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Schedule of Events

Commencement Eve, Friday, May 6, 2016

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Senior Art Exhibition, Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center
    The annual exhibition features seniors’ best work in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, mixed and new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
  • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Scholars and Leaders Ceremony, Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center
    Graduates are recognized with Capstone, Baccalaureate and Program Recognition Awards; honor society cords; and leadership and achievement awards. For more information contact Executive Assistant for the Office of the Academic Vice President & Dean of Faculty Sue Maurer at (603) 526-3889 or
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Family Happy Hour, The Pub at Lethbridge Lodge
    Gather with family and friends before dinner to catch-up and celebrate. Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center
    Faculty present graduating student nurses with pins and welcome them into the profession. For more information Administrative Coordinator for the School of Health Professions Rachel Parsons at (603) 526-3795 or
  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Graduate Dinner, Dining Room, Ware Student Center
    Graduates celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at an Italian-themed buffet with full-service cash bar.

      Menu (Italian Buffet):
    • Caesar Salad
    • Chicken Parmesan
    • Eggplant Parmesan
    • Local Pasta with Primavera Sauce
    • Seafood Risotto
    • Sautéed Italian Vegetable Medley
    • Carved Marinated Flank Steak
    • Rolls and Butter
    • Assorted Italian Pastries and Cookies
      Pricing & Tickets:
    • Graduating Students - no charge
    • Adults - $15 per person
    • Children (12 and under) - $8 per child
    • Tickets may be purchased at using credit/debit card or e-check.
    • Reservations will be listed at the door under the graduating student's name.

    For more information contact Dining Services Operations and Catering Manager Dennis Keon at or (603) 526-3088.

  • 7:30 – 10 p.m.

    Family Wacky Bingo, Dining Hall, Ware Student Center
    Graduates share a favorite campus activity with family and friends.
    For more information contact Program Manager for Student Activities Erica Wheeler at (603) 526-3741 or

Commencement Day, Saturday, May 7, 2016

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

    Breakfast for the Class of 2016, Dining Room, Ware Student Center
    Graduates enjoy their final breakfast together before Commencement.
  • 9:30 a.m.

    Commencement Seating Opens, Front Lawn
    Tickets for Commencement are not necessary, however there is limited seating. Families are encouraged to limit guests to six per graduate.
  • 10:30 a.m.

    Commencement, Front Lawn
    Graduates and members of the college and greater community are recognized for outstanding contributions to Colby-Sawyer.
  • Immediately Following Commencement

    Post-Commencement Reception, Pierce Park
    Join President Tom Galligan and Susan Galligan for light refreshments, and to congratulate and bid farewell to your fellow classmates, faculty and staff before lunch with your families in town.