Seniors can find resources for commencement at the bookstore.


The Hamilton community looks forward to welcoming family and friends of the Class of 2024 to campus for Commencement Weekend. Tickets are not required for any weekend ceremonies or meals.


Planning for Commencement

  • 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 by May 1, 2024 (or arrangements made to do so to the satisfaction of the Business Office).

Tickets are not required for any weekend ceremonies or meals. The Margaret Bundy Scott Field House will accommodate up to eight guests per graduating senior. 

Please visit our accommodations page for an updated list of local establishments.

Seniors will place orders for environmentally friendly “GreenWeaver” academic regalia through the Bookstore. Seniors (including those students who will return to walk in the ceremony) should submit their name, height, and weight to hambooks@hamilton.edu by February 28. There is no cost for students' cap and gown. 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.

Seniors may place orders for class rings directly through Jostens at www.jostens.com

Diploma frames from Framing Success and Churchill Classics are available for purchase at the Bookstore, 315-859-4242, hambooks@hamilton.edu or www.hamilton.edu/bookstore.

Information regarding special-order announcements is available at www.jostens.com or by contacting Josten's at (800) 854-7464.

2024 Hamilton yearbooks will be mailed next fall to the current address on file for each graduate. Photos from Commencement will be included in the yearbook. To update addresses, email hamily@hamilton.edu

International students may wish to invite friends or relatives to attend the commencement ceremony. Unless they are subject to a visa waiver, they will need to apply for a B-2 visitor visa to come to visit you here. Information about this process can be found here.

Weekend Details

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.

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.

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

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 in campus facilities for public events.

During the ceremony, Island Photography will take photos of each student as they cross the stage. 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 Island Photography if you have any questions (www.islandphoto.com, or 800-869-0908). 

The Margaret Bundy Scott Field House will accommodate up to eight guests per graduating senior. Tickets will be not 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.

Tickets are not required for any weekend ceremonies or meals. The Margaret Bundy Scott Field House will accommodate up to eight guests per graduating senior. 

The baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live online at hamilton.edu/commencement

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

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.

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