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Commencement Activities

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Noon to
5:00 p.m. 

Welcome table hosted by the Excelsior College Alumni Association
The Desmond Hotel Lobby

5:30 pm

Awards Convocation
The Desmond Hotel

During this event that recognizes outstanding achievement, graduate and alumni awards are presented, and honorees have the opportunity to tell inspiring and often poignant stories of their own educational experiences and life accomplishments.

All are welcome.


Friday, July 14, 2017

8:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m.

Welcome Table hosted by the Excelsior College Alumni Association
The Desmond Hotel Lobby

8:30 to
10:00 a.m.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Graduate Breakfast*
The Desmond Hotel

Now that you are a graduate, you are automatically a member of the Excelsior College Alumni Association. We invite you and one guest to attend the Alumni Association Annual Meeting, where you will meet members of the Alumni Leadership Council and discuss issues related to alumni.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Noon to
2:00 p.m.

Continuous shuttles from The Desmond Hotel Lobby to the Empire State Plaza

Graduates and guests are strongly encouraged to use the complimentary shuttles, as parking at the Empire State Plaza is limited. Shuttle reservations are not required unless you require use of the accessible shuttle. Anyone arriving early at the Empire State Plaza can take advantage of a variety of food venues on the Plaza Concourse.

1:00 to
2:15 p.m.

Commencement Check-in
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 5

1:00 to
2:15 p.m. and
5:00 to
6:00 p.m.

Complimentary Photo Booth & College Store
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 6

2:30 to
2:45 p.m.

All Graduates Robed to Assemble for Procession
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 2-4

3:00 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony*
Empire State Plaza Convention Hall

The inauguration of James N. Baldwin wlll take place during the Commencement ceremony. Karen Cox will receive an honorary degree and deliver the Commencement address.

5:00 p.m.

Reception for all graduates, guests, and College community
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Graduates and guests can mingle with College faculty and staff as well as the Board of Trustees and Alumni Leadership Council in the area outside the Convention Hall. Each school has a gathering space so you can become acquainted with other graduates and guests from your degree program.

5:30 to
6:30 p.m.

Continuous shuttles after the ceremony, during the reception, from the Empire State Plaza to the Desmond Hotel

Passengers should return to the drop-off location to board buses.