receive an email on March 15.

Deadline: April 27, 2023

Senior Exit Survey

Colgate asks all graduating seniors to complete a survey about their experience. You will receive an email with a unique link to your survey in April. Your input is important, and you will need to complete the survey in order to receive your cap and gown.

Survey to be emailed April 6

Optional Items

These optional to-do items have different deadlines, so keep an eye on them!

Professional Ceremony Photos

Official 2023 ceremony photos will be provided by Island Photography. Representatives will be capturing each senior’s “moment” as they enter and exit the stage. 

Graduating students can register for a photo link in advance. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase. 

Up to six family members can also register to get a photo link through this separate form.

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.

Senior Class Gift

Deadline: June 30, 2023

The Senior Class Giving Committee welcomes the Class of 2023 to give back to Colgate. All gifts make a difference. Your gift can be designated to any area of campus that is meaningful to you or to the Colgate Fund, which provides support where needs are greatest.

Graduation Announcements

Order your Colgate graduation announcements via Colgate University's page on the Jostens website.

Yearbook (Salmagundi)

Senior ad deadline: March 31, 2023
Order deadline: May 2, 2023

For more information on ad and order deadlines, please email

Class Ring

Commemorate your accomplishments with a class ring from Jostens.

Graduation Items at the Colgate Bookstore

Grab these graduation essentials from the Colgate Bookstore, or order online

Diploma Frames and More


Caps & Gowns, Professional Ceremony Photography

Michele Carney:, 315-228-7425

General Commencement Info

University Events:; 315-825-9322