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Preliminary Commencement Schedule

Saturday, May 20

9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

International Students and Families Drop-In Coffee Hour/Photo Booth

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
In recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement, selected seniors are inducted into the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

Location: Colgate Memorial Chapel

Noon–2:00 p.m.

Lunch for first generation seniors and their families, by invitation only.

Location: Merrill House lawn

2:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service

Location: Colgate Memorial Chapel
Overflow location: 105 Lawrence Hall

4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass

Location: Colgate Memorial Chapel

Evening entertainment
Limited seating. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:30 p.m.

Musical performances

8:30 p.m.

Torchlight Ceremony
Seniors gather in the chapel prior to the torchlight march.

Location: Colgate Memorial Chapel

Sunday, May 21

8:30–11:30 a.m.

Concession stand
Water, coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries available for purchase.

Location: Andy Kerr Stadium

9:30 a.m.

Formation of academic procession

Location: Below Dunlap stands

10:30 a.m.


Location: Sanford Field House
Overflow location: Golden Auditorium

Immediately following the ceremony, an ice cream social will be held for graduates, families, and faculty.