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Skidmore College
2012 Graduates

Commencement 2018
Schedule of Events
May 18-19, 2018

Details of these activities and events may change by May 18. 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 18, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 18

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

October 21, 2017—September 1, 2019
Artist Kamau Amu Patton

Intended for conversation and dialogue, study and contemplation, Tel_ is the second in a series that asks artists to imagine what a museum community space can be. Located on the Tang’s mezzanine, Tel_ takes its name from the archeological term for an artificial mound formed by the accumulated remains of people living on the same site for hundreds of years. The project is an examination of history (memory) considered as layers, strata, residue. Tel_ is an archive. Tel_ is an open document, a conversation, a dialogic construct. The project aims to question how the nature of memory has changed in relation to the encroachment of cyberspace, telematics, and transmission technologies. 

Elevator Music 35
Ephraim Asili: Jazz Salt
Jan 13, 2018 - May 20, 2018

In Jazz Salt, Ephraim Asili challenges definitions of originality and art. A thirty-minute cassette, recorded on a four-track cassette recorder, includes samples and newly created music and vocalizations, which together ask us to examine sampling as an art form unto itself and to question at what point a sound can—or should—be defined as original. The book offers a visual and physical gateway to the sound, and the sound an aural gateway to the book, creating a multimedia, multisensory experience.

Rose Ocean: Living with Duchamp
Feb 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Marcel Duchamp’s (1887–1968) ideas about what art can be and how art can function in the world make him arguably the most important voice in visual art of the last century. He revolutionized art and how we understand art, and continues to do so across multiple generations, for makers and thinkers alike. Rose Ocean: Living with Duchamp features works by more than 30 contemporary artists whose conceptual and irreverent works engage with Duchamp’s oeuvre.

Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings
May 12, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018

Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings presents over thirty works from the last four decades to demonstrate the breadth and continuity of Nelson’s influential painting career. This exhibition brings together for the first time important, rarely shown figurative paintings with the more recent abstract paintings for which Nelson is best known. Nelson transforms her created environments into personal and profound viewing experiences. 

Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
May 11–19, 2018

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 2018 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 2018 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2018 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose parents participate in the Class of 2018 Parents Fund.

For more information about Class of 2018 Parents Fund, call Ann Dejnozka, Executive 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 19

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

107th 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 2018.