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The Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate ceremony is an interdenominational religious service that celebrates your college experience and your commencement of a new life. Attendance is voluntary, not required, but most students and their families find this a happy and fulfilling occasion.
  • If you wish to take part, be present in your robes (without the hood) to line up at 2:45 pm Saturday. If there is rain, line up in the Field House corridor by the old squash courts; if the weather is sunny, in the area in front of the Athletic Center.
  • Additional specific questions should be directed to Jeffrey McArn, College Chaplain. (315-859-4130)

The Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony, like other ceremonies, should be conducted with dignity and without confusion.
  • Students assemble at 9:30 am on the roadway in front of the Blood Fitness Center. (If weather is bad, you assemble in the Alumni Gym.) Be sure to go to the bathroom before you line up -- commencement will end about 12:45.
  • You must be dressed in your robes (with your hood). The College Marshal has the authority to remove from the commencement line any student whose presence is disruptive or whose behavior or dress is inappropriate; the student will not receive a diploma until next year.
  • Any student who suffers an injury which interferes with his or her ability to process at Commencement should contact the office of the Dean of Students immediately.

Procedures for receiving your diploma

  • Rows go forward together at signal from student marshal.
  • Stand at the top of the ramp and wait until Dean Thompson gives the signal. Dean Urgo will call your name as you walk forward. Cross stage to receive diploma.
  • When you reach President Stewart, shake her right hand and receive your diploma in your left hand. Look at the President as you receive your diploma — your photograph will be taken.
  • Walk down ramp, receive cane.
  • DO NOT look at your diploma until you reach your seat. If the name on it is not yours, you will probably find that the next person, or somebody two seats from you, has yours. You can make the exchange quietly in your seat.


  • At the end of the ceremonies, all process out of the Field House. The Faculty form two rows, between which students pass. At this time faculty say farewell to you.
  • Arrange in advance with your family for a place on the campus where you will meet after the ceremonies. It should not be right at the end of the line of march.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Event Administrator Sue Campanie in the Office of the President
315-859-4106 or scampani@hamilton.edu
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