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Information for Families

The Hamilton community looks forward to welcoming family and friends of the Class of 2019 to campus for Commencement Weekend. We offer the following information to help make your celebration as enjoyable as possible.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Graduation Requirements
  • 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 Business Office).

Accommodations are always limited for Commencement Weekend. Please plan ahead. 

Graduation Announcements

Information regarding special-order announcements is available at www.balfour.com. Prices vary. Please contact the Bookstore: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu or www.hamilton.edu/bookstore.


Families are invited to attend this multi-faith celebration on Saturday afternoon, which includes remarks by a noted speaker, students and chaplains reading texts from different spiritual traditions, and music selections by the College Choir. Seniors 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 our lists of local attractions and 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 6 for students not on campus. Regalia can be picked up at the end of Senior Week. Please contact the Bookstore: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu or www.hamilton.edu/bookstore.

Class Rings

Please contact the Bookstore at  315-859-4242 or hambooks@hamilton.edu or Balfour at www.balfour.com.

Commencement Fee

A Commencement fee of $120 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, 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu or www.hamilton.edu/bookstore.


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

Lost and Found

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


Cars may be parked in all College parking lots except where designated for special purpose. The Main and Western quadrangles will be closed to all traffic beginning Thursday evening and will reopen to allow for the removal of personal belongings from residence halls on Sunday following Commencement. The College does not permit public parking behind 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.

Accessible parking is available in the Field House lot, which is close to both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.


We are not able to accommodate pets at any Commencement Weekend events. Only certified service animals will be permitted in the Field House. Emotional Support Animals will not be permitted to enter.


During the ceremony, Island Photography will take photos of each student receiving their diploma and cane. You will receive an email to view your proofs within 2-3 days after the ceremony and paper proofs by US mail within 5-7 days. Photographers will also be available for family photos outdoors after the event near the Field House. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions (www.islandphoto.com, custserve@islandphoto.com or 800-869-0908).


Tickets are not required for any weekend ceremonies or meals.

Live Webcast

Those who are unable to attend Baccalaureate and Commencement are invited to watch a live webcast of the ceremonies from any computer with Internet access. Go to www.hamilton.edu/commencement on Sunday.

Wheelchair and Special Assistance

To make seating arrangements for guests with wheelchairs or other special needs, please enter the pertinent information on the online survey or 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.


2019 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.

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