Diploma, graduation cap and flowers 197th Commencement

197th Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Procession: 10:10 a.m. Ceremony Begins: 10:30 a.m.

The procession will start at 10:10 a.m. from the Lower Gym in the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex and continue down Liberty Street toward the Quad, where the ceremony will take place, rain or shine.

 

Commencement Speaker: Kandice Watson ’86
Photo of Alumni Speaker Candace Watson
Kandice Watson '86

Cazenovia College is welcoming alumna Kandice Watson back to campus as special guest speaker for its 197th Commencement. A Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Indian Nation, Watson earned her associate degree at Cazenovia in liberal studies in 1986. She has served as documentarian for the Oneida Indian Nation since 2017. In that role, her responsibilities include researching the Nation’s history and significant cultural events for posterity, as well as compiling data and providing historical context for Nation Member communications. Through her research, Nation Members are able to learn about and develop a direct connection to their past to ensure family histories are told from generation to generation. 

 
 
Honorary Degree

Joining with many other colleges, Cazenovia is awarding an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree, honoris causa, in absentia to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as part of Commencement ceremonies. The honor is being awarded in recognition of Zelenskyy’s leadership and in support of the people of Ukraine in their struggle against the Russian invasion.
 

Guest Tickets

Graduates will each receive four tickets for guests to attend the Commencement ceremony.

 

Live Webcast

Commencement was streamed live for family members and friends who were unable to come to Cazenovia for the ceremony. The link to view the recording is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T66MvbYjabc

 
COVID Protocols

Commencement. Seating will be in groups of up to four guests with appropriate space between the groups in support of health and safety guidelines and best practices. At this time, masks will be optional for all guests and graduates. COVID rates and information from federal and state health officials at the time of Commencement could make modifications to the current plan necessary. Should changes be necessary, communications will be sent to graduates and posted on this 197th Commencement webpage.


Where to Stay

Here is a list of some of the hotels in the area with links to their website for making reservations.

Parking

Parking will be available at the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex on Saturday, May 14. Campus Safety will direct anyone attending Commencement to park in the Athletic Complex parking lots. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Curbside parking along Seminary, Sullivan, and Nickerson Streets adjacent to the campus will be coned off/closed off and unavailable for parking until after the ceremony has completed.

 
Accessible Parking

Accessible parking for those with disabilities is available at Saint James Church. The entrance to the parking area is off of Sullivan Street, between Albany and Nickerson Streets.

 
Directions

Schneeweiss Athletic Complex
From East on NY Thruway (I-90):
Get off at exit 34 (Canastota). Follow Route 13 south to Cazenovia. In Cazenovia turn right onto Albany Street (Route 20 west). At the next traffic light, turn right onto Lincklaen Street. Go two blocks and turn left onto Nickerson Street. Make first right onto Liberty Street. The Athletic Complex and visitor parking are at the end of Liberty Street. (Number 23 on Campus Map)

From West on NY Thruway (I-90):
Get off at exit 34A (I-481). Take I-481 South to exit 3e. Take exit 3e (Fayetteville & Route 92). Follow Route 92 through Manlius to Cazenovia. Route 92 ends at Route 20. Turn left onto Route 20 east. Continue to the first traffic light and bear left following Route 20. At the next light, turn right onto Albany Street. Continue on Albany Street and at the first traffic light, turn left onto Lincklaen Street. Go two blocks and turn left onto Nickerson Street. Make first right onto Liberty Street. The Athletic Complex and visitor parking are at the end of Liberty Street. (Number 23 on Campus Map)

From South on I-81:
Take either exit 11 (Route 13 north) in Cortland and follow Route 13 north all the way to Cazenovia, or continue on I-81 north to exit 15 (Lafayette) and take Route 20 east to Cazenovia. Turn left onto Route 20 east. Continue to first traffic light and bear left following Route 20. At next light, turn right onto Albany Street. At the first stop light, turn left onto Lincklaen Street. Go two blocks and turn left onto Nickerson Street. Make first right onto Liberty Street. The Athletic Complex and visitor parking are at the end of Liberty Street. (Number 23 on Campus Map)

From North on I-81:
Exit to I-481 south. Continue on I-481 south to exit 3e (Fayetteville & Route 92). Follow Route 92 through Manlius to Cazenovia. Turn left onto Route 20 east. Continue to first traffic light and bear left following Route 20. At next light, turn right onto Albany Street. At the first stop light, turn left onto Lincklaen Street. Go two blocks and turn left onto Nickerson Street. Make first right onto Liberty Street. The Athletic Complex and visitor parking are at the end of Liberty Street. (Number 23 on Campus Map)

From New York City Area:
Take the Thruway to Route 17 west to Binghamton. Pick up I-81 north to exit 15 (Lafayette). Take Route 20 east to Cazenovia. Turn left onto Route 20 east. Continue to first traffic light and bear left following Route 20. At next light, turn right onto Albany Street. At the first stop light, turn left onto Lincklaen Street. Go two blocks and turn left onto Nickerson Street. Make first right onto Liberty Street. The Athletic Complex and visitor parking are at the end of Liberty Street. (Number 23 on Campus Map)

 

Surprise Your Graduate with Flowers 

Families are invited to pre-order flowers and/or a commemorative t-shirt to be picked up on site the day of Commencement. To pre-order go to www.thecommencementgroup.com/cazenovia-college/

Flowers and t-shirts will also be available for purchase at Commencement.  

 
Order Photos of Commencement

After the ceremony, graduates may purchase photos taken by professional photographers from GradImages. Photos include graduates receiving their diplomas, as well as candids of the entire ceremony. Graduates will receive detailed information from GradImages at their home address, and their Cazenovia College email address, about how to order Commencement photos.