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In the wake of the COVID -19 Pandemic, we regret to inform you that we cannot hold Commencement as we traditionally have. It is very unfortunate that we find ourselves in this circumstance which compels us to think differently and take drastic actions to protect the health of those in our community and across the country.

We know that Commencement represents an important culmination of four years of hard work by our seniors—and significant investments by their families. Members of the Class of 2020 will be engaged in ways that we can celebrate and appropriately mark this important milestone. We are planning to assemble a working group of student leaders and other members of the Skidmore community to help plan an exciting, reimagined Commencement that will occur when the time is right.

2019 Graduates

Commencement 2020
Schedule of Events
May 15-16, 2020

Details of these activities and events may change by May 15. 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 15, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 15

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. For additional information on Periclean Honors Forum, please contact Yelena Biberman at

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

Mary Weatherford: Canyon-Daisy-Eden 
Artist: Mary Weatherford
Wachenheim Gallery
Feb 8, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020

Over the last three decades, Mary Weatherford has established herself with her lusciously seductive, conceptual paintings. Through seven distinctive bodies of work, she has explored the ways in which we navigate our surroundings, both natural and cultural. Her paintings, rectangles on the wall covered in color that remain laden with the weight of history, are, in Weatherford’s deft treatments, wry commentary on the productive relationship between art and lives being lived messily.

Mary Weatherford: Canyon-Daisy-Eden will reveal her long-standing practice and her engagement with narrative. Starting from her earliest target paintings based on operatic heroines, the exhibition covers the gestural abstractions redacted with bent neon that launched her career in the 2010s. Each body of work has built carefully upon the achievements of the previous series. Weatherford’s first museum survey will make clear that knowledge of her trajectory makes the experience her works more evocative, poetic, and resonant.

Mary Weatherford: Canyon–Daisy–Eden is organized by guest curator Bill Arning and Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

Artists: Harry Benson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Stokes, Tom of Finland, Boris Vallejo
Malloy Wing

Feb 22, 2020 - Jun 7, 2020

Flex considers intersections of muscular physiques and heroic images, how they represent changing notions of bravery, beauty, and health. Sculpted bodies become sites of desire, power, and cultural performance, where different types of identity acquire definition, much as muscles do. This exhibition demonstrates how certain classical ideals are referenced and re-articulated in modern art and media, whether employed to authorize or to interrogate modern constructions of masculinity. Dramatic physical transformations are often accompanied by a rhetoric of self-improvement along with rituals of self-devotion, which might tacitly or explicitly endorse ageism or ableism. Flex looks carefully at muscled images, but also reflects upon the unrelenting gaze through which bodies are continually scrutinized, criticized, and corrected—if not perfected. 
Flex is co-curated by Dan Curley, Associate Professor of Classics, and Gregory Spinner, Teaching Professor in Religious Studies.

Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
May 10–16, 2020

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 2020 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 2020 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2020 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose parents participate in the Class of 2020 Parents Fund.

For more information about Class of 2020 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 16

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

109th 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 2020.

The Skidmore Shop will be open Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with 15% off on branded merchandise.

On Saturday, the Skidmore Shop will be open from 1-5 p.m. on First Floor of Case Center. Join us at the Skidmore Shop to take advantage of the opportunity to take home memorabilia of your time at Skidmore College.  Do not forget to pick up your free alumni window sticker.

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.