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Herkimer College 49th Annual Commencement

Herkimer College will hold the 49th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building.

If you are eligible for graduation, please fill out the graduation application here. If you are not on the May probable graduate list here, and believe you should be, please contact the Registrar’s Office immediately. Please note: you must file a graduation application in order to graduate and receive your diploma.

Commencement Regalia
Students planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony can pick up regalia (caps and gowns) in the College Bookstore Monday, April 17 through Friday, May 12. Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To receive caps and gowns, students must show photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, Herkimer College ID or other government issued photo ID). You will be fitted for your cap and gown at pick up, and will be asked to sign for them. If you are unable to pick up your regalia during this time, contact Mr. Prokopienko at prokopijd@herkimer.edu by Friday, May 5 to make special arrangements.

Honors Stoles and Cords
Graduates with a cumulative 3.8 GPA or higher (as of completion of fall 2016 semester) are entitled to wear a gold honors stole distributed to eligible graduates with regalia. If you do not receive an honors stole with your regalia, and you believe you are eligible, please contact the Registrar’s office at 315.574-4037 or registrar@herkimer.edu to confirm your eligibility.

Phi Theta Kappa members in good standing are eligible to wear blue and gold cords, and Honors Program graduates are eligible to wear gold cords. The PTK advisor or Honors program coordinator will communicate with eligible students regarding cords before the end of the semester. Honors stoles and cords will not be available for pick up the day of Commencement.

Veterans are eligible to wear red, white and blue cords. Veterans who receive VA benefits or self-identify themselves to the Registrar with a copy of their DD214 are eligible.

Guest Tickets
Each guest entering the gymnasium will be required to present a ticket. Children ages 3 and up are required to have tickets. Seating in the gymnasium is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Strollers and car seats are strongly discouraged due to space limitations. Guest tickets for admission to the gymnasium will be distributed to participating graduates with regalia at the College Bookstore. Due to a limited seating capacity in the gymnasium, guest tickets are limited, and will be distributed as follows:
• A maximum of four tickets will be given to the first 200 students to pick up regalia.
• A maximum of three tickets will be given to the next 50 students to pick up regalia.
• After that, two tickets will be given to each student until the maximum capacity has been reached.
While we do our best to accommodate as many graduates and guests as possible, we cannot exceed the gymnasium’s capacity for safety reasons.

Special Needs
Graduates who need any special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or a ramp to the stage must notify the Public Relations Office no later than Monday, March 20 at 315-574-4026 or baileyem@herkimer.edu. Special seating for guests with mobility difficulties will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commencement Line-Up
There is no Commencement rehearsal, so it is very important for graduates to report to the Herkimer College Technology Center no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, so proper marching order can be arranged. Late arrivals may not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Graduates will be lined up alphabetically in order of major, and then by last name. Please refrain from bringing valuables with you (i.e. purses, keys, phones, etc.) as there is not a secure place to store them during the ceremony.

Post-Commencement Reception
Graduates and guests are invited to gather for light refreshments on the lawn outside the Physical Education Building immediately following the ceremony.

The College has contracted with Genesee Photo to take photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma. Within a few weeks of the ceremony, graduates will receive an email at their college issued email account (herkimer.edu) with an individual passcode and link to view proofs and purchase photos. For more information: www.geneseephoto.com

Commencement flowers may be purchased online in advance. The vendor will have a stand set up at the entrance to the ceremony where online orders can be picked up. Flowers will also be sold on site at the same prices, but ordering ahead of time guarantees your selection of color/size. To order, go to www.commencementflowers.com/herkimer.

You will receive a diploma cover only at Commencement. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates whose graduation requirements have been met within a few weeks after the ceremony.

Graduation Application & Fee
You must complete a graduation application and submit to the Registrar’s Office, as well as pay the graduation and alumni fee to the Bursar’s Office, regardless of whether you plan to participate in Commencement. The fee must be paid before your diploma can be released to you. If you are not sure whether you’ve paid the graduation and alumni fees, you may check your account summary on Student Online Services or call the Student Accounts Office at (315) 574-4018.

Recycling of Regalia
Your regalia is made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Used regalia can be turned in after Commencement and it will be recycled into new fabric. Look for containers located at PE Building and College Center exits.

• Graduation requirements/Diplomas: Registrar’s Office, 315.574-4037 or registrar@herkimer.edu
• Graduation Fee: Student Accounts, 315.574-4018 or bursar@herkimer.edu
• Regalia: Bookstore, 315-866-1550 or prokopijd@herkimer.edu
• Commencement ceremony: Public Relations Office, 315.574-4026 or ruffingrj@herkimer.edu
• Campus Map and Directions to Herkimer College: http://www.herkimer.edu/directions/


Commencement 2016 Student Speeches

Student Government President's Greeting -- Rhiannon Steele '16
Student Address, "We are Seeds" -- Teddi Cromling '16
Student Presentation, "What a Time to be Alive!" -- Timothy McKenzie '16

Commencement 2016 Photo Gallery