Welcome to Hancock Commons, where students are inspired by the courage and love of learning of our namesake, Gordon Blaine Hancock 1919 ,’20, H’69.

Explore our Community

Students from all commons are welcome to join Hancock Commons events and follow on social media:

Hancock Commons on Instagram

About Hancock Commons

Shield with equals sign and zig zags
Click the Hancock Commons crest to learn more about its history

Mascot: Black Bear

Residential Space

Living and Learning

Hancock Commons hosts a variety of programs designed to help members build community, enrich education, and have fun.

Commons Cup

Each year, the four commons compete for the glory of winning the Commons Cup. Each commons accumulates points by having commons members participate in events within five categories: Intellectual Curiosity, Arts & Culture, Environment & Sustainability, Recreation & Wellness, and Community Engagement.

Learn more about the Commons Cup

First Year Seminars (FSEM)

As part of the project of integrating students' living and learning experiences, each year, the Commons plays host to a number of FSEM classes in its residential buildings. 

Creating Connections

The following faculty and staff direct the commons and support its living and learning goals. Feel free to contact them with any questions.


University Librarian; Professor in the University Libraries


Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Area Director, Residential Life

Administrative Dean

Associate Dean for Administrative Advising
Assistant Dean of Administrative Advising

Residential Fellow

Commons Program Director

Director of the Residential Commons Program

About the Namesake

Portrait of Gordon Blaine Hancock

Hancock was a graduate of the Class of 1919, Colgate seminary 1920, and received a Colgate honorary degree in 1969. He also received an AM in Sociology from Harvard.

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