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Colgate celebrated Commencement weekend with the Class of 2017, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Claudia Rankine, renowned poet and Yale professor, delivered the address at Colgate University’s 196th graduation ceremony.

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Colgate Celebrates the Class of 2017 at Commencement

There is no hush like the peace before a bagpipe procession.

At 10:28 a.m. on May 21, thousands of parents, alumni, and friends quietly stood and turned in unison to the back doors of Sanford Field House. The silence was broken by the sound of the Mohawk Valley Frasiers, whose sonorous pipes and insistent drums led more than 700 Colgate University seniors and their beaming professors to Commencement 2017. Full commencement story
Poet Claudia Rankine to deliver 2017 commencement keynote
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.

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Contact Information

If you have questions please contact Michele Carney, commencement coordinator, at 315-228-7425 or

Future Dates

Please use this schedule of upcoming commencement dates to help with planning.
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 17, 2020