What events do I need to attend? When do I
need to arrive on campus?
All events are optional, for your convenience. Most families
arrive mid day, Saturday.
What is the “dress code”?
There is no dress code for events, but a simple guide would be what you are
comfortable in, especially your footwear (walking to events).
How long does the ceremony last?
Commencement runs from approximately 1:30-4:00 p.m. You can make plans to get
“on the road” accordingly after that.
What if it rains?
In case of rain,
it will be decided by 11 a.m. whether to move the ceremony indoors to
Sanford Field House. Seating* cannot be guaranteed for more than five guests
per graduating senior or graduate student. This decision will be available
in James B. Colgate Hall Lobby, at the check-in desk for the Brunch, or by
calling 228-7425. Rainy day tickets will be distributed to seniors through
the Dean of the College’s office starting May 2.
* Faculty are seated in the first six (6) rows across the two center
sections. Graduates sit behind the faculty: A-K on the left; L-Z on the
right (facing the stage). The Procession will arrive from the rear and split
into these two alphabetical groups. A-K graduates march down the left aisle,
turning right in the row of seats. L-Z graduates follow the Platform Party
and faculty and march down the center aisle, turning right into the row of
To process for their degree, graduates rise by rows, exit to
the right, approach the platform on the right, walk across to receive
diploma and exit on the left to return to their seat.
The recessional will exit up the center aisle.
Is there handicapped parking?
Yes, the handicap parking is between Lawrence and Lathrop Hall for the
Chapel events and “the Circle” for Commencement. If you need special
drop-off arrangements, see a Campus Safety Officer for assistance.
View the campus map for
Do you provide wheelchairs?
No, you would need to make those arrangements individually with a local
On campus housing/keys
Seniors are instructed to pick up keys for guests from Residential Education
the Wednesday-Friday before the weekend. Confirmation of room reservations
will go out May 1st.
Do we need to bring our own linen?
No, linens are provided in the on-campus housing.
Can we get additional tickets?
Meal tickets – Yes - at the Sodexho Office located in Frank
Dining Hall. Also check there for lost ticket assistance.
Concert tickets – No, Seniors pick up
(after May 2) and are allotted tickets based on fire code safety. IF there
are leftover tickets they will be available at the door, first-come,
Indoor/Rainy Day alternative tickets: No,
Seniors pick up (after May 2) are allotted tickets based on fire code
safety. Any leftover tickets will be available at the door, first-come,
first-serve. Other guests can view the ceremony on the big screen at the
Brunch location. (The decision to move indoors is made Sunday morning at 11
a.m. Otherwise, the ceremony is outdoors.)
What is the meal ticket
If you have purchased tickets for either meal, but your son or daughter made
alternate plans, you may request a refund. Tickets must accompany refund
requests and must be made no later than May 2nd to Susan Huff, Sodexho Food
What is the on-campus housing refund policy?
Cancellation requests, for full
refunds, must be received before Friday, April 29th, 2005.