Future Commencement Dates
  • May 16, 2010
  • May 15, 2011
  • May 20, 2012
  • May 19, 2013
  • 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 2009, to celebrate with us in our commencement services.

    N1H1 flu (Swine flu) guidance for Commencement
    The Madison County Department of Health has asked the university to share the information with families planning to visit campus. The Madison County Department of Health has asked the university to urge parents and any students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay at home. To accommodate those who may need to stay at home, Colgate will offer a live online broadcast of the commencement exercises at http://www.colgate.edu/commencement.

    Should you develop flu-like symptoms while on campus, contact your health care provider (or, for students, the Student Health Center) or go to the Community Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for a prompt evaluation.

    CDC tips on staying healthy
    As a reminder, here are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on everyday actions you can take to stay healthy:

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Please continue to check the Colgate Health Alert website at http://www.colgate.edu/healthalert for information on the university’s response and resources as well as links to the most current information from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO).
    Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Sanford Field House. Concession stands will open at Andy Kerr Stadium at 8:00 a.m. Doors to Sanford Field House will open at 9:00 a.m. No food will be allowed inside the field house. Due to limited seating, there will be absolutely no admittance or re-admittance without a ticket. Families should plan to arrive together as reserving of seats will not be permitted. Everyone needs to be seated by 10:00 a.m.

    The ceremony will be followed by a reception for students, their families, and faculty members.

    Indoor Viewing Facilities (no ticket required)

    Due to limited seating in Sanford Field House, we are providing additional seating with closed circuit access to the ceremony in several locations around campus. These rooms will be open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 17.

    • Little Hall-Golden Auditorium (wheelchair accessible)
    • Hall of Presidents, James C. Colgate Hall (wheelchair accessible)
    • Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center

    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 2009 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 2009 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 Accomodations
    The Office of Residential Life will provide housing on campus for parents and family.  In addition, you can view a complete list of local area accommodations including local hotels and bed and breakfasts.

    Commencement Videos
    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.

    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 www.chappell.com or call 1-800-424-3686.

    Seniors can order their graduation announcements online

    Congratulations on your graduation from Colgate!
    Since commencement is a major milestone, we encourage you to note your accomplishments by sending a news release to your local newspaper. You can personalize the sample press release (Click Here) with information about your Colgate experience, including honors earned, internships, extracurricular activities, sports teams, and future plans.

    • Copy the sample news release into a word processing document.
    • Replace the bolded information with your personal details.
    • Copy the release into an e-mail message and send to your local papers. "Local Resident Graduates from Colgate University" should be the subject line of the e-mail.
    • You can find the contact information for you local newspaper by visiting its website.

    If you have questions, please contact Anthony Adornato, manager of media communications, at 315-228-6637 or aadornato@colgate.edu.

    Commencement Mailings
    - Schedule of events
    - Letter to parents April. 2009
    - Letter to parents Feb. 2nd 2009
    - Residential Life letter

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