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Commencement Weekend Information

  • Seniors must be certified by the registrar as having passed all the academic requirements for the A.B.
  • 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 Shannon Phelps at BTI Travel Consultants for assistance (1-800-472-7447).


Information regarding special-order announcements will be mailed from the College Store in February and will also be available at the "Grad-Fair Days" on April 12 and 13 at the College Store. Prices will vary depending on the package. Generic announcements will be available beginning March 15 (College Store: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu).

Caps and Gowns (Academic Regalia)

Seniors will place orders for academic regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) through the bookstore during "Grad-Fair Days," April 12 and 13. Phone orders will be accepted after April 3 for students not on campus. Regalia will be available for pick-up during senior week and will cost $45 per package (College Store: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu).

Ceremony Seating

Due to recent New York State fire safety mandates, a maximum of 4,000 guests, resulting in nine guests per graduating senior, will be allowed into the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Please plan accordingly. We strongly encourage friends and family members to arrive on campus no later than 9:15 am to find parking and seating. Should capacity be reached, guests may watch the ceremony from any television on campus on the College's closed-circuit station.

If the Commencement ceremony is outside, the College can accommodate an unlimited number of guests.

Class Rings

ArtCarved will be at the College Store to take orders for class rings during "Grad-Fair Days" on April 12 and 13 and Commencement Weekend. Prices vary (College Store: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu).

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames from Framing Success will be available at the College Store during Commencement Weekend (College Store: 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu).

DVD-R Recordings

A DVD-R of the Commencement ceremony will be available for $20 and should be ordered in advance by filling out the enclosed order card and returning it with your payment. Before reproduction, the recording is carefully edited to ensure a quality product. DVD-Rs are reproduced in the "Region Zero" format which can be played on most DVD players worldwide. Allow 10 weeks for delivery.


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 (Admission Office) 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 the Commencement ceremony.

The College does not permit parking behind the Bristol Center or Soper Commons Dining Hall. 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 either Baccalaureate or Commencement.

Professional Photography

Hamilton College contracts with a professional photographer to photograph each graduate as he/she receives a diploma. Chappell Graduation Images will mail individual proofs shortly after May 23, but there is no obligation. Questions about the company, the process or any photography should be directed to Chappell's Customer Service (1-800-424-3686 or www.chappell.com).

Special Assistance

Arrangements for guests with special needs should be made through Lauri Swan in the Office of the President by May 7, 2004. A limited number of wheelchairs are available (315-859-4104 or lswan@hamilton.edu).
Hearing-assisted devices will be available at the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. Please look for the audiovisual sign just prior to the ceremony.

A credit card or license will be required as security (Audiovisual Services: 315-859-4120).

Tickets for the Commencement Picnic

Tickets are required for the Commencement picnic buffet on Sunday. Orders should be placed in advance by contacting events@hamilton.edu or by calling (315) 859-4106. A limited number of additional tickets will be available for purchase at the time of the picnic. Tickets will not be mailed. They may be picked up at Emerson Hall. Meals in the dining halls on Friday and Saturday do not require tickets, nor are reservations necessary.

Web Video Stream

There will be a live video broadcast of the Commencement ceremony on the Web for the convenience of those who are unable to travel to the College.

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