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Winter Commencement 2014

Thank you for attending our Winter Commencement ceremony.

Take a moment to look through our photo album of the event!

You can also read about and see visuals of the ceremony and some of our graduates in the York Dispatch and the York Daily Record.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

10:15 a.m.

M & T Field House, Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

Driving Directions Winter 2014

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Brenda Evans in the Academic Affairs Office at 717-815-1231 or

In case of inclement weather: Every effort will be made to hold the ceremony as scheduled. If severe inclement weather forces the college to cancel commencement, details will be placed on the college's home page,, and on the weather phone line, 717-815-6789.



Rehearsal for Winter Commencement has been canceled.



Eight guest tickets will be provided to each graduate as regalia is picked up at the Grad Finale. Please be advised that tickets will not be reissued/replaced for any reason. The M&T Field House will open for general seating at 9:00 a.m. for guests who present tickets. 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.

A live stream webcast will be available with the broadcast beginning at 10:00 a.m through


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.


Grad Finale

A day dedicated to preparing the graduates for the commencement ceremony, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Bookstore. Please also refer to the notice mailed to each candidate for graduation by Jostens.



Handicapped parking is available in the west campus parking lots via Richland Avenue to West Campus Drive. Please refer to the enclosed driving directions. Handicap parking is available for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag. 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 should use the following address as your ending location for commencement parking: 899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403.    


Accommodations for the Hearing Impaired

Requests for special accommodations for graduates and/or guests requiring a sign language interpreter should be directed to Mrs. Janet Strickhouser, Campus Operations Office (717) 815-1548, or  


Accommodations for Handicapped Guests

Requests for special seating accommodations for handicapped guests should be directed to Mrs. Cindi Reisinger, President’s Office (717) 815-1221, or as soon as possible.


Robing and Processional

Graduates are to report for robing and line-up no later than 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 17 at Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. 


Alcoholic Beverages & Refreshments

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. Graduates and their guests are to refrain from bringing alcoholic beverages to the commencement ceremony.

Refreshments other than clear bottled water are not permitted in the M&T Field House.


Academic Regalia & Dress Standards

Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) orders were due Sept. 26. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Costs of regalia are: Associates: $25.00, Bachelor’s: $49.00,  Master’s: $52.00. If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Valerie Cooke in the Bookstore (717) 815-6563 or

Graduates should also dress conservatively for commencement. Business casual is appropriate for both graduates and guests.

Regalia will not be available on commencement day.  




Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore. Both general and personalized announcements are available. See flier in the Jostens mailing for pricing on personalized announcements. General announcements are on a special sale price at a cost $5.99 per package of five through Nov. 12.


Graduation Mementos

The York College Bookstore will be open 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Graduation Day to provide you and your family an opportunity to obtain York College gift items, clothing, flowers, balloons, etc. Snacks for the trip home will also be available.



Flowers will be provided by Lincolnway Flower Shop and may be purchased at the table area in the Grumbacher Center lobby. Prices range from $15-$30.


Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

Alpha Chi members who are candidates for December 2014 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 Nov. 12 and Dec. 8-15 on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at a cost of $10.00

Medallions will not be available on commencement day.



Honors as noted in the commencement program are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Fall 2014 semester, and will include grades earned in courses at colleges other than York.

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 DelliCarpini when candidates are presented, and honors candidates’ names will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.



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.

Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos. 

GradImages 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 pre-register with Grad Images get $5 off an order of $25 or more. Go to the Pre-Event Registration section of for details.

A video DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the ceremony will also be available for purchase through an outside company. Visit for details.


Diploma & Transcript

A copy of your grade report will be made available online. 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.



The Office of Communications will work with an outside organization to alert local media of your graduation. Announcements should appear in your local paper(s) within a few weeks after graduation. If you do not see such an item by that time, 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) goes on. Stop by after the commencement ceremony to paint your name on the rock for all to see. This is also a great spot for taking photos!

Signing the rock at York College Commencement