Spring Commencement 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:15 a.m. The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: Main Campus Lawn, Click here to view the Commencement campus map.
Indoor Broadcast Locations: Waldner Performing Arts Center, Weinstock Lecture Hall in the Willman Business Center and the Admissions Welcome Center in the Iosue Student Union. Tickets are not required for admission to viewing sites other than the main tent. 

Please note: Commencement exercises will be held outside under the tent, as planned. Please be aware that some of the ticketed seats near the tent are not covered. Entrances to the tent seating will open at 8 a.m. 

Jeff Koons, Commencement Speaker
Jeff Koons, Spring Commencement Speaker

Important information about Commencement

  • Meet Our Commencement Speaker

    Internationally recognized artist and York native Jeff Koons will present the address at York College’s May 13 commencement ceremony, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. on the campus mall. Tickets will be required for seating under the tent, where the ceremony will be held. A live video stream of commencement (www.ycp.edu/commencement) will begin at 10 a.m. 

    Koons was born in York in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons is one of the world’s most influential artists, known for creating such icons as “Rabbit” and “Balloon Dog.” Working with everyday objects, his work revolves around themes of self-acceptance and transcendence.

    Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” (June 27 – Oct. 19, 2014), which traveled to the Centre Pompidou Paris (Nov. 26, 2014 - April 27, 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 9 – Sept. 27, 2015). Koons’s work was most recently presented at the inaugural exhibition of Almine Rech Gallery’s new London space (Oct 4. 2016 – Jan. 21, 2017).

    Koons’s work is in numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, N.Y.), the Guggenheim Museum (New York, N.Y.), Los Angeles County Museum, The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, Calif.), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Gallery (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Museum Ludwig (Kцln, Germany), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

    Koons earned renown for his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture “Puppy” (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, “Split-Rocker” (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Chateau de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.

    Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Notably, he received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts “Distinguished Arts Award” from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the “Golden Plate Award” from the Academy of Achievement; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange. Koons has been a board member of The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2002, and co-founded the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute with ICMEC; for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction and exploitation and to protect the world’s children.

    Koons last visited York College in 2002 when he presented an exhibit in the Brossman Gallery titled “Embrace Your Past.” In addition to the exhibit, he gave a talk to a packed audience about the influence York County has had on his art. In the spring of 2015, Koons welcomed senior fine art students and alumni of York College to his studio in New York for a private tour and discussion about his work.

  • 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 http://www.penguinproductionsllc.com/id20.html.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    The May Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. in Wolf Gymnasium located in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness 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.
    • Instructions on wearing your regalia with examples of how to wear each accessory.
    • Raffle drawings for VIP commencement ceremony seating and parking passes (graduates must be present at rehearsal to win)
    • Gifts for all graduates
    • An opportunity to take photos with your friends and Screamer


  • Breakfast Reception

    A reception with a continental breakfast will be sponsored by the York College Women's Auxiliary for graduates and their guests, dignitaries, trustees and faculty, 8-10 a.m. in the Johnson Dining Room, Iosue Student Union. 

    Reservations are not required for this reception. 

    In the event that the ceremony is held indoors due to the severe weather, the reception will be canceled. 

  • Commencement Luncheon

    A buffet luncheon will be available in Johnson Dining Hall, Iosue Student Union, immediately following the ceremony (approximately 12:15 p.m). Advanced reservations are required for the luncheon and must be made by calling Chartwells Dining Service at 717.815.1268 no later than Friday, May 5. Buffet reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.

    Graduates are guests of the College. The cost for all other adults is $10 and for children, twelve years and under is $5, payable at the door by cash or credit card. 

  • Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 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.

  • Senior Class Graduation Ticket Exchange

    Senior Class officers will reach out to the class via a portal group set up for graduating seniors needing or having extra May commencement tickets.  If you know you will not use all of your tickets, please consider making them available to fellow graduates.

    The process/instructions for requesting extra tickets was explained in the portal announcement when the ticket exchange opened following Grad Finale.   If you have questions about the Senior Ticket Exchange, please contact the Senior Class President, James DiGuglielmo, at jdigugli@ycp.edu.

  • Announcements

    Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore March 1 through May 13.   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

    Each graduate participating in commencement will receive a total of five tickets for guest seating in the main tent for the ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Tickets will be distributed to students on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Grad Finale event in the Bookstore between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Of the five tickets, three will be GREEN and two will be WHITE. All five tickets regardless of the color, will be used for admission to seating under the main tent on Wolf Lawn. Please be advised that tickets will not be reissued/replaced for any reason. The main tent will open for general seating at 8 a.m. for guests who present tickets at the marked entrances to the tent. Seating is on a first-come basis. Processing Graduates, Trustees, Faculty and President's Guests will be seated in reserved sections as directed by the marshals and ushers. 

    The ceremony will be held outdoors, under the tents, rain or shine. The ceremony will be broadcast via live-stream and shown on large screens in the overflow tent located adjacent to the main tent. The ceremony will also be broadcast via live-stream in the Waldner Performing Arts Center (Humanities Center) and the Admissions Welcome Center (Iosue Student Union). Tickets are not required for admission to viewing sites other than the main tent during an outdoor ceremony.

    IN THE EVENT THAT SEVERE WEATHER (dangerous strong winds and/or lightning) is predicted for Saturday, the commencement ceremony will be held indoors. The indoor location is M&T Bank Field House in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. 

    The decision to move the ceremony to the indoor location will be made Friday morning, May 12 at 10 a.m. Please check the York College website for an announcement, which will also be made through the College's portal and social media accounts (www.facebook.com/yorkcollegepa and www.twitter.com/yorkcollegepa) and the Weather Hotline, 717.815.6789.

    If the event is held indoors, the three GREEN tickets will be used for guest seating in the M&T Bank Field House. The two WHITE tickets will be required for admittance to Wolf Gymnasium, also located in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, where the ceremony will be broadcast via live-stream. All other guests without tickets are welcome to view the televised broadcast on main campus in the Waldner Performing Arts Center, DeMeester Recital Hall, Weinstock Lecture Hall or in the Admissions Welcome Center (Iosue Student Union). 

    A live-stream webcast will be available on the College website, www.ycp.edu, 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 dkile1@ycp.edu.

  • 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 February 24, 2017. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 5.

    Costs of regalia are: Associates: $28.00, Bachelor’s: $54.00, Master’s: $57.00, DNP rental regalia: $69.99

    If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Tom Specht, Customer Services Manager in the Bookstore (717 815-6563) or tpecht2@ycp.edu

    Regalia will not be available on commencement day.

  • Parking

    Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities is available on main campus parking lots for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag. The parking lots are accessed via the main college entrance on Country Club Road. A drop-off area for passengers will be available near the entrance to the tent. All other entrances to Main Campus will be closed to incoming traffic and campus roads will be one-way only. 

    All other vehicles will be routed to the West Campus parking lots via Richland Avenue to West Campus Drive. Shuttle service will be available from West Campus parking lots to Main Campus. Golf cars will be running from the drop-off point (near Penn & Beard Halls) to the ceremony site before and after the ceremony to assist those not able to walk to the commencement site. We strongly urge commencement guests not to park on streets adjacent to the campus. City and township police are likely to be actively ticketing vehicles not displaying an appropriate resident parking permit. 

    Guests using a GPS device - use 899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403 as your ending location. 

    In the event that the ceremony is held indoors, allguests will be asked to park on West Campus. 

    Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities will be available in the lot immediately adjacent to the west side of the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. Campus Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag to this parking location.  

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

    Alpha Chi members who are candidates for the May 2017 graduation ceremony are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia for the ceremony. Medallions are available for purchase in the Provost’s Office (Miller Administration Building, Room 18) on April 5th and May 8-11, 2017, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., at a cost of $10.00, payable by cash or check.

    Medallions will not be available on commencement day.

  • Robing and Processional

    Graduates are to report for robing and line-up no later than 9:15 a.m. on May 13. Graduates should arrive wearing their regalia. Graduates should check in at Campbell Hall lobby or Life Sciences lobby to receive their name cards, then line up for the procession.

    Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods over their left arm during the processional, and wait to be hooded on stage. All other candidates will wear their hoods during the processional. Check the contents of your regalia package to be sure your robe, hood, cap and tassel are included and ready for use. The tassel is worn on the right side of the cap.

    Note that gowns are not floor length. Appropriate attire to wear under the robe is business casual. Graduates will not be able to carry purses, backpacks or bags of any kind into the ceremony, and should entrust them to family members.

    In the event of rain (and the ceremony is still scheduled to take place under the tent), graduates will pick up their name cards in one of the following indoor locations and remain indoors to line up for the processional: 

    Life Sciences Lobby: Doctoral candidates, Master's candidates, Associate candidates, B.A. candidates and B.S. candidates whose last names begin with A-E. 

    Campbell Hall Lobby: B.S. candidates whose last names begin with F-Z.

    In the event that the ceremony is moved indoors, graduates will instead report to Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center no later than 9:30 a.m. They will proceed to rooms 261 and 263 to pick up their name cards and assemble for the procession into the M&T Bank Field House.

  • Flowers

    The College Bookstore will be selling mixed bouquets of flowers ranging from $20 to $20 for May Commencement. Flowers will be sold at the tented table area to the East of the commencement tent and will be cash only. Credit card transactions will be available in the College Bookstore.

    In the event of an indoor ceremony, flowers will be available at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center just inside the entrance area.

  • Honors

    Honors as noted in the commencement program are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Spring 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.

    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 Friday, April 7 in order to meet printing deadlines.

  • Diploma & Transcript

    A copy of your grade report will be made available online as soon as it is 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 www.gradimages.com. 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 giservice@gradimages.net. Students who preregister with Grad Images get $5 off an order of $25 or more.

    Go to the direct link for Pre-Registration: http://www.gradimage.com/Preregistration

    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 individual papers as to when these announcements appear. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Colleen Adamy at (717) 815- 1456 or cadamy@ycp.edu 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 “Old Spart” after the commencement ceremony to paint your name on the rock for all to see.

    Signing the rock at York College Commencement