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2012 Graduates

Commencement 2019
Schedule of Events
May 17-18, 2019

Details of these activities and events may change by May 17. 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 17, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 17

10:00 am–12 pm
Periclean Honors Forum:
Periclean Scholar Awards Ceremony followed by Recognition for Graduating Honors Forum Seniors
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.

noon–5 pm.
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

The Second Buddha: Master of Time
Rubin Museum of Art and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
February 9 - May 19, 2019

The Second Buddha: Master of Time presents the story of the legendary Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava. Also known as “The Lotus-born,” “Precious Guru” (Guru Rinpoche), or “The Second Buddha,” Padmasambhava is widely credited with bringing Buddhism to the Tibetan lands. The ancient legends of Padmasambhava have transcended vastly different periods and cultures, carrying as they do universal messages about the power of human emotions, human achievement and triumph over adversity, self-transformation, impermanence, and the nonlinear nature of time. Legend holds that Padmasambhava was an enlightened being, capable of seeing through time to predict troubled times in the future. In order to aid future generations, he hid his teachings, known as hidden treasure teachings (terma), throughout the Tibetan lands for his disciples to discover. 

The Second Buddha explores the visual and material world centered on Padmasambhava through sculpture, Tibetan scroll paintings (thangkas), textiles, and manuscripts from the 13th through 19th centuries. The exhibition will also include interactive tablets with augmented reality technology that visitors can use to further explore the artworks and discover the past, present and projected teachings of Padmasambava.

Like Sugar 
Sharon Core, Will Cotton, Julia Jacquette, Vik Muniz, Zineb Sedira, Laurie Simmons, Kara Walker
February 9 - June 9, 2019

Our taste for sweetness is a powerful force. It is one of the foundations of empires; of slavery; of ecological devastation; and of modern health epidemics and food injustice. Even knowing this, we love it. Sugar is a shape-shifter. Flowers and fruits seduce birds and insects with their nectars; for human beings, sugar starts as cane, beets, or corn, and people have harvested and manipulated and packaged it to suit consumers’ fancies. We continually construct and reconstruct its meanings. Like Sugar will explore both the problematic and the joyful aspects of sugar, complicating our view of how this multi-layered substance affects us. Through artwork by contemporary artists such as Vik Muniz, Julia Jacquette, Zineb Sedira, Laurie Simmons, and others; historical materials such as maps, prints, and books; and material culture such as cane-cutting tools and sugar dishes, the show will raise questions and provide a space for dialogue about sugar in our lives. 

Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
May 12–18, 2019

This exhibit showcases outstanding works in all media by senior studio-art majors. For more information on these exhibitions, go to

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, Palamountain Hall

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

3:30 pm
Class of 2019 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 2019 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2019 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose parents participate in the Class of 2019 Parents Fund.

For more information about Class of 2019 Parents Fund, visit

4:30–6:30 pm

President's Reception
RAIN PLAN: Williamson Sports Center, Main Gym
President Philip A. Glotzbach and Marie B. Glotzbach greet seniors, their guests, trustees, faculty, and staff at their home, historic Scribner House.


Saturday, May 18

8:00–10:00 am
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

108th Commencement Exercises
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

2:00–4:00 pm

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 2019.

Interactive Commencement Map
Where is Commencement held?

Skidmore's Commencement Exercises are held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, located in the Saratoga Spa State Park, several miles from campus. The SPAC amphitheater is covered but not enclosed. This map will show parking, facilities, and points of interests.

View the Commencement Map