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Information for Seniors

Students celebrating at commencement.


Outstanding tuition bills/fines/equipment must be resolved. You will receive a hold letter at the end of April. All outstanding monies must be paid/cleared by May 8. Please do not call during senior week requesting to pay by credit card over the phone. Students with any outstanding balance will not receive grades or transcripts. Students with significant balances will have their diplomas withheld along with grades and transcripts. Pay early to avoid complications with your graduation process.
(Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.)

Health Records

The university will maintain your health records for seven years (10 years for immunization records only). Once you are settled somewhere and you would like a summary of these records, you should submit a written request and include your name, date of birth, Colgate ID, and the name and address of where the records should be sent. Dr. Merrill Miller will withhold any sensitive information if you request it.

Housing Keys

Your parents will receive information regarding housing, activities, and the commencement schedule in early February. Confirmation will go out the first week of May about specific housing arrangements. Seniors pick up keys for parents at residential life the week before commencement.

Additional Viewing Facilities (No Ticket Required)

Due to limited seating in Sanford Field House, we will provide additional seating with closed-circuit access to the ceremony at Little Hall in Golden Auditorium. This room will be open at 9:00 a.m. the day of the ceremony.

News Releases

As commencement is a major milestone in your life — and is newsworthy to your hometown — we encourage you to announce your accomplishments by sending a press release to your local newspaper. Download a sample release and instructions.

Reserving Cap/Gown

Seniors who have not reserved their cap/gown should contact Michele Carney in the dean's office.

Caps and gowns are worn in the awarding of degrees. Gowns only (no caps) are worn at baccalaureate and are traditionally worn at the torchlight procession. Tassels should be on the right for the graduation ceremony.

Reserving Tickets

Seniors who have not reserved commencement tickets should contact Michele Carney in the dean's office.

Ticket and Cap/Gown Pick-Up

Tickets and graduation regalia can be picked up at the Colgate Bookstore on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of senior week. Students MUST present their ID and sign for their tickets and regalia. No one will be allowed to pick up another student’s graduation regalia or tickets. There will be no Sunday pick-up for gowns or tickets.

Bookstore hours for ticket and regalia pick-up:
Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.