For Families

There will be no tickets required for admission to Commencement, nor any limit on the number of guests per graduate. 

The commencement ceremony will be held adjacent to Lower St. Regis Lake, on the Great Lawn near the Joan Weill Adirondack Library. Announcements are available for pick up in the Office of Student Affairs in the Student Center, during posted hours. Students may sign up for additional announcements at that time, which will be distributed once the first allotment has been distributed.

We suggest that foot apparel be conservative considering that the ceremony will be held outdoors under a tent.

Please remember that there are no pets allowed on campus.                                 

We ask your assistance in determining with your son or daughter whether any financial obligations are still outstanding prior to graduation, and for him/her to schedule a visit with the Student Accounts Office to clear those pending transactions. Paul Smith’s College is anxious to cooperate in whatever manner necessary to assist you in these matters, and suggests that foresight will best serve the graduation process.

Paul Smith’s College trustees will meet on Friday, May 9, on campus. One of their official actions is to certify the potential list approved by the faculty.  Because the final grades are not due until Monday, May 12, diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremony. Once the computations are complete, diplomas will be mailed as soon as possible. It is important to notify of any change of address. 

Parking on campus can be a challenge on Commencement Day. Your cooperation is requested in using the lots designated will be appreciated.  We will have Campus Safety Officers directing you to the available lots when you enter the campus.  If anyone in your party needs assistance regarding building access or special seating because of physical limitations, please contact the Campus Safety Office in advance at (518) 327-6300, or make your needs known to the traffic officer when you arrive. Transportation will be provided from the parking areas to the site of the ceremony. 

For your convenience, the Paul Smith’s Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, with a special Graduation Sale for families.        

Grad Images will be on campus to photograph each graduate with John W. Mills, Paul Smith's president, as s/he receives the 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 if you so desire. The company will contact your son or daughter by email with details prior to the ceremony.

Questions may be addressed to  

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 10!


Paul Smith's College
7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

(518) 327-6227
(800) 421-2605



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