COMMENCEMENT EVE – Friday, May 8, 2020
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 adviser nominated by students. For more information, contact Executive Assistant for the Office of the Academic Vice President & Dean of Faculty Kristin Tupper at 603.526.3889 or

4 – 5 p.m.
Family Happy Hour, Galligan's 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 – 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, contact Administrative Coordinator for the School of Health Professions Kelly Hunold at 603.526.3795 or

5 – 7 p.m.
Senior and Family Dinner – Menu TBD

Dining Room, Ware Student Center

Graduate is Complimentary
Pricing and online purchasing link to be updated soon.

7:30 – 9:30 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 Connor Delaney at 603.526.3741 or

COMMENCEMENT DAY – Saturday, May 9, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Commencement Morning Breakfast Buffet
Open to all families

Traditional Breakfast Fare

  • Graduate is complimentary
  • Children 5 and under are complimentary
  • Pricing and online purchasing link to be updated soon
8:30 a.m.
Commencement Tent Seating Opens, The Quad

We look forward to your visit to New London and hope you will enjoy our Commencement Ceremony on the Quad under the tent. You do not need tickets to attend the ceremony, but families are encouraged to limit guests to 4–6 per graduate.

10:30 a.m.
Commencement, The Quad

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

Immediately Following Commencement
Reception, Pierce Park*

Join President Susan D. Stuebner for light refreshments and to congratulate and bid farewell to your classmates, faculty and staff before lunch with your 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.