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Spring Commencement 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our graduates!

Check out our photo album from the Spring 2015 York College Commencement and from the Nursing Convocation.

Media coverage: York Dispatch, York Daily Record. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10:15 a.m.

Main Campus

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, under the tent, 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 i the follow-up portal announcement and email sent by Academic Affairs mid-April.



Five guest tickets for admission to the main tent 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 available for indoor viewing in the Waldner Collegiate Performing Arts Center and the Admissions Welcome Center. The ceremony will also be shown live on large screens in the overflow tent located adjacent to the main tent. Tickets are not required for admission to the viewing sites other than the main tent. Tickets are not required for admission to the viewing sites other than the main tent.

A live stream webcast will be available on the College website and on the YCP television networkwith 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

Sponsored by the College bookstore, it will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. in the bookstore. Graduates are notified/invited to Grad Finale by a separate mailing from Jostens. 



Handicapped Parking (for those displaying handicapped license plates or placards): Enter at main entrance and you will be directed to park in the closest available spaces to the commencement tent. There is not a drop-off area either on Country Club Road nor on main campus for elderly/handicapped guests of graduates unable to ride the shuttle but do not have the proper handicapped license plate or placard.

Graduates and their guests: You will be directed to the west campus parking lots, with campus shuttle transportation to main campus. Drop-off point is the lower campus by Penn and Beard Halls. 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 a resident parking permit.


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, no later than Friday, May 1. She  will obtain an interpreter and provide them with a reserved seating section.


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 but no later than Friday, May 8. She can provide those guests with reserved seating.


Robing and Processional

Graduates are to report for robing and line-up no later than 9:30 a.m.

  • DNP (Nursing), MBA, M.S. (Nursing), M.Ed., Associate, B.A., and B.S. (last name A-F) to the lobby of Wolf Hall.
  • B.S. (last name G-Z) to the lobby of Campbell Hall

The procession will be at the entrance to the tent to begin the processional at 10:15 a.m. 


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.


Academic Regalia & Dress Standards

Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) orders were due March 2. Orders received after March 2 will be charged a $25 late fee. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 15. Costs of regalia are: Associates: $25.00, Bachelor’s: $49.00, Master’s: $52.00, DNP rental regalia cost is $69. If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Customer Services at (717) 849-1699. 

Undergraduate candidates, B.A. and B.S. and Graduate program candidates, M.B.A., M.S. (nursing) and M.Ed. wear their hoods as included in the regalia package.

Doctoral candidates, DNP (nursing) will carry their hoods over their left arm to the stage and will be hooded individually as part of the ceremony.

Graduates should 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 beginning March 1 throuh May 17. Both general and personalized announcements are available. See flier in the Jostens mailing for pricing on personalized announcements, which are available April 15 at the Grad Finale. General announcements 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.



Flowers will be provided by Lincolnway Flower Shop and may be purchased at the tented table area outside of the tent throughout the day. Prices range from $10-$30.


Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

Alpha Chi members who are candidates for Spring 2015 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 15 and May 4-14 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 Spring 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 (available for no additional charge) 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.

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 preregister with GradImages get $5 of an order of $25 or more.   Go to the Pre-Event Registration section on for details.  Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos. 

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.

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


Graduation Day Reception

A reception with a continental breakfast will be sponsored by the York College Women’s Auxiliary for graduates and their guests, 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 8.  Luncheon reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.


Interfaith Graduation Worship Service

An interfaith Graduation Worship Service will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Brougher Chapel starting at 7:00 p.m.   Graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff all are welcome to attend.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service