Schedule of Events

Commencement Eve – Friday, May 3, 2024
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Scholars & Leaders Ceremony, Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center Graduates are recognized with Capstone, baccalaureate and program recognition awards; honor society cords; and leadership, community and achievement awards. The Nancy Beyer Opler Award for Excellence in Advising will also be presented to the outstanding advisor nominated by students. For more information, contact Executive Assistant for the Office of the Academic Vice President & Dean of Faculty Kristine Bainton at 603.526.3760 or

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Family Happy Hour, Galligan's Pub at Lethbridge Lodge Graduates gather with family and friends before dinner to catch up and celebrate. Cash bar and limited café menu available for purchase.

4 – 6 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, contact Administrative Coordinator for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences Danell Huntley at 603.526.3795 or

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Graduate Dinner, Dining Room, Ware Student Center

This will be a senior’s favorite meal! The senior class has chosen an assortment of their favorite foods throughout their four years. Join them in enjoying these surprise favorites one last time.

Tickets: pricing information and registration link coming soon.

All attendees must register online: link coming soon.

7:00 – 8:30 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 Sarah Fields at 603.526.3490 or

Commencement Day – Saturday, May 4, 2024
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast for the Class of 2024, Dining Room, Ware Student Center Graduates enjoy their final breakfast together before Commencement.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Professional Learners and Graduate Welcome Reception, Ivey Science center, Room 101 Graduate and Professional Learners enjoy coffee and tea together before Commencement.

9:00 a.m.

Commencement Tent Seating Opens, Quad

Families and friends join graduates, trustees, faculty and staff for the 2024 Commencement ceremony on the quad under the tent. Tickets are not required, but families are encouraged to limit guests to 4-6 per graduate.

Allioops! Florals will be selling flower bouquets for your graduate and Grounds Coffee Shop will be selling hot beverages and assorted pastries.

10:30 a.m.

Commencement, Quad

Graduates and members of the college and greater community are recognized for outstanding contributions to Colby-Sawyer.

Immediately Following Commencement

Reception, Pierce Park*

Graduates and their guests join President Susan D. Stuebner for light refreshments as they congratulate and bid farewell to classmates, faculty and staff before lunch with their families in town. *In the event of inclement weather, the reception will take place in the Coffin Field House at the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center.