Preliminary Schedule – COMMENCEMENT 2019

Cap and gown order
Senior Week Activities take place from Tuesday, May 14 until Friday, May 17. All Seniors who have purchased a Senior Week bracelet are invited to these events.

Senior Bracelet sales will begin on April 15. Sales take place in the Office of Student Activities from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Graduating Seniors and MAT Students should submit their cap and gown order no later than April 1. When you complete the online form, you will see that there is no cost indicated. The cost of your cap and gown is rolled into your student activity fee. The materials that you receive are yours to keep.

Mark your calendar for Cap and Gown Day on Tuesday, May 7 in the Vandervort Room from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This is the day that you will pick up the materials ordered on the site.

Tuesday, May 7

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cap and Gown Distribution
Vandervort Room

Tuesday, May 14

2 – 4 p.m.
Macarollin Food Truck
Front of Scandling Center

6 p.m.
Bingo with PRIZES and food!

Taste of Geneva
Downtown Geneva

Wednesday, May 15

12 – 4 p.m.
Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting
Stern Lawn (Rain Location: Vandervort Room)
Sign up for your time slot when you purchase your bracelet!

8 – 10 p.m.
Outdoor Movie and Food Trucks
Vandervort Room

Thursday, May 16

8:30 a.m.
Senior Golf Outing for Hobart Senior Athletes
Silver Creek Golf Course
8:30 a.m. check-in/9:00 a.m. tee off

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Senior Brunch
Vandervort Room

6:30 p.m.
Walk with Interim President McGuire to Houghton House
Gather at Coxe Hall Steps

7 p.m.
Senior Dinner
Houghton House

8:30 p.m.
Senior Toast and Band
Bartlett Theater

Friday, May 17

2 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal
The Quad (Rain Location: Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House)

2:30 p.m.
42nd Annual William Smith Alumnae Association Senior Welcome Toast
(Immediately following Commencement Rehearsal)
The L. Thomas Melly ’52 Lobby, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

Hobart Launch
(Immediately following Commencement Rehearsal)
Bozzuto Boathouse. This event is for Hobart Seniors and Alumni only.
Seniors are asked to gather at 3 p.m. at the top of the Boathouse path.
(Rain Location: Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House)

4 – 8 p.m.
Commencement Headquarters Open (Room keys, meal tickets)
Scandling Campus Center

6 – 9 p.m. 
Senior BBQ with Families (Tickets available pre-order or at the event)
Stern Lawn (Rain Location: Scandling Campus Center)
Barbeque from 6 – 8 p.m., fireworks around 9 p.m.

8 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat Dessert Reception
The Abbe Center for Jewish Life

Saturday, May 18

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Commencement Headquarters Open (Room keys, meal tickets)
Scandling Campus Center

10 a.m.
Academic Achievement Ceremony
Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House, 283 Hamilton Street
Transportation available from Medbery Parking Lot

1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Christine Janis ’76
St. John’s Chapel

3:15 p.m.
POSSE Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Froelich Hall, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

4:45 p.m.
First Generation Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Albright Auditorium

6 – 8 p.m.
Intercultural Affairs Center, 288 Pulteney Street

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Senior Celebration Dinner (Reserved tickets required)
The Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center

Sunday, May 19

8 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
St. John’s Chapel

8 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast (Reserved tickets required)
The Great Hall of Saga, Scandling Campus Center

10 a.m.
Commencement Procession

10:30 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony
Speaker: Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14
The Quad (Rain Location: Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House)

Post-Commencement Reception
Stern Lawn
If indoor ceremony, Post-Commencement Reception will be cancelled.

1 p.m.
Post-Commencement Luncheon (Reserved tickets required)
The Great Hall of Saga, Scandling Campus Center

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Farewell Lunch
Intercultural Affairs, 288 Pulteney Street

Housing & Meal Registration

Register for Meals and Housing


Commencement Coverage


Commencement Stream

Commencement 2019 will be streamed live on Sunday, May 19 starting at 10 a.m.

Additional Information


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Commencement 2015
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