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Information for Family & Friends

Dates

Commencement is a meaningful occasion for all graduates and their families. We invite family and friends to honor their student by attending Commencement.

Saturday, May 20 - Commencement Ceremony - 10:15 a.m. - Academic Quad

This ceremony takes place outside in the Academic Quad. Family and friends are welcome to attend this non-ticketed event. The ceremony will be moved inside only in the case of extreme weather. Each graduate receives five tickets for the emergency indoor ceremony.

Campus Map

The campus map and campus parking map are available at: http://www.potsdam.edu/about/visit/maps.cfm
 

Accommodations

On campus

  • A limited number of on-campus rooms will be available for Commencement guests. Housing reservations may be made starting on Wednesday, April 5 after 9 a.m.
  • Reservations can be made by filling out the Residence Life Commencement Housing form.
  • On-campus Commencement housing is for Friday, May 19, 2017 to Saturday, May 20, 2017.
  • Room rates are:
    • Double: $50 per night
  • As space is very limited, rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in a traditional residence hall (twin beds, no private baths).
  • All rooms come with linen (sheets, towels, pillows, pillowcases and blankets).
  • Check-in will be between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

Off campus

  • Potsdam and St. Lawrence County offers a number of motels/motels and Bed & Breakfast. The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce lists a number of options in the area:www.northcountryguide.com

 

Saturday, May 20 - Commencement Ceremony

Commencement will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the Academic Quad - Rain or Shine

  • Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. The ceremony will be outside unless there are severe or extreme weather conditions. There will be an option for guests who are uncomfortable with the weather conditions to watch the ceremony inside on a large screen, in the Multi-purpose Room of the Barrington Student Union.

Outside seating will be available, but guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. An unlimited number of guests may attend the outside ceremony and no tickets are required.
 

  • 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Lehman Dining Hall
    $7.75 Cash and Bear Express, $6.40 Flex, one meal on your meal plan (can only be used by plan holder), or guest pass.
     
  • 9 a.m.
    Childcare available in the Merritt Hall Gymnasium until 1 p.m. Childcare is free, but you must register your child by calling (315) 267-2100. Children will be provided with snacks and beverages. Please notify caregivers if your child has allergies or other health concerns.
     
  • Before 9:30 a.m.
    Students line up on East Side of the Crumb Library (between the library and Merritt Hall). Guests may find seating on the West Side of the Crumb Library in the quad.
     
  • 10 a.m.
    Procession begins to move toward the ceremony site.
     
  • 10:15 a.m.
    Ceremony begins.
     
  • Approximately 1 p.m.
    Students and guests are invited to an outside reception after the ceremony, weather permitting.
     
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Commencement Dinner Buffet
    A dinner buffet will be held in Lehman Dining Hall and will begin serving at 1 p.m. The cost is $12 per person and children under 6 are free. Please RSVP to confirm the number in your party by contacting Susan Towne: townesl@potsdam.edu or 315-267-2657.

    Menu
    Salad Bar

    Assorted pizzas 

    Station 1
    Pasta with 2 sauces
    Garlic bread/rolls
    Baked shells with spinach ricotta filling
    Meatballs
    Fresh green beans

    Station 2
    Carved roast beef with au jus and horseradish
    Mashed potato/gravy
    Chef’s vegetables
    Baked cod with herbed bread crumbs and butter
    Vegan sweet potato curry
    brown rice

Decorum

Commencement is an important occasion for all of us, and, as such, the ceremony should be formal and dignified. Guests and graduates are reminded that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Anyone found to have alcoholic beverages in their possession during the program will be asked to leave. Also, noisemakers and other distractions will not be permitted.

Please do NOT bring pets. Service animals only please.

Guests and graduates are also asked to remain seated until the ceremony is completed, in deference to those graduates who are last to cross the stage.
 

Accessibility

  • Seating for guests who are physically challenged or require special accommodations will be available. There will be a sign language interpreter on the Commencement stage.

Please Note: Some care should be given to decisions about whether to invite very elderly or infirm guests to the bachelor's ceremony. The outdoor ceremony exposes people to the elements. Limited seating will be available in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Barrington Student Union for those who cannot tolerate the elements will be able to see the ceremony on a large screen.
 

Childcare

If you require childcare during the Commencement Ceremony, you must register your child by calling (315) 267-2100. Children will be provided with snacks and beverages. This is a free service. Please notify caregivers if your child has allergies or other health concerns.

Photography
 

The College has retained the services of a commercial photographer, and participants will be photographed as they shake hands with the President and cross the stage. Graduates will receive a color proof of their photograph, which will be sent to their home address, unless the student requests that we keep that information confidential. Graduates, friends and family may place orders but are not obligated to do so.
 

The College Store

The College Store will be open during Commencement weekend. The store provides commencement regalia, diploma frames, logo gifts, clothing and more. Inclement weather apparel will be for sale in the bookstore. Flower bouquets and t-shirts will be available for sale outdoors at the Commencement Ceremony in the quad. These items can be pre-ordered and picked up on campus the day of the ceremony. Please go online to place your order.

http://bookstore.potsdam.edu/

  • Commencement Weekend Hours:
    Saturday, May 20: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    (315) 267-2573
     

Commencement Emergency Weather Plan

A decision to move the ceremony inside will be made no later than 6 a.m. on Saturday only if extreme weather conditions are forecast (lightning, freezing temperatures, etc).

If the emergency plan is implemented, an e-mail will be sent to all graduates, and an announcement will be made on local radio stations and at www.potsdam.edu/current/commencement

Emergency Ceremony A - 10:15 a.m. - Maxcy Hall Ice Arena

  • Students graduating with the following majors will participate in Ceremony A at 10:15 a.m. in the Ice Arena:
    • Art
      Art History
      Art Studio
      Graphic Design
    • Visual Arts
    • Business Administration
    • Community Health
    • Crane
      Music Business
      Music Composition
      Music Education
      Music Performance
      Musical Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Theatre and Dance
      Dance
      Drama
      Theatre
    • All Students earning Master's Degrees
    • These students should report no later than 9:30 a.m. to the Field House in Maxcy for lineup and processional.
    • Arena Doors will open to guests at 9 a.m.
    • Each student will have 5 guest tickets for this ceremony. Tickets are given to students during the Grad Finale or at the College Store when you pick up your cap and gown.
    • Non-ticketed guests may view the ceremony on a large screen from the Maxcy Hall Gym.
    • A reception for Ceremony A students and guests will be held in the Maxcy Hall Gym following Ceremony A.

Ceremony B - 3 p.m. - Maxcy Hall Ice Arena

  • All remaining students (other than those listed above) will graduate in Ceremony B at 3 p.m. in Maxcy Hall Ice Arena.
  • These students should report no later than 2:15 a.m. to the Maxcy Fieldhouse for lineup and processional instructions.
  • Arena Doors will open to guests at 1:30 p.m.
  • Each student will have 5 guest tickets for this ceremony. Tickets are given to students during the Grad Finale or at the College Store when you pick up your cap and gown.
  • Non-ticketed guests may view the ceremony on a large screen from the Maxcy Hall Gym.
  • A reception for Ceremony B students and guests will be held in the Maxcy Hall Gym following Ceremony B.

Questions - Please Contact

Gifts, diploma frames, graduation announcements, etc.

Child Care

  • Call (315) 267-2100 to register for childcare

General Inquiries