Students at commencement ceremony in caps and gowns

Commencement

Commencement

Spring 2019 Commencement, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.

The May 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held on the field at our outdoor track. We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2019!

  • Parking on campus will be very limited. Please plan to arrive by 9 a.m. to secure a parking spot and seating. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • A drop-off area at the ceremony location will be available for people with mobility impairments.
  • We suggest flat, comfortable footwear that will be appropriate for navigating the grass and soft terrain of an athletic field.

 

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Ceremony Logistics

  • Line up at 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to Smith Hall.  Arrive dressed in your gown, cap, and hood. Please remain in this area until ushers prompt you that the ceremony is starting.
  • Bring your name card with your name spelled phonetically. You need to pick up a name card at the bookstore prior to commencement. (On-campus students can pick one up with your cap and gown. Off-campus students will need to stop in the bookstore to pick up a name card before graduation, or get one from an usher during line-up.)
  • Ushers will guide you to your seats as part of the processional at the start of the ceremony, promptly at 10 a.m.
  • When you arrive at your seat, please fill in the row and make sure there are no empty seats next to you to ensure enough space for all graduates.
  • Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony.
  • Additional seating will be available both in The Okun Theatre and in the Farrell Commons, where the ceremony will be live-streamed on large screens. Seating in these locations is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking

  • Parking Map
  • When you arrive on campus, please follow the directions from parking attendants. Parking attendants will direct you to the closest available parking lot.
  • On-campus parking will be very limited. Please plan to arrive by 9 a.m. to secure a parking spot and seating. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • Additional parking will be available at our Valley Campus with a shuttle bus to transport guests to the ceremony. The Valley Campus is located at 1104 Arbor Hill Road in Delhi, about 2 miles from the main campus. Parking is also available in the village of Delhi in any legal space on village streets. (No shuttles will be provided for parking in the village; guests should be prepared to walk to the ceremony location.)
  • A shuttle service will be provided to the ceremony from all main campus parking lots and from the Valley Campus. Shuttles will begin at 8 a.m. 
  • A drop-off area at the ceremony location will be available for people with mobility impairments.


Ceremony

  • Guests will be seated from 8 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.
  • Seating for guests needing accessible accommodations will be available. Please see an usher for assistance if you need any accommodations.
  • Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony.
  • The ceremony will also be live streamed on large screens inside Farrell Center in the Okun Theatre and in the Farrell Commons. Seating in these locations is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The ceremony will last approximately two+ hours. There will be no admittance during the processional and until after the National Anthem is completed.
  • Each graduate will receive a complimentary photo with their diploma, courtesy of the Alumni Association. Additional photographs may be ordered by contacting Commencement Photos.
  • Guests are asked to refrain from leaving their seats during the ceremony to take photographs. The college will post candid photographs of the commencement ceremony online.
  • After the ceremony concludes, we respectfully ask that guests remain seated until the stage party has recessed.
  • Please do not block fire lanes or aisles at any time.
  • Please follow instructions from ushers.
  • There will be a small reception at the end of the event that will allow guests ample opportunity to take photos.

Questions about Commencement

Contact the Commencement Committee Chairperson at 607-746-4352 or millerjb@delhi.edu.

Accessibility

  • Accessible seating is available as needed. Please see an usher and they will be able to assist you.
  • Seating for guests needing accessible accommodations begins at 8 a.m.
  • Drop-off at the Track Field is available for people with mobility impairments.
  • ASL interpreters will be provided by Empire Interpreting.

Off-Site Viewing

If you cannot join us in person, we invite you to watch a live-stream of the ceremony online!

Pets on Campus

No pets are allowed in campus buildings, on the track, or among the seated guests unless they are Service Dogs or Leading Dogs.

Attire & Footwear

While the forecast is predicting sun for Saturday, the weather will be cooler in the morning and we cannot count out the possibility of a rain shower. Dressing in layers and bringing rain gear are suggested to help keep you comfortable. Rain jackets or ponchos are preferred over umbrellas so sightlines are not blocked. Sunglasses and hats may also be useful.  The ground on the field will be very soft and likely wet. We suggest flat, comfortable footwear appropriate for damp grass and mixed terrain.

Bookstore Hours

The Barnes & Noble Campus Store will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.