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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.

Currently, the College is looking for students who are interested in being the student speaker at Commencement. If you are interested, please fill out the attached application here and submit that with your speech by Friday, March 10, 2017. Below are speeches that were given at the 2016 ceremony.

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 May 6 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. Graduates 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.

Overflow Seating for Guests without Tickets
Seating will be available in the Sarkus-Busch Theater (Robert McLaughlin College Center) for guests who do not have tickets. The ceremony will be broadcast live on a large screen. The theater is air conditioned and handicapped accessible, and is a desirable seating option for many guests who do not wish to sit in bleacher style seating.

Special Needs: If you or a guest will need any special accommodations, such as an interpreter, a ramp to the stage or handicapped-accessible seating, please notify the Public Relations Office no later than Monday, March 20 at 315-574-4026 8259 or baileyem@herkimer.edu.

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
You and your guests are invited to a post-Commencement reception 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.

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