York College graduates in front of WPAC

Spring Commencement 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:15 a.m. The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: Under the large white tent covering the Campus Mall (the lawn area in front of Wolf Hall).

I am pleased to learn that you are planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.   

A variety of topics regarding graduation are addressed below. Please review this material carefully and contact Mrs. Brenda Evans in the Academic Affairs Office 717.815.1231 or blevans@ycp.edu if you have questions. 

Congratulations on the completion of your college degree!

- T. J. Arant, Dean of Academic Affairs    

Note: The extended weather forecast is favorable, and commencement will be held as planned at 10:15 a.m. on the Campus Mall under the tent.

Commencement information is also available on our Virtual Campus Map! Select the button below to view:

Important information about Commencement

  • Livestream

    A livestream video of the ceremony is available on www.ycp.edu once the ceremony begins. The livestream is available here.

  • Graduation Day 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 a.m.- 10 a.m. in the Johnson Dining Room, Iosue Student Union. Reservations are not required for the reception. In the event that the ceremony is held indoors due to severe threatening weather, the reception will be cancelled.

  • Graduation Buffet

    A buffet luncheon will be available in Johnson Dining Room, Iosue Student Union, immediately following the ceremony (approximately 12:15 p.m.) Graduates are guests of the college. The cost for all other adults is $10.00, and for children twelve years and under, $5.00, payable at the door by cash or credit card. Advance reservations are required for the buffet and must be made by calling Chartwells Dining Service 717.815.1268 no later than Friday, May 6. Luncheon reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.

  • Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the commencement ceremony, will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 through a portal group set up for graduating seniors needing or having extra tickets following Grad Finale. If you know
    you will not use all of your tickets, please consider making them available to fellow graduates who need extras.

  • Announcements

    Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore March 1 through May 14. Both general and personalized announcements are available.
    See flier in the Jostens mailing for pricing on the 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 at the ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Tickets will be distributed to students on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 color, will be used for admission to seating under the 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 tent, 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 13, 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 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 at either 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 Mrs. Janet Strickhouser, Campus Operations Office, 717.815.1548 or jstrickh@ycp.edu, no later than Friday, May 6.

  • 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

    Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) needed to be pre-ordered online at http://bookstore.ycp.edu by March 2. Orders received after March 2nd will be charged a $25 late fee. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 13. Costs of regalia packages are: Associates: $27.00, Bachelor’s: $52.00, Master’s: $55.00. DNP rental regalia is available for $69.00. If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Tom Specht, Customer Service in the Bookstore 717.815.6563, or via email at bookstore@ycp.edu 

    Regalia will not be available on commencement day.

  • Parking

    Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities is available in the Wolf Hall parking lot for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag. This parking lot is 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 carts 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, all guests 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 staff 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 May 2016 graduation are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia for the ceremony. Medallions are available for purchase in the Academic Dean’s Office (Miller Admin. Bldg., Room 18) during the Grad Finale on April 13th and week days, May 2 through 12, 8:30 a.m. - 5 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 9:30 a.m. on May 14th. Doctoral candidates, Master’s candidates, Associate candidates, B.A. candidates and B.S. candidates whose last names begin with A - E shall report to the lobby of Wolf Hall. Those B.S. candidates whose last names begin with F - Z shall report to the lobby of Campbell Hall. Doctoral candidates will be hooded on stage as part of the ceremony and will carry their hoods to the stage over their left arm.

    In the event of an indoor ceremony, graduates are to report to the multipurpose rooms in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center (GSFC 261 & 263) for robing and line-up no later than 9:30 a.m. You will pick up your name card at your robing location and will hand this card to Dean Arant when you reach the stage. If you feel the Dean may need assistance with PRONUNCIATION of your name you can write on the card, as well as prompt him when you hand him the card.

    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. College personnel will be present to assist you with the proper way to wear your cap, gown, hood, cords, etc. The tassel is to be on the right prior to the graduation announcement. All graduates will turn them to the left with the graduation announcement from the podium.

    Leave behind, or entrust to family members, purses, back backs, 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 tented table area to the east of the commencement tent before, during, and at the conclusion of the ceremony. Prices range from $10-$30. 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 2016 semester, and will include all grades earned in courses at colleges other than York. Individual questions regarding honors may be directed to Mr. William Benton, 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. An announcement regarding academic honors will be made by Dean Arant when candidates are presented, and honors candidate’s names will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.

  • 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 stage, a second in front of the College banner and a candid photo as you cross the stage and are greeted by President 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 800.261.2676 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 Pre-Event Registration section of gradimages.com for details. 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

  • Graduation Mementos

    The York College Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Graduation Day to provide you and your family an opportunity to obtain York College gift items, clothing, flowers, balloons, etc. Snacks and beverages for the trip home will also be available.