Letter to Families, Class of 2019

Dear Families of the Class of 2019:

I look forward to welcoming you all to campus for Colby’s 198th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on Miller Library Lawn. A schedule of events for the weekend is available here on the Commencement website.

As Commencement draws near I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some details about the weekend that may be helpful as you make plans with your graduate and family. First, following the end of the semester and before the Commencement weekend activities begin, seniors are invited to participate in a number of senior week activities with their classmates between Monday, May 20, and Thursday, May 23.

Senior Week activities are coordinated by the Office of Campus Life and Seniors must register for those events using their Colby login password through the MyColby and portal. There is also a Class of 2019 tab in the MyColby portal for students with helpful information specific to graduating seniors including a senior checklist, schedules, etc. This portal is only available to current Colby students. The senior class officers are communicating with their classmates regularly about events, registrations, etc. via email.

The best source of information for parents and families regarding Commencement weekend is the Commencement website where you will find a schedule of events, can make meal reservations, and reference a list of frequently asked questions that addresses inclement weather plans, road closures, parking, rain site tickets, moving out of residence halls, etc.

Please note that tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony this year if held outside as planned. While we hope for a clear, warm weekend and we will make every effort to hold the Commencement ceremony on Miller Library lawn for all to enjoy, it is possible we may encounter inclement weather. In the event of rain we will move the ceremony to the Harold Alfond Athletic Center where the seating capacity is limited. Each graduate will receive three tickets for seating in Wadsworth Gymnasium. Additional, non-ticketed seating will be available in the adjacent field house where the ceremony will be streamed live. Inclement weather tickets will be distributed to your senior during senior week.

The Baccalaureate ceremony on Saturday morning is held in Lorimer Chapel. Members of the graduating class and the faculty are seated inside the chapel. Seating for families and guests is available on the lawn outside the chapel where the ceremony is streamed live on a large video screen. Members of the senior class and faculty will process and recess to and from the chapel along either side of the chapel lawn so there will be ample opportunity to see your graduate on Saturday morning. In the event of rain on Saturday, the Baccalaureate ceremony will be streamed live to the classrooms in the Lovejoy building where families may gather to watch the ceremony.

There are several opportunities throughout the weekend for families and graduates to gather for meals and celebration on campus. Following the Commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon there is a Graduate Luncheon available to all guests, at no charge. While tickets are not required for the Graduate Luncheon, we do ask that families fill out the reservation form with a number of expected guests for planning purposes.

On Friday and Saturday evenings there are meals on campus that do required paid tickets including the Friday evening Lobster Bake on the Colby Green and the Saturday evening Commencement Banquet in the Foss and Dana Dining Halls. Tickets may be purchased for these two meals and reservations made for the Graduate Luncheon by clicking on the “Make Reservations” link under any of those events on the schedule on the Commencement website, or by clicking on the Meal Menus and Reservations link in the dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the Commencement website. Graduating seniors do not need to be included in your meal reservation numbers or paid ticket purchases. Graduating seniors will make their meal requests through the MyColby portal mentioned above and tickets are provided at no cost. The deadline for meal reservations is May 17. All meal tickets purchased through the online reservation system will be available for your senior to pick up during senior week.

Seniors will receive an email notifying them of the times and location of ticket distribution during senior week. Tickets for the two a cappella concerts, on Friday and Saturday evenings, will be available on a first come, first served basis at the same location where seniors will pick up their meal and/or three rain site tickets.

To allow parents and families the opportunity to enjoy the ceremony in real-time and to keep the area around the podium clear, each graduate will be professionally photographed at that the moment they receive their diploma on Commencement day. You will receive information directly from the photographer about purchasing those photos at your convenience.

The Commencement weekend is a time of much-deserved celebration on campus and we look forward to sharing in the festivities with you and your family. If you have questions or concerns regarding commencement or special accommodations/needs during the weekend, please contact my colleague, Karen Farrar Ledger, director of campus events. You can reach her at krledger@colby.edu or 207-859-4736.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to campus shortly.


C. Andrew McGadney P’21
Vice President and Dean of Student Advancement


Commencement Contact

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