2023 Commencement

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Keuka College! We’re thrilled that you’ll be participating in this year’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. 

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.  

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Saturday, May 20 at 10 am

Commencement Schedule 

Parking is available. Campus Safety will direct you where to park once you arrive on campus.

Important Details

Family & friends are invited to celebrate the graduating class of 2023. Seating will be available in the chapel lawn on a first come, first serve basis. 

Keuka College Baccalaureate is a service that takes place in Norton Chapel on Friday, May 19, 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. 

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 3:30 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.

No parking is permitted on the street along Central Ave.  

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 the ceremony.

Order your cap and gown from Jostens using the button below, or through the Keuka College Bookstore (on the first floor of Keuka Commons). Order online by April 7, 2023. Any orders after that date may be subject to a late fee, and must be completed through the book store. 

Order Your Cap & Gown Here

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.

Photographs taken during the weekend of Commencement will be available online a few weeks following the event. The link to access the photos will be shared to students through email, and will also be promoted across our social media platforms. 

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. 

Following the ceremony, you can return to your residence hall room to pack up your belongings. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will communicate information surrounding moving out leading closer to the event.

The College has blocked rooms for Commencement with local partnering hotels. The following offers are available to book at these rates through April 18, 2023:

Best Western 
15 rooms are blocked for each night.

  • Thursday, May 18 - $89
  • Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 - $149

Hampton Inn 
20 rooms are blocked each night with a two-night minimum stay. Lake-view rooms are available for an additional $20/night. 

  • Thursday, May 18 - $169
  • Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 - $205.00
  • Sunday, May 21 - $169

Microtel
10 rooms are blocked each night.

  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (May 18, 19 & 20) - $269


There are many beautiful places to stay in the Keuka Lake region. Please use the button below to see all local partners.

Local Partners

Pre-order flowers for your graduate on their big day!

Order Flowers Here

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.