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Skidmore College

2019 Graduates

Commencement 2023
Schedule of Events
May 19-20, 2023

Details of these activities and events may change by May 20. 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 19, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 19

10:00 am–noon
Periclean Honors Forum:
Periclean Scholar Awards Ceremony followed by Recognition for Graduating Honors Forum Seniors
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain 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 Flagg Taylor.

Noon–5:00 pm

At The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting
State Farm Mezzanine Gallery
Oct 16, 2021 - Sep 10, 2023
Conceived and designed for conversation, dialogue, study, and contemplation, Location Scouting is the fourth exhibition in a series that invites an artist to re-imagine what a community space in the museum can be. Artist and curator Lauren Kelley reshapes the Tang Teaching Museum’s mezzanine by combining meditations on travel with snapshots of everyday life in her drawings, sculpture, and stop-motion animation videos. 

Parallax: Framing the Cosmos
Wachenheim Gallery
Oct 1, 2021 - June 19, 2023
Parallax describes how an object appears to change position when viewed from different vantage points, as in the viewfinder of a camera or when a star is seen from two different places in Earth's orbit. As an astronomical term and a metaphor for shifting perspectives, parallax reminds us that no two cultures, nations, or minds perceive the apparently "universal" universe in the same way. Parallax: Framing the Cosmos presents outer space as a backdrop for understanding ourselves, interrogating both individual quests for unique places in space and culturally specific myths, including the US nationalist fantasy of conquering the moon and stars on behalf of "all mankind." 

Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My
Malloy Wing
Feb 18, 2023 - Jul 16, 2023
Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My is the artist's first full-scale solo museum exhibition in North America. In her work, Kim engages with how we experience and conceptualize sound to challenge the notion that it is solely auditory experience and to foreground sound as a multidimensional visual, physical, and political experience. Kim, whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), explores and employs elements from various information systems, including musical notation, infographics, and ASL, using these systems to develop her own dryly humorous visual vocabulary in a variety of mediums including performance, drawing, video, lecture, and more. Kim's works highlight, interrogate, and celebrate the complexities of social interaction between people across different positionalities and modes of communication. 

Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
May 15–19, 2023
This exhibit showcases outstanding works in all media by senior studio-art majors.

Visit The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery website for more information on these exhibitions.

12:30 pm
Senior 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 2023 Brick Dedication Ceremony
Case Center Plaza (Rain plan - The Spa, Case Center)

A brief ceremony for seniors, families, and friends to dedicate the Class of 2023 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2023 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose families participate in the Class of 2023 Senior Family Project. 

Visit the Class of 2023 Parents Fund page for more information.

4:30–6:00 pm

President's Reception
Scribner House, 791 North Broadway (Rain plan-Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, first floor)
President Marc C. Conner and Barbara Reyes-Conner greet seniors, their guests, trustees, faculty and staff at their home, historic Scribner House


Saturday, May 20

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

112th Commencement Exercises
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

1:00–3:00 pm

Commencement Reception
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park
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 2023.

The Skidmore Shop will be open Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with 15% off on branded merchandise.

On Saturday, in addition to their campus store hours of 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., the Skidmore Shop will have a pop-up location at Commencement. Great new merchandise and Skidmore swag will be available, including diploma frames, hats, hoodies, t-shirts, and branded other gifts items for the whole family. Join us in celebrating and commemorating your time at Skidmore College in style and with pride.  

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.