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Commencement Logistics

Note: 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 email will be sent to all graduates, and an announcement will be made on local radio stations and on this website.

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 Commencement 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.

Accommodations

On campus

There are a very limited number of on-campus rooms available for Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. As such, we will be limiting reservations to two rooms per graduating student. Each room will come with two twin extra-long beds, two desks, two closets and access to shared bathrooms on the floor. No linens will be provided and must be brought by the individuals making the reservation. Each room is $60 per night, payable in cash or check upon arrival.

Complete Online Reservation Form

Note: Filling out this form does not guarantee a reservation. We will be emailing out confirmations  starting on April 4. Once we are full, we will be adding reservations to our waiting list and will communicate status with those who make the reservations.

Each guest must be fully vaccinated (2 shots of Pfizer, 2 shots of Moderna, 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson) to stay overnight in Commencement Housing. All communication will come via email, so please ensure that the email address you provide is accurate. Specific check in hours and instructions will be sent in May.


Off campus

  • Potsdam and St. Lawrence County offers a number of motels/hotels and Bed & Breakfast. Go online for more information.

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.

Commencement Weekend Hours:
Saturday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(315) 267-2573

Contact Information:
Wannita Richards, The College Store
richarwm@potsdam.edu or (315) 267-3274

Dining

Commencement Breakfast Buffet, Lehman Dining Hall, 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
The cost is $7.50 per person.

Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage links, bacon, French toast sticks and make your own waffles.

Dinner Buffet, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The cost is $12.50 for adults and children ages 5-12 will be $10 and there will be no charge for children under 5.

Menu:
Scalloped & Crab Stuffed Sole a la meuniere
Tortellini with Artichoke & Heirloom tomato sauce
Carved NY Strip with spiced local coffee rub
Roasted garlic & rosemary fingerling potatoe
Martin's Farm asparagus with lemon
Salad bar with Weiser greens and locally sourced vegetables
Artisan dinner rolls
Assorted desserts

Kid's Menu
Chicken Nuggets
Macaroni & Cheese
French Fries
Steamed corn
Pizza

Becky's Place and Tim Horton's will be open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Parking Information

All lots on campus are available for general parking on commencement day with the exception of Lots 1 and 13. Please note that Lot 1 (see the campus parking map here) will be reserved for Handicap Parking. Lot 13 is reserved for honored guests and members of the stage party.

Volunteers will be making the rounds in golf carts for those who need assistance.If you need immediate assistance, please call University Police at (315) 267-2222.

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.

Masks are optional for graduates and guests. Those who are unvaccinated are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others.

Photography

The College has retained the services of a commercial photographer, and participants will be photographed as they shake hands with the Officer in Charge 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.

Tickets

An unlimited number of guests may attend the outside Commencement ceremony and no tickets are required. In the case of extreme weather, the ceremony will be moved inside and each graduate will receive four tickets for the emergency indoor ceremony.

Weather

The ceremony will be in the Academic Quad (rain or shine) 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. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Severe or Extreme Weather

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 email will be sent to all graduates, and an announcement will be made on local radio stations and on this website.