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2022 Degree Candidates

The Hobart College One Hundred and Ninety-Seventh Commencement and William Smith College One Hundred and Eleventh Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022. A student who has no more than two courses outstanding toward degree requirements may participate in commencement exercises. Candidates are personally responsible for satisfactorily completing all degree, academic, and financial requirements.

Please read the following checklist and retain for guidance and continued reference throughout the graduation process.

This is an occasion where the Colleges take great pride in their students’ accomplishments and honor you along with your families, friends, and loved ones. This will be an honorable and dignified celebration and a memorable and festive day for all of us to enjoy.

We applaud your efforts in completing degree requirements and wish you continued success in your future endeavors. See you at rehearsal!

With Appreciation,
Ryan Kendrick

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises are held annually at the end of spring semester. Students are recommended for a degree once they have completed requirements pertaining to their class. A student who has a minimum 2.000 GPA and is within two courses of completing all outstanding degree requirements is allowed to participate in Commencement exercises once voted “upon completion” by the faculty. By long-standing institutional policy, practice, and consensus, there are NO exceptions to this rule. If a student completes all remaining degree requirements prior to October 1 of the same calendar year, the student will receive his or her degree dated May of that year. Notification of outstanding requirements is sent via student senior letters, and to the students’ HWS email accounts throughout the spring semester of their senior year. Degree candidates are recommended to the President and Board of Trustees for approval by faculty vote. Contact the Student Accounts Office at (315) 781-3343 to check on financial requirements.

Federal Stafford Loan and Federal Perkins Loan borrowers are required by the US Department of Education to complete Exit Counseling prior to graduation. All borrowers of Stafford and/or Perkins loans should receive an email with instructions for completing Exit Counseling online. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (315) 781-3315 with any questions.

Should a student have questions concerning the Commencement Exercises or this correspondence, please do not hesitate to call the Registrar’s Office at (315) 781-3651.

Time and Place

Commencement Exercises will be held on the Hobart Quadrangle, Sunday, May 22, 2022. The academic procession begins at 10:00 a.m.  Students will need to arrive for robing between 8:30 AM and 9 AM.   Robing sites will be:

  • MAT, MiM, and Baccalaureate Students with a last name A through K: Bristol Gym
  • Baccalaureate Students with a last name starting L through Z: Winn Seeley Gym


Commencement Rehearsal is Friday, May 20, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. on the Hobart Quadrangle. More information on rehearsal coming soon.

How to robe and wear the commencement regalia

Commencement Robing Video

Broadcast Arrangements

The Commencement exercise will be simulcast in a location to be announced. WHWS 105.7FM (webcast at www.whws.fm) plans to broadcast commencement, beginning at 10:15 a.m. In the case of dangerous weather the event will be canceled. This will be broadcast on WHWS between 7 and 9 a.m.

Video and Photography 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. 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.

SPECIAL NOTE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT PLANNING TO ATTEND: Those who are not planning to attend Commencement, please contact Amy Homhouane at homhouane@hws.edu ASAP.