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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 10:15 a.m. 
The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: Wolf Lawn, Main Campus
View the Commencement campus map

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

Fall morning on main campus

Commencement Information

  • Commencement Speaker

    Commencement Speaker

    Spring Commencement Speaker to be announced soon.

  • Ceremony Information

    Ceremony Information


    The Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. A link to view the Commencement live stream will be posted prior to the ceremony. If you would like to purchase a DVD/Blu-ray of the day's Commencement ceremony, please contact Penguin Productions LLC.

    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.


    Flowers, provided by the Bookstore and may be purchased at the tables located in the lobby of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center before, during, and at the conclusion of the ceremony. Prices range from $20 to $30. Please note: cash sales only.


    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 hangtag. 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.


    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.

    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 ceremony to paint your name on the rock for all to see. This is also a great spot for taking photos.

    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 Thursday, December 12. The signing of the ceremony will be included in the live feed and video.

  • Graduate Information

    Graduate Information

    Academic Regalia

    Academic Regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) needs to be pre-ordered online at 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.

    Commencement Program

    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

    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.

    Grad Finale

    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

    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 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.

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

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