May 12, 2018


138th ACPHS Commencement
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

The event will be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY (see address below). The venue is approximately 45 minutes north of the Albany Campus and 2 1/2 hours south of the Vermont Campus.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

11:30 am - Venue Opens
1:00 pm - Ceremony Begins
3:30 pm - Estimated End Time of Ceremony

A reception for students, families, and friends will be held immediately following the graduation ceremony on the SPAC grounds.

What you should know about Commencement

Congratulations Graduates and Families! The 138th Commencement of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, New York. This is the third year that both our New York and Vermont campuses will be celebrating graduation together.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Patty Tompkins, Events Manager, at 518.694.7123 or

Graduate Commencement Status

If you have any questions about your academic status, please contact Jeff Dufour, Registrar, by email at

When to Arrive at Commencement

Graduates are expected to arrive at SPAC by 11:30 a.m.

Guests will also be able to enter SPAC at 11:30 a.m.

Where to Report When Arriving to Venue

Graduates should report in full regalia to the Large Rehearsal Room. Commencement staff will be available to assist you.

Administration, Faculty and Staff should report in full regalia to the Small Rehearsal Room.

Tickets and Seating (Handicap Accessible)

There are no tickets distributed. Seating is General Admission (first come, first-served) and there is ample seating available for everyone.

Special Services and Accommodation for Physical Impairment

Saratoga Performing Arts Center facilities meet federal accessibility guidelines for individuals with disabilities. Please direct requests and questions about accommodations to Patty Tompkins, Events Manager, at 518.694.7123 or

*COURTESY CART is available for those who are mobility impaired and have requested special services. If using the courtesy cart service, please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. Due to the number of people requiring transportation, the only riders should be those who require the service.

Carts are not allowed in the parking lots. Riders will be picked up at the edge of lots. If you have a guest that needs special accommodations due to mobility issues, please contact Patty Tompkins to make arrangements. Please know the gate through which you entered: Route 50 (main gate) or Patrons Lot/Hall of Springs. Please be patient. It takes time to transport all the guests.

Outdoor Venue

Please keep in mind that, while seats are under an amphitheater, SPAC is an outdoor venue. Inclement weather should be considered.

Food Concessions

Concession stands will be open for purchase of snacks and drinks.

Length of Ceremony

Commencement will run approximately 2.5 hours.


Graduates are expected to dress professionally and be in full regalia for Commencement.

Ordering Regalia (Cap and Gown) and Announcements

An e-mail with detailed instructions will be sent to Graduates directly from the Bookstore. Order deadline is March 24, 2018.

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer will be on hand during Commencement. Photos will be available for viewing on this page following the ceremony and also for purchase at a later date.

Flower Sales

Phi Delta Chi fraternity will sell flower bouquets of varying sizes for gift purchases. Proceeds from the flower sales will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Post Commencement Reception

Following the commencement proceedings, a reception will take place on the grounds at SPAC. All graduates and guests are invited to attend.

Stay Connected

ACPHS is proud to welcome the Class of 2018 into the alumni community. If you have any questions regarding alumni activities, benefits, events, opportunities and ways to stay connected and support ACPHS, please email


Members of the Class of 2018
Bachelor's Graduates
Master's Graduates
Pharm.D. Graduates