Susan Campanie, Events Administrator

Commencement Weekend Information

  • Seniors must be certified by the registrar as having passed all the academic requirements for the A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) degree.
  • All bills must be paid (or arrangements made to do so to the satisfaction of the controller).


Accommodations are always limited for Commencement Weekend. Please plan ahead. Hamilton College Commencement Weekend guests may contact BTI Travel Consultants for assistance (800-472-7447) or go to www.hamilton.edu/accommodations. A limited number a rooms in private homes may also be available through the ABC Program.


Information regarding special-order announcements is available at www.balfour.com. Prices vary. Hamilton College Bookstore, 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu.

Baccalaureate Service

Families are invited to attend this multi-faith celebration, which includes remarks by a noted speaker, students and chaplains reading texts from a variety of spiritual traditions, and a performance by the College Choir. Seniors who wish to participate process in academic regalia.

Campus Facilities

Use of campus facilities during Commencement Weekend is restricted to College-sponsored events. For venues for private parties refer to attractions or restaurants.

Caps and Gowns (Academic Regalia)

Seniors will place orders for environmentally friendly “greenweaver” academic regalia through the Bookstore during Grad-Fair Days, March 5 and 6. Cost is included in the Commencement fee. Phone orders will be accepted after March 5 for students not on campus. Regalia can be picked up at the end of Senior Week. Hamilton College Bookstore: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu.

Class Rings

Balfour will be at the Bookstore to take orders for class rings during Grad-Fair Days on March 5 and 6 and Commencement Weekend. Prices vary. Hamilton College Bookstore: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu or Balfour.

Commencement Fee

A Commencement fee of $110 is added to the January bills for members of the senior class. This fee covers the cost of each graduate’s cap and gown, the picnic buffet for graduates and their guests on Commencement Day and incidental expenses related to the weekend.

Commencement Seating

The Margaret Bundy Scott Field House has a seating capacity of 5,000, or approximately nine guests per graduating senior. Tickets will not be issued. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and all guests are encouraged to arrive on campus no later than 9:15 a.m. to find parking and seating. Please note that ushers will not allow “early-birds” to save blocks of seats.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames from Framing Success and Churchill Classics are available at the Bookstore. Hamilton College Bookstore: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu.

DVD Recordings

A two-DVD set of Baccalaureate and Commencement will be available for $25 and should be ordered in advance. Allow 10 weeks for delivery.


In case of emergency, contact the Campus Safety Office 24 hours a day, 315-859-4000.


Flower Sales

The Clinton Florist will be selling flowers prior to Commencement and immediately following. All profits will benefit the Clinton ABC House (A Better Chance). Arrangements and prices will vary. 315-853-2731.

Lost and Found

Check with Campus Safety for items lost or found during Commencement Weekend. 315-859-4141.


Cars may be parked in the Visitors Parking Lot (on College Hill Road, opposite Benedict Hall) and North Lot; next to the Elihu Root House and the Anderson-Connell Alumni Center; behind Dunham Hall; and in all parking lots on the Kirkland campus.

No cars may be parked in the Main or Western quadrangles. Cars will not be allowed into the quadrangles after Thursday evening; they will be readmitted for the removal of personal belongings from residence halls on Sunday afternoon after following Commencement.

The College does not permit public parking behind the Bristol Center, Sadove Student Center or Soper Hall of Commons. By law, parking is not permitted on Campus Road.

On Sunday morning, shuttle buses will be available from North Lot and the Kirkland campus lots for the convenience of guests.


Pets are not welcome at the ceremonies. Please do not bring your pet to any Commencement Weekend event.


During the ceremony, Island Photography will take photos of each student receiving the diploma and cane.  Following Commencement, their staff will be at the library from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and available to take family/friends portraits. There will be no cost for the service, but if you choose to purchase the picture, the charge will depend on size and quantity ordered.  You are welcome to just stop by, or you may sign up for an appointment using this link.


Tickets are NOT required for any weekend ceremonies or meals.

Web Video Stream

Those who are unable to attend Commencement can watch a live webcast of the ceremony from any computer with Internet access.

Wheelchair and Special Assistance

To make seating arrangements for guests with wheelchairs or other special needs, please call 315-859-4529.

Hearing-assistive devices will be available on loan in the main entrance of the Field House during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. No advance reservation is necessary, but identification will be required. Audiovisual Services, 315-859-4120.


2014 Hamilton yearbooks will be mailed in the fall to the current address on file for each graduate. Photos from Commencement will be included in the yearbook. To update addresses, go to www.hamilton.edu/alumni.