Sunday, May 19th
Commencement weekend activities will begin on Saturday afternoon, May 18. A full schedule outlining those events is highlighted on the Commencement website at www.ithaca.edu/commencement.
Academic Attire – Academic attire may be purchased through the Ithaca College Bookstore. We are again offering sustainable graduation regalia (for Bachelor’s and Master’s Candidates), which combine an elegant traditional design with environmental responsibility. Caps, tassels, gowns, etc. may be picked up at the campus bookstore buyback window Wednesday through Saturday, May 15–18 between 10 am–4 pm and Sunday, May 19 between 7:30 am–9 am.
The cost of academic attire is as follows:
Bachelor’s Candidates: Cap, tassel, and gown is $54.81 (plus tax)
Master’s Candidates: Cap, tassel, and gown is $59.21 (plus tax)
Master’s Hood: $54.33 (plus tax)
Doctoral Candidates: Tam, tassel, hood and gown is $197.41 (plus tax)
Master’s and Doctoral Candidates regalia must be pre-ordered through the Bookstore.
Students may keep the academic regalia. In the event the academic regalia should get wet, the dyes may run and stain clothing. Please take this into consideration in deciding what to wear underneath the regalia. If Commencement is held indoors, graduates must bring their academic regalia to gain admission. For additional information regarding academic attire, please refer to the “Academic Attire” link on our Commencement website.
When academic attire is picked up at the Bookstore, students will also receive a commemorative medallion, which is unique to this year’s graduating class. The medallion is being given in recognition of achievement and serves as a meaningful memento of this special occasion.
Special Hooding Ceremony for Doctoral and Master’s Candidates – All doctoral and master’s candidates and their guests are invited to a special hooding ceremony on Saturday, May 18 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in Glazer Arena, Athletic and Events Center.
Commencement Eve Concert – One of the special highlights of Commencement weekend is the annual Commencement Eve Concert. This year’s Commencement Eve Concert will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 8:30 pm in the Glazer Arena, Athletics and Events Center. The program is entitled “ Echoes… in time and space.” Ithaca College professor and award-winning composer Dana Wilson will direct the concert, which will include performances by the Ithaca College Choir, Wind Ensemble, Marimba Ragtime Band, and Jazz Workshop. The presentation features a unique “kaleidoscope” format that will give listeners nearly an hour of continuous, exciting music. Questions about the concert should be directed to the School of Music, 607-274-3171. Following the concert, all are invited to close the evening with refreshments and a fireworks display from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Commencement Ceremony (Sunday, May 19) – We will make every effort to have an outdoor Commencement ceremony in Butterfield Stadium. In the event of severe weather, a decision regarding any changes to the scheduled time or location will be announced as early as possible on campus, through the Campus Center information desk at 607-374-3201, on the website at www.ithaca.edu, and on radio station WICB 91.7 FM. Given the unpredictability of Ithaca’s springtime weather, be prepared for the possibility of warm, chilly, or wet conditions.
Students must be on the Academic Quad by 8:30 am to prepare for the academic procession. Additional information regarding the procession will be sent to students closer to Commencement. All guests need to be seated no later than 8:45 am since the academic procession to Butterfield Stadium will begin at 9 am. The Commencement ceremony will start at 10 am. As you know, our campus is spacious, and the possibility of a 10- to 15-minute walk from outlying parking areas to Butterfield Stadium should be considered as you plan for the day’s events. Traffic on the roads leading to campus will be very heavy, so please allow at least 90 minutes for traveling, parking and arriving at your location.
Guest Seating and Special Seating – Guest seating in the stadium is available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. There will be a special seating section for individuals who, due to a health or mobility impairment or other disabling condition, cannot or should not walk from the parking lot to the stadium seating. These guests may be driven to an area near the special seating gate where they can be dropped off and assisted to the seating area by a companion or by College personnel if necessary. A sign language interpreter will also be available in the special seating section. Because of space limitations, each individual requiring special accommodations may be accompanied by one guest only. For further information or to reserve seats for your guests who may need assistance, please go to www.ithaca.edu/sacl/safety/parking/CommenceParking or contact the Office of Public Safety/Parking and Traffic Services at (607) 274-3756, weekdays 8:30 am–5 pm.
Cablecast and Webcast – For the convenience of our guests, the Commencement ceremony will be cablecast live to several facilities on and off campus and on local cable channel 16, as noted in the Commencement information brochure. In addition, the ceremony will be web cast live at www.ithaca.edu beginning at 9 am on Commencement day. Portions of the ceremony will also be available for later viewing on the web at www.ithaca.edu/commencement, beginning on Wednesday, May 22 following Commencement.
Receptions – Following the formal Commencement ceremony, all are invited to attend individual school receptions. The time and place of each reception is listed on the Commencement website and in the Pocket Brochure you will receive when you pick up your academic attire. At the reception, students will pick up their diploma cover. The official diploma will be mailed to the student’s permanent address on file in Homer approximately four weeks after graduation. In order to meet printing deadlines for the Commencement program, Latin honors listed in the Commencement program (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) will be based on grade point averages at the end of the fall 2012 semester. Official transcripts and diplomas will reflect the actual Latin honor earned from the student’s complete academic record.
Accommodations – It is often quite difficult at this time of year to secure hotel accommodations in the Ithaca area. Residence hall rooms on campus will be available on a limited basis to parents and family members. Complete information regarding accommodations, including a downloadable reservation form, is available at our Commencement website at: www.ithaca.edu/commencement/accommodations/lodging. Please note the deadline for reservations is Friday, May 3, 2013.
Finally, we are very proud of the leadership of our seniors and graduate students in maintaining the joyful but distinguished character of the Commencement celebration. It takes a tremendous amount of cooperation on everyone’s part to achieve this, and our success is the envy of many other institutions. We continue to strive to provide a Commencement ceremony in which all may participate with pride.