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Commencement

PARENT & FAMILY INFORMATION – COMMENCEMENT 2020

On Sunday, June 6, 2021, we will celebrate the 195th Commencement for Hobart College and the 109th Commencement for William Smith College at 10 a.m. on the Hobart Quadrangle. General information is provided below.

BROADCAST ARRANGEMENTS

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed online starting at 10:00 a.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, DIPLOMA FRAMES, CLASS RINGS

The College Store is your source for announcements/invitations and diploma frames. Visit the College Store and click on Graduation Items. The College Store will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. Phone: (315) 781-3449. For class rings, visit the Balfour website.

COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION OPTIONS

Limited edition Finger Lakes Goods Commencement gift boxes are available.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO SERVICES

A professional photographer will photograph each senior as he/she receives his/her diploma. You will receive a color proof and order form a few weeks after Commencement from Genesee Photo Systems. Personalized DVD/Blu-Ray Videos of Commencement Exercises will be available through the online order form. For questions, contact IT Services at 315-781-4357.

Genesee Photo Systems, 1015 W. 4th Ave. Stillwater, OK, 74074, 1-800-345-7427

PRESS RELEASES

Press releases will be sent to the hometown newspaper of graduates after Commencement. As soon as possible prior to Commencement, please email publicity@hws.edu with your hometown newspaper’s name, address (e-mail address if they have one) along with a current photo of the graduate.

CAP AND GOWNS

Please contact the College Store at (315) 781-3449 with questions about cap and gowns.

STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS

Students will be notified about schedules for rehearsals and procedures to ensure correct name pronunciation for Commencement.

The Senior Week Committee plans activities for seniors during the week before Commencement. Contact the Office of Student Activities with questions at (315) 781-3513.
If you have any additional questions regarding Commencement Weekend, please contact the Parents Office at (315) 781-3700.

OUTSTANDING BILL

Students slated for graduation will receive a final E-Bill in April, which must be paid by the due date to avoid commencement, diploma, and transcript holds. E-bills are generated by the Student Accounts Department, and issued via each student’s Nelnet account. Questions about billing can be directed to Student Accounts at 315-781-3343 or studentaccounts@hws.edu.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Should you have any questions regarding your child’s eligibility for graduation, the student may email Linda Radin at radin@hws.edu from their HWS email account with concerns. If the student includes their parent email address, and states in the inquiry that they are providing permission for their parent to be included in Registrar email correspondence, then the parent (or other designated party) will be included in the response.

Messages to the Community

Commencement 2020 Reminder by Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevanne DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23 - May 20, 2021

Commencement 2020 Update by Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevanne DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23 - April 30, 2021

Commencement 2020 Details and Guest Registration by Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevanne DeVaney '95, P'21, P'23 - April 20, 2021

Commencement 2020 by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - March 22, 2021


Additional Information

Commencement 2020 Transcripts
Commencement 2021

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