Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Keuka College! We’re thrilled that you’ll be participating in this year’s commencement ceremony.
Commencement will be split into two ceremonies, and you'll graduate along with others in your major. The Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the School of Health and Human Services Commencement Ceremony begins at 2 p.m.
Each ceremony will be held under the Norton Chapel lawn tent, and you should report to your robing area in Lightner Library no earlier than 45 minutes prior to the ceremony's start. There will be faculty and staff there to help ensure your regalia is on properly and who will lead the processional into the tent once the ceremony begins. The length of each ceremony is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You may invite two guests to celebrate your special day with you under the tent. You must register your guests in advance. Your guests will be issued an electronic ticket and should be prepared to show their ticket, along with photo ID, upon arrival. If any tickets are left over, they will be given out through a lottery closer to the ceremony date. Keuka College continues to require all visitors to the campus to be up to date on their COVID vaccinations.
Any other guests who would like to attend the ceremony can bring a chair and sit outside of the tent on the chapel lawn. Children of all ages count as guests.
Keuka College Baccalaureate is a service that takes place in Norton Chapel on Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m. The purpose of the service is to allow graduates to consider the changes that have occurred in their lives, to ponder the future, to express thanksgiving, and to be challenged to make a difference in the world. Students of all faiths and non-faiths are invited to participate through readings, prayers, songs, and other artistic forms of expression. In addition to student participation, the College invites a speaker, who is selected by the graduating class, to offer an inspiring and challenging reflection. This year’s speaker is Kilong Ung, an author, public speaker, business owner, genocide survivor, community leader, and philanthropist. His TV and film credits include "Deadliest Warrior," "Deadliest Warrior Aftermath," "The Bomb Hunters," "Risking Light," and "Hero." The first 100 students to sign up for Baccalaureate, will receive a copy of his book, "Golden Leaf."
Lastly, parents and family members are invited to write words of encouragement, congratulations, blessings, etc., on “Baccalaureate Blessing” tags, which will be hung on a pergola, the 2014 Class Gift, so that graduating students may walk through blessings as they enter the chapel for the service. After the ceremony, graduates are encouraged to take a picture by the pergola and to take the blessing tag home as a memento. These tags will be available outside of the chapel by 3 p.m. on Friday, before the service. Once completed, someone will hang the tag on the pergola for you.
Campus Safety will direct people where to park once they arrive to campus. There will be handicap parking available. A handicap tag is needed in order to park there. However, if a person doesn’t have a tag but has difficulty walking, they can be dropped off in front of Ball Hall. Golf carts will be available to transport anyone who might need assistance. Shuttles will also be available to guests.
Please make sure to give yourself enough time to arrive. Sometimes there can be a back up of cars coming into Keuka Park on big weekends like commencement.
Entry under the tent will begin an hour before each ceremony.
If you still need to order your cap and gown for Commencement, orders can still be placed through the Keuka College Bookstore (on the first floor of Keuka Commons). There will be no late fees until after April 29.
In addition, faculty and staff orders for caps and gowns can also still be placed.
For questions or more information, stop in at the bookstore or call (315) 279-5230.
We understand that the exact way to wear your graduation regalia may be a little confusing, so we’ve created a short video with some helpful tips. Take notes, and practice donning your regalia along with the video—watch the video below.
As of May 2, 2022, the College is no longer requiring facemasks to be worn by visitors, so long as they are fully vaccinated and boosted. Individuals who have received an approved medical or religious exemption, or who are not fully vaccinated, are expected to wear facemasks while on campus.
The College also encourages anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to continue to do so.
Each graduate's photograph will be taken by a professional photographer when they cross the stage. Photos will be available electronically approximately four weeks after graduation. While your guests are welcome to capture their own photos and videos of your special day, they must remain seated in the tent at all times.
Your ceremony will be live streamed so that friends and family can celebrate with you no matter where they are. All they'll need to do is visit www.keuka.edu at the time of your ceremony and follow the instructions on our homepage.
Once your ceremony has concluded, residential students can return to their residence room but commuter students, evening and online students, and guests are asked not to remain on campus for an extended period of time. You may not move out of your residence hall until after the final ceremony concludes at 4:30 p.m. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be in touch with additional information regarding move-out.
We are committed to making sure that each graduate's Commencement ceremony is a memorable one and look forward to celebrating with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected].
Stay at one of the many hotels, motels, and B&Bs near us.
Seniors, we want to celebrate your accomplishments and hear your feedback about your time at Keuka College! Please watch your email in early April for a link to the Exit Survey. It should be completed prior to Commencement.
Parking is available. Campus Safety will direct you where to park once you arrive on campus.