For Families

There will be no tickets required for admission nor any limitation for guests.


The location of the ceremony will be lake-front, next to Joan Weill 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.  Please note, we would suggest that foot apparel be conservative considering that the ceremony will be held lake-front, under a tent making footing uneven.  Please remember that all pets must be on a leash  and under control at all time.  Additionally, there are no pets allowed under the tent during the ceremony.                                 


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 8 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 11, 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 if you have a recent change of address.


Parking on campus can be a problem on Commencement Day.  Your cooperation is requested in using the lots designated.  Campus Safety Officers will direct 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 at [(518) 327-6300] or in advance, 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 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, with a special Graduation Sale for families.


Grad Images will be on campus to photograph each graduate and the President of the College 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 9th.



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

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



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