Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:15 a.m.

Under the large white tent covering the Campus Mall (the lawn area in front of Wolf Hall)



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5:30 p.m. (concluding by 6:30 p.m.)

Wolf Gymnasium, Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center


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, 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Johnson Dining Room, Iosue Student Union.

Reservations are not required for the reception.


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 9th.  Luncheon reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.



Five 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 main tent will open for general seating at 8:00 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 televised live and shown on large screens in the overflow tent located adjacent to the main tent. The ceremony will also be available for indoor live viewing in the Waldner Collegiate 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.  

 A live stream webcast will be available 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 who need extras.


Grad Finale

A day dedicated to preparing the graduates for the commencement ceremony, will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 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 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. All other vehicles will be routed  to the west campus parking lots via Richland Avenue to West Campus Drive. Please refer to the enclosed driving directions.  Shuttle service will be available from the west campus parking lots to main campus. 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 jstrickh@ycp.edu.  


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 creising@ycp.edu no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.


Robing and Processional

Graduates are to report for robing and line-up no later than 9:30 a.m. on May 17th.  Doctoral candidates, Master’s candidates, Associate candidates, B.A. candidates and B.S. candidates whose last names begin with A - F shall report to the lobby of Wolf Hall. Those B.S. candidates whose last names begin with G - 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.


Alcoholic Beverages

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


Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) must be pre-ordered by February 21st.  Pre-order online at http://bookstore.ycp.edu . Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 9th. Costs of regalia are: Associates: $25.00, Bachelor’s: $49.00,  Master’s: $52.00. DNP rental regalia is available for $60.00. 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 vcooke@ycp.edu.

Regalia will not be available on commencement day.  




Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore through May 17th. Both general and personalized announcements are available. See flier in the Jostens mailing for pricing on personalized announcements. General announcements cost $7.99 per package of five.


Graduation Mementos

The York College Bookstore will be open 9:00 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 tented table area to the east of the commencement tent before, during, and at the conclusion of the ceremony. Prices range from $12-$25.


Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

Alpha Chi members who are candidates for May 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 April 9th and week days, May 5th through 15th, 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 Spring 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.

Please see the enclosed  flier from Grad Images™. Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos. 


Diploma & Transcript

A copy of your grade report will be mailed to you 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.



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 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) 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