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Parents’ Information

Information for parents of seniors in the Class of 2019 will be made available throughout the spring 2019 semester.
Student with family at commencement

Graduation announcements are an ideal way to commemorate this special occasion. Announcements can be ordered online from Jostens.
Bouquets for your graduate may be purchased at the commencement site on Sunday morning, May 19.

For families that are interested in placing an order in advance, please contact Wildflowers at 607-591-6137.
On-campus Housing
Colgate will offer on-campus housing for guests of graduating seniors between Friday, May 17 and Monday, May 20, 2019. Families of each graduating senior may reserve up to six (6) beds in our campus residence halls. Single, double, triple, and suite-style rooms are available at a rate of $45.00 per person, per night. Bed linens and towels are included, although we do recommend bringing blankets and pillows for your own comfort.

Requests for room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to be timely in your response. Due to limited space on campus, preferences for particular halls, facilities, and types of rooms are not guaranteed. Accommodations for guests with special needs can be made, although those spaces are also limited. Please be sure to list any specific requirements in your reservation form that might influence your placement.

Reservations can be made starting February 1, 2019. Reservations and payment in full must be received no later than Friday, April 26, 2019

For a full refund, cancellation requests must be made prior to Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Confirmation will be sent to you via email to confirm your reservation, provide information regarding payment, and to provide information regarding the check-in process. Feel free to contact our office if you have not received confirmation by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Keys may be picked up by either the family or graduating senior on Friday May 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, May 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Our office is open Sunday, May 19 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Monday May 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to allow for families to return keys. Please make appropriate arrangements to pick up and return keys during these times. There is a $150.00 lock change fee for any key not returned to the Office of Residential Life by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions by calling 315-228-7367 or by emailing us at

Official 2019 commencement photos will be provided by Island Photography. Each graduate will be photographed three times. These images will be made available to you by email within 48 hours after the ceremony and 3-5 days by US mail. There is no obligation to purchase.

To ensure you receive the link to your photos, register here prior to the ceremony.

Future Commencement Dates

  • May 19, 2019
  • May 17, 2020