Winter Commencement - Frequently Asked Questions


I received my diploma in the summer and would like to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony.

The Winter Commencement ceremony is meant for those students who filed the intent to graduate form during the fall semester. Their names will be included in the ceremony brochure.

Must I have a cap and gown to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony?

Yes, you must have a cap and gown to participate. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

When will the ceremony tickets be distributed?

Ticket distribution will occur in The Office of the Dean of Students (Laffin 314) from 10am-2pm on the following dates: Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Students with a valid RAM ID or photo ID who did not previously claim any tickets can receive four (4) tickets.

Can I get more than 4 tickets for the ceremony?

There will NOT be any extra tickets for the January 16, 2019 Winter Commencement Ceremony.

How long is the ceremony?

The Winter Commencement ceremony usually takes about one and a half hours to two hours. The length is usually influenced by the number of students attending the graduation.

One of my guests has special seating needs because of a disability. How can I arrange for appropriate seating?

Kindly send an email to to arrange for special seating.

Will my picture be taken at the ceremony?

Yes, your picture will be taken by a professional photographer and will be available for purchase in late January. Pre-Commencement portraits can be scheduled via Island Photography.

What if the College is closed because of bad weather the day of Commencement?

The snow date is Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the same time (10am start time, mandatory 8:30am check-in). Please check the College's home page on the web for any emergency closings or instructions in the event of bad weather.

What do I do with my coat?

A coat room will be available for students only.

If I attend Winter Commencement, can I attend Spring Commencement?

Due to space limitations, those attending Winter Commencement may NOT attend Spring Commencement.

Still could use some help? Email us and we will get back to you shortly.