For Graduates

Caps and Gowns: Available for pick up at the Paul Smith’s Bookstore beginning Monday, April 8, during regular hours.  Last minute distribution begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.  Note:  It will be necessary for each graduate to complete a Placement Information Sheet, located in the bookstore, before receiving his/her cap and gown. [ALSO NOTE: Academic regalia was ordered for you based on a bell curve assuring that all sizes will be available.  There is no charge for the regalia.] 

Graduation Announcements:  Announcements will be available at the Student Affairs Office in Joan Weill

Student Center beginning Monday, April 8, with designated hours posted on the door.  There is no charge for the announcements.  (NoteAnnouncements will be reserved in the Office of the Provost for students on Externship/Work Experience or September/ December graduates who have not previously attended a ceremony and wish to participate in May.  December and September graduates should contact to verify their intention to attend the ceremony.)

There are no tickets required for admission.

We suggest that foot apparel be conservative as the ceremony will be held lake side, under the tent.   Please remember that pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.  Additionally, there are no pets allowed under the tent during the ceremony.

Graduation/Participation in Commencement:  According to the official college policy, “Students who have completed the graduation requirements, or have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and are within nine credits of completing graduation requirements, are permitted to participate in the ceremony.”  In order to assure your potential graduation or participation in the commencement ceremony on May 9, students should check the official lists posted in the Deans’ Office in Pickett Hall, or the Registrar’s Office in Administration 112, or talk to your respective Advisor or Dean.   If you have any questions regarding your status, please take the time to check this list as soon as possible.  Your notification of graduation or participation will be sent by email to determine if you plan to attend the ceremony.  Please be sure to reply to the invitation and to fill in the information for your diploma as well as the correct mailing address.  Any questions regarding the correspondence should go to   

Financial Obligations: Graduating students are reminded to complete all financial obligations with the Student Accounts

Office prior to graduation.  While all certified graduates may participate in the ceremony, some may not receive their

diplomas because of unpaid balances.  Please check with the Student Accounts Office to ascertain the status of your account.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Reception: A post-graduation Alumni Reception will be held on the lake-front immediately following the ceremony.  Meet

your friends and their families to celebrate with your classmates, teachers, and staff.


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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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