2021 Commencement

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Keuka College! We’re thrilled that you’ll be participating in this year’s commencement ceremony and are excited to welcome your two guests to Keuka College’s campus.

Commencement will be split into multiple ceremonies, and you’ll graduate along with others in your major. In order to comply with COVID-19 guidance, commencement has been split into multiple ceremonies throughout Commencement Weekend. Time assignments are final and may not be adjusted.

Your ceremony will be held in the Norton Chapel lawn tent, and you should report to Lightner Library in your academic attire no earlier than 30 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. 

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Class of 2020

Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m.
Basic and Applied Social Sciences (UG, GR, AOE)
Business (UG, GR, AOE)
Humanities and Fine Arts (UG)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics (UG)
Social Work (UG, GR, AOE)
Education (UG, GR)
Nursing (UG)

Class of 2021

Saturday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m.
MS Occupational Therapy (2020 and 2021)
MS Education (2020 and 2021)
MS Business (2021 and 2020, GR, AOE)

Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m.
Social Work (UG, GR, AOE)

Sunday, May 23 at 10 a.m.
Business (UG, AOE)
Basic and Applied Social Sciences (UG, GR, AOE)

Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m.
Education (UG)
Humanities (UG)

Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m.
Occupational Therapy (UG)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics (UG)
Nursing (UG, GR)

Important Details

You may invite two guests to celebrate your special day with you. You must register your guests in advance and, for contact tracing purposes, provide their name, address, telephone number, and email address. This is a New York State requirement. Your guests will be issued an electronic ticket and should be prepared to show their ticket, along with photo ID, upon arrival. 

Please use this link to register your guests as soon as possible. Guests should not arrive on campus more than 30 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony. There are no more than 100 students graduating in each ceremony, and as such we do not anticipate there being any parking or seating issues. 

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.

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 the Commencement live stream page at the time of your ceremony and follow the instructions on our homepage.

We know that you’ve earned two degrees in the same discipline from Keuka College: one in 2020 and one in 2021. Your ceremony has been designed especially for this circumstance, and both of your degrees will be acknowledged during the same ceremony. While you may pick which regalia you wear, we strongly encourage you to wear master’s degree regalia. 

Once your ceremony has concluded, residential students can return to their residence room, but commuter students, evening and online students, and guests may not remain on campus. You may not move out of your residence hall room until after the final ceremony concludes at 5 p.m. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be in touch shortly with additional information regarding move out. Please remember that College policy does not allow your guests to enter your residence hall room. 

In accordance with College policy and to promote as safe an environment as possible, guests and graduates must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times when you are on campus for commencement. Graduates or their guests found in violation of the College’s COVID-19 restrictions will be asked to leave campus.  

The bookstore will be open both days from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Although the bookstore will be open in person, ordering online and pick up is preferred due to the required reduced capacity.

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For planning purposes, your ceremony will last for approximately 30-45 minutes. The current public-health environment does not allow us to provide refreshments, and so we recommend that you and your guests consider bringing water. 

We realized that the abridged schedule, separate ceremonies, restrictions on the number of guests, and guidelines surrounding when you may arrive and must depart campus are different than what you imagined when you thought about your commencement day. Nonetheless, these important accommodations are in place to ensure that our ceremonies comply with New York State guidelines.

We are committed to making sure that each graduate’s commencement ceremony is a memorable one and look forward to celebrating with you in just a few short weeks! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected].

There will be no water or food available for purchase during commencement. We encourage all graduates and visitors to bring their own bottled water to their ceremony.

Parking is available on both days. Campus safety will direct you to where to park once you arrive on campus.