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2012 Graduates

Commencement 2016

Schedule of Events

May 20-21, 2016

Details of these activities and events may change by May 21. An up-to-date final schedule, noting time changes and locations, will be available upon your arrival on campus. Please be sure to pick one up at the Information Desk in Case Center's Commons area, second floor, on Friday, May 20, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 20

12 -6 pm

At the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery:

Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Photography Gift
Feb 3, 2016 - Jul 11, 2016
Borrowed Light
celebrates a transformative gift of over 500 photographs to the Tang Teaching Museum from photographer, curator, and collector Jack Shear. The exhibition will feature a selection of works chosen by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with Shear. 
Shear’s extensive donation serves as a visual history of photography from its inception in the   1840s to the present day. The collection chronicles different photographic processes, techniques, and artistic approaches from an early half-plate ambrotype of Niagara Falls to a Polaroid auto-portrait by a young Robert Mapplethorpe. Historic works include important examples by photographic pioneers such as Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Aaron Siskind, Alfred Stieglitz, and Minor White.

Alma Thomas
February 6 - June 5, 2016
Alma Woodsey Thomas (born 1891, Columbus, Georgia, died 1978, Washington, DC) is known for her vibrant, colorful paintings, many employing her signature stroke, the “Alma  Stripe.” A black woman who grew up under the racial violence of Jim Crow and experienced the Civil Rights Movement firsthand, she did not seriously pursue an artistic career until her retirement at age 60. She resists conventional categorization, whether as an Abstract Expressionist, a Washington Color School painter, or as a female or black artist. Instead, they reveal an artist negotiating her own space amid Washington, D.C.’s, artistic movements, both white and black, of the mid-twentieth century. Frequently included in group exhibitions, she has not been honored with a solo show since 2001.

For more information on these exhibitions, go to https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/upcoming 

Senior Thesis Exhibit
May 13-21, 2016

This exhibit showcases outstanding works in all media by senior studio-art  majors.

10:00 am - 12 pm Periclean Honors Forum: Recognition for Graduating Seniors and Periclean Scholar Awards Ceremony
Filene Recital Hall, Filene Hall

Held annually, the Periclean Scholar Awards competition recognizes excellence by awarding up to four prizes to seniors for distinguished projects in all disciplines.  Periclean Scholar Awards recipients share the honor of this achievement at a ceremonial presentation of the project open to the College community.  Following these presentations, Honors Forum members who are graduating seniors will receive their recognition medals. A reception will follow to celebrate graduating HF seniors and Periclean Scholar Awards recipients.

12:30 pm Senior Varsity Athlete Recognition Luncheon
Main Gym, Williamson Sports Center
By invitation only.
2:00 pm Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Gannett Auditorium

Induction ceremony for new members. Faculty, staff, students, and their families are welcome to attend. Reception follows.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tour of the Tang Teaching Museum
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

3:30 pm Class of 2016 Parents Fund Brick Dedication Ceremony
Case Center Plaza (Rain plan - Case Center)

A brief ceremony for seniors, families, and friends to dedicate the Class of 2016 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2016 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose parents participate in the Class of 2016 Parents Fund.

For more information about Class of 2016 Parents Fund, call Ann Dejnozka, Director of Family Leadership Giving, at 518-580-5635 or visit 

4:30 - 6:30 pm President's Reception
Scribner House, 791 North Broadway

President Philip A. Glotzbach and Marie B. Glotzbach greet seniors, their guests, trustees, faculty, and staff at their home, historic Scribner House.

Saturday, May 21

8:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, Skidmore College Campus

Families, friends, and seniors are welcome as guests of the College.

10:00 am Commencement Procession Formation
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

Seniors arrive, pick up diplomas, and form processional.

10:30 am Faculty members and platform party members form processional.

Audience members are asked to be seated by this time.

10:40 am

105th Commencement Exercises
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

This event will be live-streamed.

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Post-Commencement Reception
Murray Aikins Dining Hall, Skidmore College Campus

Come Celebrate!  Please join graduates, families, friends, faculty and staff for a celebratory reception following the Commencement Ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of Skidmore College's Class of 2016.