Preliminary Commencement Schedule

Senior Week Activities take place from Tuesday, May 9 until Friday, May 12. All Seniors who have purchased a Senior Week bracelet are invited to these events.

Senior Bracelet Sales will begin April 24 – 25 with Stewardson Society Members only*. April 26th – May 2nd, all students can purchase a senior week bracelet. Sales are located in the Office of Student Activities from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and are $30 cash or check. *If you would like to become a Stewardson Society member, click here.


Cap and Gown Distribution will be Wednesday, May 3 from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Center. New this year, if we implement the rain plan for Commencement, it will be held in the Robert A. Bristol ’31 Field House, and each student will be allotted up to eight (8) tickets for family and friends. Students will get these tickets also at Cap and Gown Day on Wednesday, May 3. If the weather is conducive for Commencement outdoors on the Hobart Quad, there will not be a limit on attendees and tickets will not be required.


12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Finger Lakes Tasting Tour
Stern Lawn
Sign up for your time slot when you purchase your bracelet!

8 p.m.
Lawn Game Tournament
Location: Bristol Lawn
Rain Location: Vandervort Room


8:30 a.m.
Senior Golf Outing for Hobart Senior Athletes
Silver Creek Golf Course
8:30 a.m. check-in / 9:00 a.m. tee off
Cost: Free

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Senior Brunch
Location: Stern and Bristol Lawn
Brunch buffet, Mimosas, and lawn games

6:30 p.m.
Walk with President Gearan to Houghton House, Meet at Coxe Steps

7 p.m.
Senior Dinner
Location: Houghton House Lawn

8:30 p.m.
Presidential Toast and Garage Band
Location: Bartlett Theater


2 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal and Alumni/Alumnae Speakers
Location: The Quad
Rain Location: Robert A. Bristol Field House

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
40th Annual William Smith Alumnae Association Senior Welcome Toast
Location: The L. Thomas Melly '52 Lobby, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Hobart Launch
Location: Bozzuto Boathouse. This event is for Hobart Seniors and Alumni only. Seniors are asked to gather at 3 p.m. at the top of the Boathouse path.
Storm Location: Robert A. Bristol Field House

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Parents' Registration (Room keys, meal tickets)
Scandling Campus Center

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Senior BBQ & Fireworks (Dinner served 6-8pm, reserved tickets required)
Location: Stern Lawn
Rain location: Scandling Campus Center


10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Parents' Welcome Desk (Room keys, meal tickets)
Scandling Campus Center

10 a.m.
Academic Achievement Ceremony
Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House
283 Hamilton Street
Transportation available from Medbery Parking Lot

1:30 p.m.
Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Prince Singh
Trinity Church, 520 S. Main Street

3:30 p.m.
POSSE Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Location: The L. Thomas Melly '52 Lobby, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Intercultural Affairs Center
288 Pulteney Street

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Candlelight Dinner Gala (Reserved tickets required)
Scandling Center, Saga


8 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
St. John's Chapel

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast (Reserved tickets required)
Scandling Center, Saga

10 a.m.
Commencement Procession

10:30 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony
Speaker: President Bill Clinton
Location: The Quad
Rain Location: Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House
Post-Commencement Reception
Stern Lawn
If indoor ceremony, Post-Commencement Reception will be cancelled.

1 p.m.
Post-Commencement Luncheon (Reserved tickets required)
Scandling Center, Saga

1 p.m.
Farewell Reception
Intercultural Affairs
288 Pulteney Street



Commencement 2017 will be streamed live on Sunday, May 14 starting at 10:30 a.m.



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