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Winter Commencement 2015

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Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

10:15 a.m.

M&T Field House, Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center

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

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.

Take a moment to look back at our photo album of the Winter Commencement 2014 event



There will not be a rehearsal. Information normally provided at the rehearsal will be included in the follow-up portal announcement and email sent by Academic Affairs in late November.



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 9:00 a.m.

A live stream webcast will be available on the College website, and on the YCP television network with the broadcast beginning at 10:00 a.m.


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.


Grad Finale

A day dedicated to preparing the graduate for the commencement ceremony, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Bookstore. Please refer to the materials mailed to each candidate for graduation by Jostens.



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. Handicapped 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. Driving Directions are also included on the Website.


Nominations for Commencement Speaker

One of the speakers for December commencement will be a York College full time faculty member or administrator nominated by the graduates.  To submit your nomination for a speaker, please send an email to Dean Arant at by Friday, Nov. 6. 


Special Accomodations

Requests for special accommodations for handicapped graduates/guests or graduates/guests requiring a sign language interpreter should be directed to Mrs. Janet Strickhouser, Campus Operations Office,  (717) 815-1548 or no later than December 1.


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 Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.


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 October 2nd.  Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Costs of regalia are:  Associates:  $27.00, Bachelor’s:  $52.00, Master’s: $57.00. If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact  Casey McBride, Customer Services Manager in the Bookstore  (717 815-6563) or

Regalia will not  be available on commencement day.  

Dress for Commencement should be conservative. Business casual dress is appropriate for graduates and guests.



Personalized announcements are available at the Grade Finale on November 18. See flier in the Jostens mailing for pricing on personalized announcements. General announcements, which are handled by the bookstore and are available now, cost $7.99 per package of five.


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.


Alcoholic Beverages & Disruptive Behavior

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. Graduates and their guests are to refrain from bringing alcoholic beverages or items such as signs, noisemakers and inflatable objects, including balloons, to the commencement ceremony.  Intoxicated graduates will not be permitted to process into the ceremony.

Bottled water will be available on either end of the tent.



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



Flowers will be provided by Lincolnway Flower Shop and may be purchased in the Grumbacher Center lobby throughout the day. Prices range from $10-$25.


Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

Alpha Chi members who are participating in the December 2015 graduation ceremony are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia. 

Medallions are available for purchase in the Academic Dean’s Office (Miller Administration Building, Room 18)  on Nov. 18 and Dec. 14-18, 2015,  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 2015 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 at no additional cost.  An announcement regarding academic honors will be made by Dean Arant 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 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 800-261-2676 or via email at  Students who preregister with Grad Images get $5 off an order of $25 or more. Go to the Pre-Event Registration section of for details.

Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos.


Commencement Program

Each graduate’s home town, academic major(s) and honors will be listed in the printed program.  If you did not list your home town on your application for graduation, please notify the Records Office so appropriate changes can be made in the program.  This needs to be done no later than November 15th 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 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.

Media members are provided with a media pass through the Office of Communications.


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