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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 10:15 a.m. The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: Main Campus Lawn, Click here to view the Commencement campus map

Please note: Every effort will be made to hold the Commencement Ceremony as scheduled. If severe inclement weather forces the College to cancel commencement, the announcement will be placed on the College's portal, social media accounts and the Weather Hotline. 

2018 Commencement Speaker Governor Tom Wolf and honorary degree recipient Anthony Campisi
  • Commencement Speaker

    Governor Thomas Wolf

    Thomas Wolf was elected governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in November 2014. He is the former chairman and CEO of his family’s business, The Wolf Organization. Prior to being elected governor, Wolf served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Revenue under Gov. Ed Rendell. 

    Wolf is a long-time supporter and advocate of York College. He serves as a trustee emeritus member of the Board of Trustees and is former chairman of the York College Board of Trustees, a position from which he resigned when he became Secretary of Revenue. He served on the “A Time to Act” Campaign Steering Committee and was a member of York College’s Collegiate Council before becoming a trustee. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College.

    His leadership has long benefitted all of York community. He is the former chairman of the board of the York County Chamber of Commerce, the former chairman of the board at WITF Public Broadcasting, former chairman of the York County Community Foundation, and the former chairman of the board of the United Way of York County. He also served as president of Better York, Inc.

  • Livestream

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

    If you would like to purchase a DVD/Blu-ray of today's commencement ceremony, please contact Penguin Productions LLC at

  • Academic Regalia

    Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood) needed to be pre-ordered online at  by February 23. Orders received after February 23 will be charged a $25 late fee.   Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 18.  Costs of regalia packages are:  Associates:   $29.99,  Bachelor’s: $56.00, Master’s: $59.99.  DNP rental regalia is also available through the Department of Nursing at a cost of $72.99.  If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact Mrs. Lynn Ferro in the Bookstore via email at

    Regalia will not be available on commencement day.  

  • Announcements

    Announcements may be purchased at the Grad Finale or in the Bookstore March 1 through May 12.  Both general and personalized announcements are available.  See flyer in the Jostens mailing for pricing on the personalized announcements.  General announcements cost $5.99 per package of five.

  • 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. 

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

    Alpha Chi members are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia for the Commencement ceremony. 

    Medallions are available for purchase in the Provost’s Office (Miller Admin. Bldg., Room 18) during the Grad Finale on April 18, at the rehearsal on May 4 in Wolf Gym, and weekdays, May 7 through 10, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Provost’s Office, at a cost of $13.00, payable by check or cash (please bring correct change).

    Medallions will not be available on commencement day.

  • Commencement Breakfast 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. In the event that the ceremony is held indoors due to severe weather, the reception will be canceled.   

  • Commencement Luncheon

    A buffet luncheon will be available in Johnson Dining Hall, Iosue Student Union, immediately following the ceremony
    (approximately 12:15 p.m.). Advance reservations are required for the buffet luncheon and must be made by calling Chartwells Dining Service 717.815.1268 no later than Friday, May 4. Buffet reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.

    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.

  • Commencement Program

    Each graduate's hometown, academic major(s) and honors will be listed in the printed program. If you did not list your hometown on your application for graduation or have any other changes (name or new home address, etc.) please notify the Records Office so appropriate changes can be made in the program. This needs to be done no later than Friday, April 6 in order to meet printing deadlines.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Wolf Gymnasium, Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center

    Please enter through the lower door from the Field House and pick up your name card.

    The rehearsal will include:

    • Complete instructions for commencement participation.
    • Writing the correct pronunciation of your name on your name card and returning the card before you leave.  We will assist you with this as necessary.
    • Instructions on wearing your regalia with examples of how to wear each accessory.
    • Raffle drawings for door prizes (graduates must be present at rehearsal to win)
    • Gifts for all graduates.
    • An opportunity to take photos with your friends.
  • 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 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.

  • Flowers

    Mixed bouquets of flowers will be sold through the College Bookstore ranging in price from $20.00 to $30.00  at the tented table to the east of the main commencement tent.  Flowers sold at this location will be cash sales only. Credit card transactions will be available . in the College Bookstore. 

    In the event of an indoor ceremony, flowers will be available at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center just inside the entrance area.

  • Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Bookstore.  Please also refer to the notice mailed by Jostens to each prospective graduate.

  • Honors

    Honors, as noted in the commencement program, are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Spring 2018 semester, and will include all grades earned in courses at colleges other than York.  Individual questions regarding honors may be directed to 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.  Names of honors candidates will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.

  • Parking

    Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities is available on main campus parking lots for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag.  The parking lots are accessed via the main college entrance on Country Club Road.  A drop-off area for passengers will be available near the entrance to the tent. All other entrances to main campus will be closed to incoming traffic and campus roads will be one-way only.

    All other vehicles will be routed to the west campus parking lots via Richland Avenue to West Campus Drive.  Shuttle service will be available from west campus parking lots to main campus.  Golf carts will be running from the drop-off point (near Penn & Beard Halls) to the ceremony site before and after the ceremony to assist those not able to walk to the commencement site. 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 - use 899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403 as your ending location. 

    In the event that the ceremony is held indoors, all guests will be asked to park on West Campus. 

    Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities will be available in the lot immediately adjacent to the west side of the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center.  Campus Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests displaying the appropriate license plate or hang tag to this parking location.

  • 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 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 Grad Images get 20% off an order of $50 or more.

    Go to the direct link for Pre-Registration:

    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 newspapers as to when these announcements appear. If you have questions or concerns, 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) continues. 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!

  • Tickets & Seating

    Each graduate participating in commencement will receive a total of five tickets for guest seating in the main tent for the ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Tickets will be distributed to students on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Grad Finale event in the Bookstore between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Of the five tickets, three will be GREEN and two will be WHITE. All five tickets, regardless of color, will be used for admission to seating under the main tent on Wolf Lawn. 

    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 held outdoors, under the tents, rain or shine.  The ceremony will be broadcast via live-stream and shown on large screens in the overflow tent located adjacent to the main tent.  The ceremony will also be broadcast via live-stream in the Waldner 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 during an outdoor ceremony.        

    IN THE EVENT THAT SEVERE WEATHER (dangerous, strong winds and/or lightning) is predicted for Saturday, May 12, the commencement ceremony will be held indoors. The indoor location is M&T Bank Field House in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. 

    The decision to move the ceremony to the indoor location will be made Friday morning, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. Please check the York College website for an announcement, which will also be made through the College’s portal, and social media accounts ( and the Weather Hotline, 717.815.6789

    If the event is held indoors, the three GREEN tickets will be used for guest seating in M&T Bank Field House. The two WHITE tickets will be required for admittance to Wolf Gymnasium, also located in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, where the ceremony will be broadcast via live-stream. All other guests without tickets are welcome to view the televised broadcast on main campus in the Waldner Performing Arts Center, DeMeester Recital Hall, Weinstock Lecture Hall, or in the Admissions Welcome Center (Iosue Student Union). 

    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.

  • Ticket Exchange

    Senior Class officers will reach out to the class via a portal group set up for graduating seniors needing or having extra May 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 will be explained in a portal announcement when the ticket exchange opens following the Grad Finale. If you have questions about the Senior Ticket Exchange, please contact the Senior Class at

  • Special Accommodations

    Anyone, graduates or guests, requiring any type of special seating accommodations, including persons with disabilities or those requiring a sign language interpreter, should contact Ms. Desiree Kile, Campus Operations Office, 717.815.1548 or no later than Friday, May 4. The signing of the ceremony will be included on the live feed and video

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