Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) needs to be pre-ordered online at http://bookstore.ycp.edu. Distribution of regalia will be at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Costs of regalia packages are:
- Associates: $29.99
- Bachelor’s: $56.99
- Master’s: $59.99
If you are unable to attend Grad Finale or have other questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact the Bookstore at 717.849.1699.
Regalia will not be available on Commencement day.
Alcoholic Beverages and 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 who are candidates for December 2019 graduation are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia. AX medallions may be purchased at Grad Rehearsal on December 11, 2019. Students who cannot attend Grad Rehearsal may purchase their medallion in the Provost’s Office (Miller Administration Building, Room 18). The cost is $13.00, payable by cash or check.
Medallions will not be available on Commencement day.
Announcements may be purchased at the Bookstore. General announcements cost $5.99 per package of five. Personalized announcements are available through Jostens and at Grad Finale on November 6, 2019. See Jostens’ flyer for pricing on personalized announcements.
The York College Bookstore will be open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Graduation Day to provide you and your family an opportunity to obtain York College gift items, clothing, balloons, etc. Snacks for the trip home will also be available.
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 April 25 in order to meet printing deadlines.
Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Wolf Gymnasium.
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.
- Instructions on wearing your regalia with examples of how to wear each accessory.
- Door prizes.
- Gifts for all graduates.
Diploma and 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.
Dress for Commencement should be conservative. Business casual dress is appropriate for graduates and guests.
A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the Commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Bookstore. Please refer to the materials mailed to each candidate for graduation by Jostens.
Honors, as noted in the Commencement program, are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Fall 2019 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, Miller Administration Building at 717.815.1232 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Honors candidates’ names will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.
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 email@example.com so that she may follow up.
Robing and Processional
Graduates are to report to their robing site, Wolf Gymnasium, no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Make sure your robe, hood, cap, and tassel are ready to go prior to graduation day. Note that gowns are not floor length. The tassel is to be worn on the right side of the cap.
Leave behind, or entrust to family members, purses, backpacks, bags etc. since you will not be able to carry them into the ceremony.
Senior Class Ticket Exchange
The Senior Class officers will reach out to the class via a portal group to the graduating seniors needing or having extra Commencement tickets. If you know you will not use all of your tickets, please consider making them available to fellow graduates. The instructions for requesting extra tickets will be explained in the portal announcement when the ticket exchange opens following the Grad Finale.