Saturday, May 19, 2018
Processional begins at 1:45 PM, Ceremony begins at 2 PM.
Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College
For detailed information, click on the headings below:
- Caps and Gowns
- College Bookstore
- Commencement Ceremony - Guests
- Commencement Day - Graduates
- Directions and Maps
- Graduation Announcements
- Nursing Advancement Ceremony
- Parking and Shuttle Services
- Special Accommodations
- Watch Commencement
Caps and gowns: There is no cost to students for caps and gowns, but they must pre-order regalia online by March 27 using the following link: https://collegegrad.herffjones.com. They may pick up caps and gowns on May 2 during a special graduation event:
Grad Fair 2018
10 AM to 2 PM
- Graduation pins, diploma frames and other graduation items will be available to purchase.
- After May 2: Students may pick up their graduation attire at The Book Nook during regular business hours beginning May 7.
- Student ID: Students must show their student IDs when they pick up their graduation attire.
- No payment needed: Student fees pay for caps and gowns.
- Lost tassel: If a student loses his/her tassel, a replacement tassel may be purchased for $5 at The Book Nook.
- Holds: If a student has a hold on his/her account due to unpaid bills, overdue library books, parking fines, etc., the student will need to settle the account prior to picking up his/her cap and gown.
- Phi Theta Kappa regalia: Visit the Phi Theta Kappa Recognition Store at http://store.ptk.org/ to purchase the regalia.
The Book Nook will be open from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on Commencement day for gift and apparel purchases. The Book Nook is located on the first floor of the Student Center.
Line up takes place in the FLCC gym.
Graduates should report to the gym no later than 12:45 PM on May 19.
Caps and gowns
Graduates are to bring their caps and gowns with them to put on in the gym.
Dress for the weather
Dress appropriately for the occasion and the weather. Be aware that no matter what the temperature is outside, it is always colder in CMAC. High heels are not recommended as the walk to CMAC is lengthy and includes many steps.
Students may NOT carry any personal belongings in the Commencement line. There will be a secure area in the gym for students to check their personal belongings.
Tickets are not required to attend the Commencement ceremony.
Reserved seating is for graduates, faculty, staff and special guests only. Their seating sections will be roped off.
All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: Commencement activities involve the entire campus and thousands of people. Family and friends should arrive early to allow time for parking and lots of walking. Please plan ahead for family members with limited mobility.
The ceremony should last one and a half to two hours. Guests should plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. Graduates and guests are asked to stay for the duration of the ceremony. Restrooms will be available on the CMAC grounds (look for signs pointing to separate building located to the left if facing stage).
Diplomas will be mailed in June to graduates completing their degree requirements in May 2018.
For driving directions and maps visit www.flcc.edu/directions
Graduation announcements may be purchased at The Book Nook beginning May 2.
- When: The Nursing Advancement Ceremony is Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9:30 AM.
- Where: The ceremony will be held in the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College.
- For more information about the Nursing Advancement Ceremony contact Emily Kuryla, Nursing Advancement Ceremony coordinator at (585)785-1429, Emily.Kuryla@flcc.edu
Guest and graduate parking
Parking will be available in two locations:
- CMAC parking lot (Parking lot G.) See campus map
- Large parking lot in front of the main campus building (Parking lot A.) See campus map
Handicap parking and drop-off
Handicap parking will be available in two locations:
- Smaller parking lot directly in front of the Student Center entrance (Parking lot B.) See campus map
- Drop-off area: There will be a drop-off area closer to CMAC for people with disabilities. However, some walking is still required to get to the seating area. Families with members who have limited mobility should plan ahead and consider bringing a wheelchair and designating a member of the family to push the wheelchair.
- There is no shuttle service from the two parking lot areas to the CMAC shell, so guests should plan on a short walk. College staff will operate a limited number of golf carts to assist those with mobility challenges; because this is a limited service, guests who do not need the assistance are asked to respect the needs of those who do. For safety reasons, carts will not take on passengers until crowds have cleared after the Nursing Advancement and Commencement ceremonies. Please be aware that you may have to wait for up to 15 minutes for a mobility cart immediately prior to and after the ceremonies, when demand is at its highest.
- Photographers from GradImages® will be at the ceremony and will take two candid photographs of each graduate before he/she walks on stage and during the graduate’s special recognition moment on stage.
- To order photos: Within five to seven days after commencement, graduates will receive an order form with free passport-sized digital proofs of the two photos taken at the ceremony. Orders may be placed online at www.gradimages.com or by calling (1)800-261-2576.
- Pre-register: Graduates may pre-register online at www.gradimages.com to receive an email as soon as their photos are available for viewing and ordering.
Guests may take photos
Family and friends are welcome to take photos during the ceremony in designated areas. However, we ask that anyone taking photos be respectful of the graduates and other guests.
Graduate reception: The Class of 2018 and their guests are invited to join the college community immediately following the ceremony for a reception honoring the graduates. The reception will be held in the Finger Lakes Café on the second floor of the Student Center.
Accommodations for people with disabilities
If a graduate, family member or guest requires special accommodations for seating, sign language interpretation, getting on and off stage or has other needs, please contact Lisa Thomas, assistant director of academic success and access programs at FLCC, as soon as possible at (585)785-1390, Lisa.Thomas@flcc.edu.
There are several seating areas in CMAC specifically designed for wheelchairs.
Guests sitting with wheelchair users
We request that no more than two guests sit with a wheelchair user in a wheelchair section.
- Rain or shine: The ceremony will proceed rain or shine.
- Dress for the weather: Please be aware that no matter what the temperature is outside, it is much colder in CMAC. CMAC is an outdoor theater and is not enclosed.
The Nursing Advancement and Commencement ceremonies will be shown live on Finger Lakes Television, channel 1304 on the Spectrum system in the Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes TV broadcasts are also simultaneously webcast at fingerlakestv.org/live.
Tune in at 9:25 AM May 19 for Nursing Advancement and 1:40 PM for Commencement.
Finger Lakes Television will re-broadcast a recording of the Nursing Advancement Ceremony at 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 26.
The rebroadcast of Commencement is scheduled for 1:30 PM Sunday, May 27.
If you have questions concerning graduation, please contact the One Stop Center at (585)785-1000 or email@example.com. We will be happy to assist you.
Commencement Tips from Flick
FLCC grads: not sure what to do on the big day? Flick has some tips for you.
All students who plan to graduate must file an Application for Degree or Certificate form to be eligible to participate in Commencement. If you received the Commencement postcard, you have already filed.
Caps and gowns may be picked up May 2 at a special event in Stage 14 or during regular bookstore hours after May 7.
Processional lineup starts in the gym. Graduates should be in the gym no later than 12:45 PM.
Commencement processional begins at 1:45 PM. Guests are asked to be in their seats by that time.
Guest parking is available in the CMAC parking lot and the large parking lot in front of the main FLCC building.
Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot directly in front of the Student Center. Visitors who need assistance can also be dropped off in front of the Student Center to wait for the rest of their party.
Commencement is held rain or shine. CMAC is usually colder than the outside temperature. We recommend graduates and guests dress accordingly.
If you have questions, contact the One Stop Center at (585)785-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org