York College graduates in front of WPAC

Winter Commencement 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 10:15 a.m. The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: M&T Field House, Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center

I am pleased to learn that you are planning to participate in the winter commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.   

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

Congratulations on the completion of your college degree!

- Laura Niesen de Abruna, Provost  

Wayne Kimmel
Wayne Kimmel, December 2016 Commencement Speaker

Important information about Commencement

  • Meet Our Commencement Speaker

    Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist and the author of “Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.” Managing partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital firm he founded in 1999, he has invested in more than 40 start-up technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and NutriSystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo! His current top portfolio companies include Adwerx, CareCam Health Systems, Dwolla, Indiegogo, Lindi Skin, ReverbNation, StartUp Health, Thrive Commerce and Whistle Sports. 

    Philadelphia Magazine named him a Top Innovator, and he was instrumental in bringing to the city in July 2016 a Microsoft Reactor, designed to accelerate the creation of new companies, solutions, jobs and growth by providing an array of world-class resources and support for students, developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

    Kimmel is on the Boards of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Einstein Healthcare Network. In addition, he serves on the National Advisory Council of the Delaware Law School and was on the Advisory Board of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Kimmel is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. 

  • Livestream

    To view the Commencement live stream video of the ceremony, please click here.

    If you could like to purchase a DVD/Blu-ray of today's commencement ceremony, please contact Penguin Productions LLC at http://www.penguinproductionsllc.com/id20.html.

  • Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 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 have reached out to the class via a portal group set up for graduating seniors needing or having extra December commencement tickets.  If you know you will not use all of your tickets, please consider making them available to fellow graduates.

    The process/instructions for requesting extra tickets was explained in the portal announcement when the ticket exchange opened.   If you have questions about the Senior Ticket Exchange, please contact the Senior Class President, James DiGuglielmo, at jdigugli@ycp.edu.

  • Announcements

    Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore.   Both general and personalized announcements are available.  See Jostens’ flier for pricing on personalized announcements.  General announcements cost $5.99 per package of five.    

  • Tickets/Seating

    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, www.ycp.edu, and on the YCP television network with the broadcast beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Special Accommodations

    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 jstrickh@ycp.edu no later than December 1.

  • 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

    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, November 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Costs of regalia are: Associates: $28.00, Bachelor’s: $54.00, Master’s: $57.00.

    If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Tom Specht, Customer Services Manager in the Bookstore (717 815-6563) or tpecht2@ycp.edu

    Regalia will not be available on commencement day.

  • Parking

    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.


  • Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

    Alpha Chi members who are candidates for the December 2016 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 November 16th and December 12-18, 2015, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 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 to Wolf Gym, on the first floor of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. You will pick up your name card at your

    You will pick up your name card at your robing location and will hand this card to the Provost when you reach the stage. You will be asked to assist the Provost with the PRONUNCIATION of you name by writing it out on the Card. You will be assisted with this at the rehearsal. 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. The tassel is to be on the right prior to the graduation announcement. All graduates will turn them to the left with the announcement from the podium.

    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. The tassel is to be on the right prior to the graduation announcement. All graduates will turn them to the left with the announcement from the podium.

    Leave behind, or entrust to family members, purses, back packs, 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 tables located in the lobby of the Grumbacher Center. Prices range from $15.00 to $30.00.

  • Honors

    Honors as noted in the commencement program are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Fall 2016 semester, and will include all grades earned in courses at colleges other than York. Individual questions regarding honors may be directed to Ms. Kristi Viands, 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 at no additional cost. An announcement regarding academic honors will be made by the Provost when candidates are presented, and honors candidates’ 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 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 www.gradimages.com. 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 giservice@gradimages.net. Students who preregister with Grad Images get $5 off an order of $25 or more.

    Go to the direct link for Pre-Registration: http://www.gradimage.com/Preregistration

    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.