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  • Claudia Rankine
    Nationally-renowned poet Claudia Rankine, a recipient of the 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Award,  will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 196th commencement Sunday, May 21, in Sanford Field House. Rankine, the Frederick Iseman Professor of poetry at Yale University, is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me […]
    February 28, 2017
  • Glitter-adorned graduation cap that reads "The best is yet to come"
    The Class of 2016 became Colgate University’s newest group of alumni last weekend. A series of special events and honored guests hailed the students’ accomplishments and the impact they’ve had on the university’s history. “Colgate has changed over the years, and so will you — sometimes change will be forced upon you, sometimes you may reach […]
    May 16, 2016
  • nterim President Jill Harsin stands at the podium in Sanford Field House during Commencement 2016 (Photo by Gerard Gaskin)
    Welcome, and congratulations to all of you for your accomplishments. You are about to join a lively community of over 30,000 people who have the special distinction of being alumni of Colgate University. I have learned that among the grandparents here today, there are 13 (of course!) who are themselves Colgate alumni. So let us […]
    May 16, 2016
  • (Editor’s note: Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, delivered the following address to the Colgate University Class of 2016 on May 15, 2016.) Good morning everyone. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to be here today.  I grew up just down the road in Rome, N.Y.. And, […]
    May 15, 2016
  • Silhouettes of students wearing graduation caps
    Robert D. Manfred Jr. P’16, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, will deliver the commencement address at Colgate University’s 195th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Manfred took over as MLB commissioner in January 2015 after serving as the organization’s executive vice president for labor relations and human resources (1998–2012) and chief operating officer (2012–2015). […]
    March 24, 2016
  • Members of the Class of 2006 applaud during Sunday's chilly and wet commencement.
    Eliot Spitzer, champion of all things New York, implored Colgate University graduates on Sunday to stay in the Empire State “for the sake of our collective future.” Prior to his 10-minute speech, delivered outside in a steady rain and 45-degree temperature, Spitzer, attorney general of New York and Democratic candidate for governor, received an honorary […]
    May 21, 2006