Hard to imagine, but in just a few short
months, your child’s time at Colgate will be drawing to a close. Although
much of what is to come may be uncertain, one event is fast becoming a
reality. Therefore, we would like to cordially invite you, on behalf of the
Class of 2005, to celebrate with us in our commencement services.
The actual Commencement Ceremony will be held
outdoors by Taylor Lake, provided that the weather is good or mildly
inclement. If the weather is absolutely unbearable, the event will be moved
to Charles H. Sanford Field House. The drawback of conducting the ceremony
inside is that seating cannot be guaranteed for more than five guests per
graduating senior. Tickets for the indoor graduation can be picked up by
your student from 112 McGregory Hall after May 2nd. A great effort
will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors where seating is unlimited, hence
we urge everyone to bring clothing appropriate for rain, snow, cold and
heat. Sunday morning before the Commencement Ceremony, a Baccalaureate
Service will take place in the Colgate Chapel. It is advised that you arrive
early since seating is limited. Baccalaureate is wonderful and a “must see”
The Torchlight Ceremony on Saturday night is one of Colgate's oldest
traditions. Every graduating senior receives a large, lighted torch. The
Class of 2005 procession is led through the campus grounds and concludes at
Taylor Lake with the singing of the Alma Mater. The ceremony, although very
beautiful, can be dangerous if students are intoxicated and do not have full
control of themselves. Cooperation from both students and parents is vital.
The past several graduating classes have made a concerted effort to cut down
the level of drinking taking place prior to and during the ceremony. We hope
the members of the Class of 2005 and their guests will continue this effort
to ensure the safety of everyone and help maintain the tradition for future
The Office of Residential Education will provide housing on campus for
parents and family, and related information is enclosed.
To make reservations, please complete
this form and return it with full
payment by Friday, April 29rd to: Graduation Housing,
Office of Residential Education, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
Cancellation requests, for full refunds, must be received
before Friday, May 6, 2005.
In addition, you can view a complete list of
local area accommodations including local hotels
and bed and breakfasts.
- April 26 Letter to Parents