Commencement: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Graduates must complete survey (which will be emailed to them) in advance if they want to participate in Commencement or the December Graduation Celebration.

Commencement will be held at the Lake Side Tent (on the Great Lawn adjacent to Joan Weill Adirondack Library). Please arrive at least 30 minutes early.There will be no tickets required for admission, nor any limitation on number of guests.

If anyone in your party needs assistance regarding building access, or special seating because of physical limitations, please contact Kathleen Keck at least two weeks in advance, or as early as possible, at (518) 327-6247 or

Please note, we would suggest that foot apparel be conservative considering that the ceremony will be held on the Great Lawn, under a tent, making footing uneven. Please remember that pets are not allowed under the tent. We are a tobacco-free campus.                                 

Because the final grades are not due until after the ceremony, diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremony. They will be mailed; therefore, it is important to notify Kathleen Keck ( if you have a recent change of address. Honors designations are computed based upon the previous semester’s grades.

Diplomas will not be mailed to any graduates with outstanding financial obligations to PSC.  We suggest to schedule a visit with the Student Accounts Office to clear any pending transactions. Paul Smith’s College is anxious to cooperate in whatever manner necessary to assist in these matters.

Parking on campus can be a problem on Commencement Day. Your cooperation is requested in using designated lots.  Campus Safety Officers will direct you upon entry to campus.  Transportation will be provided from the parking areas to the site of the ceremony.

For the May commencement ceremony, Grad Images will be on campus photographing each graduate and the President of the College as s/he receives a diploma case on stage. Graduates/Parents will receive a proof at a later date for possible purchase.  There is no obligation to purchase photographs, but do feel free to utilize this service.  The company will contact your son or daughter by email with details prior to the ceremony.  Ms. Kathleen Keck, Executive Assistant to the President, will be photographing each graduate at the December Graduation Celebration.  December graduates will receive an email with further information.

Questions may be addressed to

We look forward to seeing you!


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Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs
Phelps Smith Administration Building
Room 205
Paul Smiths NY, 12970

Nicholas Hunt-Bull, Ph.D., Provost

Kathleen Keck, Assistant to the Provost
(518) 327-6247


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