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PARENT & FAMILY INFORMATION – COMMENCEMENT 2021

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will celebrate the 196th Commencement for Hobart College and the 110th Commencement for William Smith College at 10 a.m. on the Hobart Quadrangle. General information is provided below. Please check back for updated details.

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BROADCAST ARRANGEMENTS 
The Commencement ceremony will be simulcast on campus in a location to be announced. Additionally, Commencement will be streamed online starting at 10:15 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, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. 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 registration form. For questions, contact IT Services at 315-781-4357.

Genesee Photo Systems, 105 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
The College Store will offer an online store for caps and gowns beginning in February 2021. Ask your graduating senior to watch for details in their email.

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

SENIOR WEEK EVENTS
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 prior to Commencement. 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.

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.