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Commencement

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will celebrate the 111th graduation for William Smith and the 197th graduation for Hobart. We welcome your participation in the full weekend of events which are detailed below.

Friday, May 20

6 - 9:30 p.m.
SENIOR FAMILY BARBEQUE
Stern Lawn
Registration required, more details to come!

8 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat Dessert Reception in Honor of the Classes of 2022
Abbe Center for Jewish Life, 764 S. Main Street

Saturday, May 21

1:30 p.m.
BACCALAUREATE
St. John’s Chapel
For members of the Classes of 2022 and their guests. This is a ceremony of transition, thankfulness and reflection in honor of our graduates.

3 p.m.
First Generation Initiative Ceremony
Stern Lawn Tent

4:30 p.m.
Posse Ceremony
Stern Lawn Tent

Sunday, May 22

7:30 - 11 a.m.
au bon pain
Warren Hunting Smith Library, lobby
Cash/credit card service, beverages and baked goods

8 a.m.
Service of Holy Eucharist with Communion
St. John’s Chapel
All are welcome

10 a.m.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
The Hobart Quad
The ceremony will happen rain, snow or shine. We strongly encourage all participants to watch the weather forecast and dress accordingly – including bringing an umbrella if the forecast calls for showers and dressing warmly. Since we will be outdoors on grass surfaces, please wear appropriate footwear for the weather and conditions.

Immediately following Commencement Exercises
COMMENCEMENT DAY LUNCHEON
Saga Dining Hall
Registration is required, more details to follow.

ACCOMMODATIONS

LOCAL LODGING and RENTALS
A list of local accommodations can be found here. Please make reservations directly with your hotel of choice. We suggest doing so soon as rooms will be booked quickly.

ON CAMPUS HOUSING
Rooms are available for families in residence halls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. These dormitory rooms have two twin beds with shared bathrooms and limited amenities. Linens are included but we recommend you bring extra pillows, towels, a fan and an alarm clock. Guests need to register.  More details to follow.

MEALS

Throughout the weekend, the Colleges offer special meals including a Family Barbeque on Friday night, Commencement Day breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  (See details above). Vegetarian and gluten-free entrees will be available at all meals. Children five (5) and under eat for free and do not require reservations or tickets for any event.

OTHER

TICKETS FOR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Tickets are not required. There will be plenty of seating available (rain or shine), and all family and friends are welcome to attend. Commencement is held outdoors on the Hobart Quad with unlimited seating. The ceremony will be simulcast on campus as well. Locations to be announced.

RAIN PLAN
The ceremony will happen rain, snow or shine. We strongly encourage all participants to watch the weather forecast and dress accordingly – including bringing an umbrella if the forecast calls for showers and dressing warmly. Since we will be outdoors on grass surfaces, please wear appropriate footwear for the weather and conditions. In the event of severe storms with lightning, the ceremony would end, and graduates will be directed to pick up diplomas in an assigned location.

RADIO COVERAGE
WGVA (1240 AM and 96.1 FM), WEOS (89.7 and 90.3 FM) and WHWS 105.7 FM will make continuous announcements on Sunday morning beginning at 7 a.m. You may also check the HWS Update for the most current information.

SPECIAL NEEDS
If you have special needs that may require accommodation in order to ensure your full participation, please contact the Parents Office at (315) 781-3700. There will be a sign language interpreter at Commencement, and the ceremony will be simulcast to another location on campus.

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 20 and Saturday, May 21, and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Phone: (315) 781-3449. For class rings, visit the Balfour website.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO SERVICES
A professional photographer will photograph each senior as he/she receives his/her diploma. More information to follow.
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.

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. Ask your graduating senior to watch for details in their email.

STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS
Students will be notified via student email about schedules for rehearsals and procedures. Namecoach will also be used 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 Engagement with questions at (315) 781-3513.

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 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 or family member’s email address, and states in the inquiry that they are providing permission for their parent or designated party to be included in Registrar email correspondence, then they will be included in the response. Please allow several days for a response, as many students are writing in with questions at the same time.

If you have any additional questions regarding Commencement, please contact the Parents Office at (315) 781-3700 or at parentsoffice@hws.edu.