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Commencement Information for Parents and Families

Accommodations for Families

On-Campus Housing

The University offers on-campus housing for guests of graduating seniors from Friday, May 17 through Monday, May 20. Families of each senior may reserve up to six (6) beds in campus residence halls. Single, double, triple, and suite-style rooms are available at a rate of $45.00 per person, per night. Bed linens and towels are included, although we do recommend bringing blankets and pillows for your own comfort.

Requests for room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to be timely in your response. Due to limited space on campus, preferences for particular halls, facilities, and types of rooms are not guaranteed. Accommodations for guests with special needs can be made, although those spaces are also limited. Please be sure to list any specific requirements in your reservation form that might influence your placement.

To make a reservation, please visit: or call the Office of Residential Life at 315-228-7367. The reservation page will open on February 1, 2019. Reservations and payment in full must be received no later than Friday, April 26, 2019.

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For a full refund, cancellation requests must be made prior to Friday, April 26, 2019.

Keys may be picked up by either the family or graduating senior on Friday May 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, May 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Our office is open Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow for families to return keys. Please make appropriate arrangements to pick up and return keys during these times. There is a $150.00 lock change fee for any key not returned to the Office of Residential Life by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions by calling (315) 228-7367 or by emailing us at

Local Accomodations

The area around Hamilton features a number of hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and informal rentals available to the families of Colgate students.
Hotels and Accommodations


Colgate offers a number of accommodations for graduates and their families with disabilities or special needs. 

Accessibility Accommodations

Senior Dinner and Ice Cream Social

A dinner will be held for all graduates and their guests, Friday night, May 17, 2019, on Whitnall Field at 5:30 p.m. Seniors are asked to RSVP on behalf of their families when they reserve their commencement ceremony tickets.

Graduation Announcements

Announcements can be ordered online from Jostens.

Commencement Portraits and Photography

Official 2019 commencement photos will be provided by Island Photography. Each graduate will be photographed three times. These images will be made available to you by e-mail within 48 hours after the ceremony and 3-5 days by US mail. There is no obligation to purchase.

To ensure you receive the link to your photos, register here prior to the ceremony.

Graduation Gifts

Colgate Bookstore

The Colgate Bookstore offers a number of suitable gifts for a graduate, including gifts commemorating Colgate's Bicentennial.


Bouquets for your graduate may be purchased at the commencement site on Sunday morning, May 19. To place an order in advance, please contact Wildflowers at 607-591-6137.

Yearbooks (Salmagundi)

Baccalaureate Service

Limited seating for parents and families is available for the Baccalaureate Service. Families who wish to attend should arrive early, but seating is not guaranteed. Overflow seating will be available in nearby Lawrence and Alumni Halls, where the event will be livestreamed. More information about the Baccalaureate Service