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Commencement

Spring Commencement will take place on May 14, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.
As we prepare for our Spring 2022 Commencement, York College is looking forward to another fully in-person ceremony. As in previous years, Spring Commencement will be hosted outdoors, under a large tent on Main Campus in front of Wolf Hall.
 
Face masks are highly encouraged for all attendees.
 
The ceremony will also be live-streamed and recorded, with video available on this page the day of the ceremony.
 

Important Dates

  • May 14, 2022 — Commencement, 10:15 a.m.
    *The tent will open for guests at 8 a.m. Arrival time for graduates at their check-in locations on Main Campus is 8:30 a.m. Additional information about the check-in process will be sent to graduates in May.
Watch York College's 2022 Spring Commencement, streaming live on May 14, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.

Planning for Commencement

  • What if I can't attend Grad Finale on April 21?

    Grad Finale is the event at the bookstore when graduates pick up their regalia and guest tickets. Remember, even if your regalia is being mailed to you, you must still pick up your guest tickets in person at the bookstore and sign for them. Guest tickets are not sent through the mail. If you cannot attend Grad Finale between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day, please reach out to Lynn Ferro, lferro@ycp.edu, and arrange to pick up your regalia and/or tickets at later time when you can make it to the bookstore.

  • How many guest tickets will each graduate receive?

    Each graduate will be issued 5 guest tickets – 2 white tickets and 3 green tickets. All 5 tickets, regardless of color, may be used by guests to gain access to outdoor seating during the commencement ceremony.

  • Where do graduates pick up their tickets?
    Most grads will pick up their guest tickets at the bookstore on Grad Finale day, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be held at the bookstore for grads who need to pick them up later. Tickets will not be sent through the mail.
     
    Any grad who does not need all 5 tickets may donate some back to the bookstore for distribution to other graduates. Graduates who need more than 5 tickets may request them through the Senior Ticket Exchange. Information about the exchange will be sent to you as Grad Finale approaches.
  • Can a graduate get extra tickets?

    The number of extra tickets available will depend in part on how many tickets are donated back to the bookstore. That will, in turn, determine whether each grad who requests extra tickets will receive as many as they want. But there will be enough extra tickets to give at least one to each grad who requests it. Those tickets will be distributed in early May.

    Remember, the ceremony will be live-streamed on campus in various locations and over the Internet for anyone to watch on any device, so there are many ways for your family and friends to see you at Commencement.

  • How do I receive honors cords?

    York College distributes gold honors cords to graduates who have attained a GPA that qualifies for one of the three "Latin honors" distinctions:

    • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 or above
    • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70–3.89
    • Cum Laude: 3.50–3.69

    A graduate's GPA for the purposes of bestowing these honors is taken from the last full semester prior to the semester of graduation. For May graduates, that is the GPA they had achieved by the end of the fall semester. (A graduate's complete transcript after their final semester will reflect their final GPA.)

    The gold honors cords are distributed when graduates come to pick up their regalia and guest tickets at the Bookstore. Graduates who are having their regalia mailed to them must still pick up their tickets at the Bookstore, along with any Latin honors cords, if applicable.

    Latin honors distinctions are also noted next to the graduate's name in the printed Commencement program.

  • Where are other regalia accessories available?

    Some graduates are given cords or stoles based on membership or service in a campus organization, such as the Student Senate, YCP athletic teams, or Greek life organizations. Any such items are distributed to the student directly from that organization. They are not distributed by the Bookstore. Graduates should contact their organization if they have questions about those items and how to collect them.

  • Can I decorate my graduation cap?

    Decorating the mortarboard, or graduation cap, is a fun and creative tradition at YCP. Students are welcome to decorate their cap with a design related to their major, YCP spirit, or their personal interests. We are proud to say our graduates know how to decorate with flair and good taste. If you can show your cap proudly to your favorite professor, then you have made a good design choice.

  • What happens in the case of dangerous weather conditions?

    Each graduate will be issued 5 guest tickets. The two white tickets will allow guests to gain entry into the M&T Bank Fieldhouse, Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center, if dangerous weather conditions exist.

  • How else can my guests see the ceremony live?
    There are several ways that guests without tickets can watch the ceremony live, both on campus and from home.
     
    On campus:
     
    There are some seats set outside the tent area where guests can see what is happening on stage. These seats are not covered, but no tickets are needed to use them. First come, first served.
     
    There are spacious indoor viewing areas on campus where guests can watch the live stream of the ceremony. The live stream gives an excellent view of the platform along with captioning. Indoor viewing is ideal for guests who prefer more comfortable seats, climate control, easy access to restrooms, and access to lobby space where they can stretch out or let restless children have a break. No tickets are required to use the live stream viewing locations, and there are always plenty of seats available.
     
    From home:
     
    The live stream is also available online, for anyone to watch from anywhere on any device. Guests who cannot travel to the ceremony can still see their graduate walk across the platform in real time. The link to the live stream will be on the commencement website. 
  • Does YCP take graduation photos?
    Yes! YCP works with a company called Grad Images to take photos of each graduate at the commencement ceremony on May 14. Three photos of each graduate are taken: two before they cross the platform and one on the platform as they shake hands with President Gunter-Smith.
     
    Proofs of the photos will be made available to graduates online a few days after the ceremony. Students are not obligated to purchase photos; they are optional. 
     
    You and your family are welcome to spend time before or after the ceremony taking scenic photos on campus, of you signing Ol' Spart, etc. 
  • Where will parking be available?

    Parking is available on West Campus, with shuttles running to the Main Campus commencement site throughout the day. Guests with accommodation requests, including guests who will need to be dropped off at the commencement site, should notify Desiree Kile, dkile1@ycp.edu.

  • Are accommodations available for guests with special needs?

    York College is happy to accommodate your guests who use mobility equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs, who need a sign-language interpreter, or who have other special needs. Please notify Desiree Kile, dkile1@ycp.edu, our executive assistant of campus operations. She can give you complete information about what accommodations are available to support your guest, and how to help them when you arrive on campus for commencement. She can also reserve seats under the tent for guests who use equipment to make sure they have enough space.Please reach out to Ms. Kile as soon as you know your guest with these needs will be attending.

  • Will a continental breakfast be served on graduation day?

    Compliments of the York College Women's Auxiliary, continental breakfast will be offered from 8 - 10 a.m., in Johnson Dining Hall in the Iosue Student Union. 

     

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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!

Sharing Your Success

Do you have plans to start your first post-graduation job? We'd love to hear about them! Fill out the First Destination Alumni Survey and let us know where you're heading next!

Contact Us
Dianne Creagh, Commencement Coordinator
Humanities, Room 22
Phone: 717.815.2216
ccreagh@ycp.edu

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