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Winter Commencement will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.
With students, faculty, and staff back on campus this year, York College is looking forward to resuming a fully in-person graduation ceremony. As in previous years, Winter Commencement will be hosted in the Grumbacher Center. Each graduate will be given five tickets for loved ones who would like to attend. The event will also be live-streamed, followed by a recording available upon request. 
While we intend to move forward with plans for an on-campus Commencement, we are also aware that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to create unforeseeable circumstances. College administration will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as needed based on guidance from public health officials and the CDC.

Important Dates

  • December 15 - Commencement, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Grumbacher
Watch York College's 2021 Winter Commencement LIVE on December 15, 2021. Streaming opens at 10 a.m., with the ceremony starting at 10:15.

Planning for Commencement

  • Graduation Rehearsal - December 13

    All graduates should report to the M&T Field House in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center by 1:30 p.m. to sign in.

    Rehearsal will take place in Wolf Gym from 2 - 2:45 p.m. Rehearsal includes complete information about participating in Commencement and helping graduates and guests prepare to attend.

    Graduates who cannot attend rehearsal should carefully review all emails and this commencement webpage to prepare for the event.

  • Getting to the Ceremony and Parking on December 15

    Guests using a GPS device should input 899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403 as your destination to arrive at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Guest parking is available in the lots near the West Campus residence halls and the west side of Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

    Guests with handicapped tags may park in designated spaces in the west lot next to Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center on a first-come basis.

    The drop-off location for ceremony guests needing handicapped access is the west entrance to Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

  • Entering Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center on December 15

    Doors to the ceremony will open beginning at 9 a.m. for guest seating on a first-come basis. All graduates and guests will enter the building through the west entry door, the one that faces toward South Richland Avenue.

    All graduates and guests over the age of two must wear a mask to enter the building and continue wearing their mask at all times inside the building.

    All graduates and guests will pass through a temperature screening checkpoint upon entering. Anyone with an above-normal temperature will be seated off to the side to wait a few minutes for a second screening. Anyone who cannot pass the temperature screening check with a normal reading will be asked to leave the building.

    After passing through the temperature checkpoint, all guests over the age of two will present their event ticket for entry into the Field House for seating. Graduates in regalia do not need a ticket to enter.

  • Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities

    Please notify Desiree Kile (, 717-815-1548) by December 13 of any family members who will need accommodations for the ceremony (sign language interpretation, wheelchair or handicapped seating).

  • Photos/VIdeo/Streaming of the Commencement Ceremony

    A public live-stream webcast of the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be linked from this webpage (, offering the opportunity for anyone to watch on any device.

    Optional professional photos of the ceremony and of each graduate receiving their degree will be available from Grad Images at www.gradimages.com800-261-2576. Students who preregister with Grad Images get 20% off an order of $50 or more.

    A downloadable digital recording of the ceremony will be available on this page beginning a few days after the ceremony.

  • Flowers and Mementos

    Flowers will be available for sale at the ceremony from an independent vendor for $20-$30 per bouquet. Cash or credit cards accepted.

    The York College Bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 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.

  • Signing Ol' Spart (The Rock)

    Graduates will receive information via email about making an appointment to paint their name on Ol’ Spart, a proud tradition for York College graduates.

    Appointments will be available in the days leading up to the ceremony to sign the rock on Main Campus, outside the bookstore entrance. Graduates may also sign after the commencement ceremony. Materials will be provided.

  • Weather Notifications

    If ceremony-day weather is severe, any decision to cancel the ceremony will be posted immediately on the College website,, social media channels, and announced on the weather hotline at 717-815-6789.

  • Publicity in Your Hometown

    The Office of Communications will work with an outside organization to alert local media in each graduate’s hometown of their graduation. It is at the discretion of the individual papers as to when these announcements appear. For questions or concerns, please contact Colleen Adamy (, 717-815-1456).

    The Records Office will submit each graduate's hometown, academic major(s), and honors for the printed program. Graduates who did not list their hometown on their application for graduation or have any other changes (name or new home address, etc.) must notify Kristi Viands,, by November 16 so appropriate changes can be made in the program.

  • Diploma and Transcript

    A copy of each student’s grade report will be made available online as soon as it is processed. Students who have an incomplete grade or an apparent discrepancy should take the necessary corrective action immediately. The grade report will not contain documentation of graduation.

    Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after final verification of all degree requirements has been completed. A copy of the final transcript documenting the student’s graduation will be included with the diploma. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for this process.

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After Commencement

Receiving Your Diploma

Graduates will receive their diploma in the mail in the weeks following the end of the semester. The Records Office issues diplomas after a student’s requirements for degree completion are confirmed.

Joining the Alumni Association

As a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, you are now officially a member of the Alumni Association! No matter where life takes you, be sure to keep your information up to date so you can stay informed about YCP alumni benefits, career development resources, special events, and more.

Follow @YCPAlumni on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for the latest alumni news!

Contact Us
Dianne Creagh, Director of First-Year Experience
Humanities, Room 22
Phone: 717.815.2216