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Letter from Class of 2015 President

Dear Members of the Class of 2015
January 30, 2015

Dear Members of the Class of 2015:

As some of you may have heard, we are graduating in May. It’s incredible to think that we were naive freshman just a few short years ago. We now know snow can exist from Halloween to April continuously and the discovery of Slices revolutionized our diets. We’ve come a long way over the years, and Colgate changed our lives. We have all achieved things worth celebrating over the last four years. Make sure to invite your friends and family to join us in commemorating the end of our Colgate experience and the beginning of our careers.

For most of you and your parents, the piece of paper that marks you an alumnus/alumna of Colgate University is what graduation is all about. You join the elite ranks of Colgate alumni, signifying that Colgate has given you its stamp of approval. From meeting many of you over the years, saying that this piece of paper is all that matters is an injustice to the Class of 2015; you are already much more than college graduates. Over the last four years, we all have learned that our class is filled with incredible people. Yet, too often we forget that our classmates are more than just our friends; they are smart, creative, and hardworking individuals who will reshape everything from medicine to politics. You will work on Wall Street and Main Street. You will make profit and “not for” profit. You will code for startups and present to Fortune 500 boards. Colgate has been a fantastic experience that we will all look back on fondly, but commencement weekend is about opening the gate and allowing us to make an impact outside of 13346. Our class is exceptional and Colgate will be honored to count us as alumni. Commencement weekend will be Saturday, May 16–Sunday, May 17, 2015. Information about this long-awaited weekend will be sent to your parents next week. As you know, commencement is an important time, and preparation is the key to making sure our big day runs smoothly. Please be aware of deadlines. Check out the commencement website at to find all the information you need in one area.

Commencement weekend will be Saturday, May 16–Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Information about this long-awaited weekend will be sent to your parents next week. As you know, commencement is an important time, and preparation is the key to making sure our big day runs smoothly. Please be aware of deadlines. Check out the commencement website at to find all the information you need in one area.

  • On-campus housing is available for families. Registration information will be available on the commencement website.
  • Baccalaureate service will take place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. We will line up outside the chapel at 2:00 p.m. in our caps and gowns. Seating in the chapel is limited, so guests should arrive early.
  • Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Colgate Thirteen and Swinging ’Gates will perform in the chapel, the Dischords in Olin Hall, the Mantiphondrakes in Little Hall and the Resolutions in the Dana Arts Center. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Torchlight ceremony is Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. This is a time-honored and special tradition. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment please act responsibly so the tradition can be enjoyed by future Colgate graduates. Disruptive behavior or irresponsible drinking may result in your exclusion from the torchlight ceremony. The torch is a privilege, not a right.
  • The ticket reservation process will begin Monday, February 2. You can reserve up to 5 tickets for the ceremony by clicking on this link. If you are concerned about having your name pronounced correctly, you will also be able to type in your phonetic spelling through this link. The deadline for this process is Friday, March 13.
  • Caps and gowns must be reserved in advance (available at no cost to you) on the Oak Hall website. This is the only way to reserve your cap and gown. The deadline for ordering caps and gowns is Friday, March 13.
  • ASL Interpreters will be signing during the baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.

Watch your inbox and for more information arriving in the next couple of months and be sure to attend the Graduation Fair in the Coop TV Room on Tuesday, February 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. where you will be able to get all your graduation needs taken care of in one stop. This will also be the only opportunity you will have to be put on a wait list for more commencement tickets if extra are available.


Hugo Fausto Torres-Fetsco
President, Class of 2015

P.S. After graduation, will be your gateway for university news and career networking.


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 have received information regarding housing, activities, and the commencement schedule. Confirmation will go out the first week of May about specific housing arrangements. Seniors pick up keys for parents at Residential Life in 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

Caps and gowns will be GreenWeaver gowns, which will be provided by Oak Hall Cap and Gown.

Caps and gowns are worn in all processions and during active participation in any of the exercises, such as the awarding of degrees.  Caps are not worn at the torchlight ceremony. Tassels should be on the right at all times.

Reserving Tickets

The ticket process concluded on March 13. All available tickets have been distributed.

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 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.