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Winter Commencement 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time: 10:15 a.m. The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: M&T Field House, Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, Click here to view the Commencement campus map

Please note: Every effort will be made to hold the Commencement Ceremony as scheduled. If severe inclement weather forces the College to cancel commencement, the announcement will be placed on the College's portal, social media accounts and the Weather Hotline. 

The creek running through the York College campus in the fall

Important information about Commencement

  • Livestream

    To view the Commencement live stream video of the ceremony, please click here.

    If you could like to purchase a DVD/Blu-ray of today's commencement ceremony, please contact Penguin Productions LLC at

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    The Winter Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Waldner Performing Arts Center.

    Commencement rehearsal is mandatory. 

    Rehearsal will include: 

    • Complete instructions for commencement participation.
    • Writing the correct pronunciation of your name on our name card and returning the card before you leave. We will assist you with this as necessary.
    • Instructions on wearing your regalia with examples of how to wear each accessory.
    • Raffle drawings for VIP commencement ceremony seating (graduates must be present at rehearsal to win)
    • Gifts for all graduates
    • An opportunity to take photos with your friends and Screamer


  • Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Bookstore. Please also refer to the notice mailed to each candidate for graduation by Jostens.

  • Announcements

    Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore through December 21.   Both general and personalized announcements are available.  See Jostens’ flier for pricing on personalized announcements.  General announcements cost $5.99 per package of five.    

  • Tickets/Seating

    Ten tickets will be provided to each graduate when you receive your regalia. General seating for parents, relatives and other guests of graduates will be on a first-come basis to those presenting tickets at the door. Others will be seated as space permits. Graduates will be seated in a reserved section as directed by the marshal (no ticket is needed for graduates). The M&T Field House will open for seating at 9 a.m. 

    A live-stream webcast will be available on the College website,, and on the YCP television network with the broadcast beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Special Accommodations

    Anyone, graduates or guests, requiring any type of special accommodations, including persons with disabilities or those requiring a sign language interpreter, should contact Ms. Desiree Kile, Campus Operations Office, (717) 815-1548 or no later than December 1.

  • Alcoholic Beverages & Disruptive Behavior

    Graduates and their guests are to refrain from bringing alcoholic beverages or items such as signs and noisemakers that would disrupt the dignity of the event. Intoxicated graduates will not be permitted to process into the ceremony. 

  • Academic Regalia & Dress Standards

    Information for pre-ordering Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) and email reminders have been sent to all seniors by Jostens and/or the Bookstore. Pre-orders were due by September 25. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Costs of regalia are: Associates: $29.99, Bachelor’s: $56.99, Master’s: $59.99

    If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Customer Service in the Bookstore 717.815.6563.

    Regalia will not be available on commencement day.

  • Parking

    All graduates and guests will be directed to the parking lots to the west of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Please access the parking lots via West Campus Drive, off Richland Avenue.

    Handicap parking is available for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag. 

    Guests using a GPS device should use the following address as your ending location for directions to commencement parking:
    899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403. 

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

    Alpha Chi members who are candidates for the December 2017 graduation ceremony are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia for the ceremony. AX medallions may be purchased at the Graduation Rehearsal on December 13 and in the Provost's Office (Miller Administration Building, Room 18) Thursday, December 14, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2 - 5 p.m., Friday, December 15 and Monday, December 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The cost is $13.00 payable by cash or check. 

    Medallions will not be available on commencement day.

  • Robing and Processional

    Graduates are to report to Wolf Gym, on the first floor of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

    You will pick up your name card at your robing location and will hand this card to the Provost when you reach the stage.

    Make sure your robe, hood, cap, and tassel are ready to go prior to graduation day A collared shirt/dress looks best with the gown. Note that gowns are not floor length. The tassel is to be worn on the right side of the cap.

    Leave behind, or entrust to family members, purses, backpacks, bags etc. since you will not be able to carry them
    into the ceremony.

  • Flowers

    Flowers will be provided by Lincolnway Flower Shop and may be purchased at the tables located in the lobby of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Prices range from $20 to $30. Please note: Cash sales only.

  • Honors

    Honors as noted in the commencement program are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Fall 2017 semester, and will include all grades earned in courses at colleges other than York. Individual questions regarding honors may be directed to Ms. Kristi Viands, in the Records Office, Miller Administration Building.

    Participating B.A./B.S. academic honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude) candidates are recognized with the wearing of Honors Cords. The cords will be included in your pre-ordered regalia package at no additional cost. An announcement regarding academic honors will be made by the Provost when candidates are presented, and honors candidates’ names will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.

  • Commencement Program

    Each graduate's hometown, academic major(s) and honors will be listed in the printed program. If you did not list your hometown on your application for graduation or have any other changes (name or new home address, etc.) please notify the Records Office so appropriate changes can be made in the program. This needs to be done no later than Wednesday, November 15 in order to meet printing deadlines.

  • Diploma & Transcript

    Your semester grade report will be available online as soon as it can be processed. Please examine it carefully and if you have an incomplete grade or an apparent discrepancy take the necessary corrective action immediately. Your grade report will not contain documentation of your graduation. Your diploma will be mailed to you after final verification of all degree requirements has been completed. A copy of your final transcript documenting your graduation will be included with your diploma. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for this process.

  • Photos/Video

    On graduation day, a posed photo will be taken of each graduate as you approach the ramp, a second in front of the college banner and a candid photo as you cross the stage and are greeted by Dr. Gunter-Smith.

    Grad Images™ is the official photo provider. Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, visit Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800.261.2576 or via email at Students who preregister with Grad Images get 20% off an order of $50 or more.

    Go to the direct link for Pre-Registration:

    Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos.

  • Publicity

    The Office of Communications will work with an outside organization to alert local media of your graduation. It is at the discretion of the newspapers as to when these announcements appear. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Colleen Adamy at 717.815.1456 or so that she may follow up.

  • Old Spart Tradition

    The tradition of graduates painting their names on “Old Spart” (the large green rock located outside the entrance to the bookstore) continues. Stop by after the commencement ceremony to paint your hame on the rock for all to see. This is also a great spot for taking photos!

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