Frequently Asked Questions
All events are optional, for your convenience. Most families arrive mid day, Saturday.
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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.
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 8.
* 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 seats.
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.
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 more details.
No, you would need to make those arrangements individually with a local agency.
Seniors are instructed to pick up keys for guests from Residential Life the Wednesday-Friday before the weekend. Confirmation of room reservations
will go out the first week of May.
No, linens are provided in the on-campus housing.
Meal tickets – Yes - at the Sodexho Office located in Frank Dining Hall. Also check there for lost ticket assistance.
Seniors pick up (after May 7) and are allotted tickets based on fire code safety. IF there are leftover
tickets they will be available at the door, first-come, first-serve.
No, Seniors pick up (after May 7) 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.)
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 April 30th to Susan Huff, Sodexho Food Service.
Cancellation requests, for full refunds, must be received before Friday, April 27th, 2018 . ^ Top