For Graduates

Commencement is Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. Graduates should arrive at Pickett Hall at 10 a.m.

The line-up on graduation day will follow the same format as the rehearsal. Program designations will be posted on teh wall; name cards, hoods and honor stoles will be distributed at that time. Bachelor's degree graduates should line up on the first floor of Pickett; associate degree graduates should line up on the second floor.

Caps and gowns: Available for pick up at the Paul Smith’s bookstore beginning Monday, April 6, during regular hours. Last-minute distribution begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. 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 has been 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 6, with designated hours posted on the door. There is no charge for the announcements. 

Announcements 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 MayDecember 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 there are no pets allowed on campus.

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 10, 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 invitation to attend will be done by email by Doreen Stratton 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.

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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