Parents' Information

Future Commencement Dates
May 18, 2008
May 17, 2009
May 16, 2010
May 15, 2011

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 2007, to celebrate with us in our commencement services.

Commencement Ceremony
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 116 McGregory Hall after May 7 th . 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” event.

Torchlight Ceremony
The Torchlight Ceremony on Saturday night is one of Colgate's oldest traditions. Every graduating senior receives a large, lighted torch. The Class of 2007 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 2007 and their guests will continue this effort to ensure the safety of everyone and help maintain the tradition for future graduating classes.

On-Campus Housing and Local Area Accomodations
The Office of Residential Life will provide housing on campus for parents and family, and related information is enclosed.
To make reservations, please complete Graduation Housing Form and return it with full payment by Friday, April 27th to:  Graduation Housing, Office of Residential Life, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.  Cancellation requests, for full refunds, must be received before Friday, May 4 th, 2019.  In addition, you can view a complete list of local area accommodations including local hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Commencement Video
Colgate has partnered with Collegiate Video to capture all the important highlights of Commencement Weekend including Torchlight, the Baccalaureate speaker's address, Commencement ceremony and most precious of all, footage of your graduate crossing the stage and receiving the Colgate diploma.  You should receive a brochure and order form in the mail with your Commencement information.  Videos are approximately 80 minutes in length.

For pricing information, download the order form in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

A photographer from Chappell will be at the Commencement ceremony to take a photograph of your graduate's special moment of recognition.  You will receive a free proof of this photo in the mail five to seven days following the ceremony.  If you like the photo and wish to order prints or obtain answers to any questions you may have, visit or call 1-800-424-3686.

Commencement Mailings
- Commencement Weekend Program (PDF)
- April 23rd Letter to Parents (PDF)
- January 23rd Letter to Parents (PDF)
- Meal Reservation Cards (PDF)
- Residential Life Letter (PDF)

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