Colgate University Parent and Family Newsletter

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Parents and Family Newsletter

Welcome to Colgate’s new e-newsletter for parents and family members of current students, sharing timely articles that inform and help you support your students in their educational journey and success.

My goal is to help parents and family members to make the most of their roles in their students’ college experience. I’ve been at Colgate for 23 years, and am looking forward to applying my institutional knowledge to supporting you as we work to educate students. I admire the great engagement and support I’ve already seen from parents and family members in the community.

Every story lives on the Parent and Family Updates blog, so if you misplace your e-newsletter, you can find them there.

Another new resource is the Parent and Family Resources page, which serves as a portal to commonly sought information.

Your input on what kinds of information and resources can be most helpful to you as Colgate parents and family members is valuable. I am also a first point of contact if you are not sure who on campus to contact about a particular matter. Feel free to reach out to me at

I hope your students are having an exciting and fruitful academic year!

Rebecca Downing
Senior Director of Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parents at a Family Weekend event.

Success on Campus

New Family Orientation and Welcome

On August 25, Colgate welcomed the Class of 2023 and their families to campus for first-year arrival day. For those family members who couldn’t attend, we’ve made the day’s sessions available via video.

Encouraging a Successful Year

College is an exciting time for many reasons, for both students and their families. It can also be overwhelming. Following these guidelines will help your student succeed and grow.

Coming Up in Career Services Fall 2019

Four tips to help your student make the most of career services this semester.

Fall 2019 Dining News

What’s new in dining at Colgate, from the café in Case Library to menu options and features at Frank, the Coop, and Donovan’s Pub.

Portrait of Paul J. McLoughlin II.


Q&A: Living-Learning Communities Build Strong Foundations

Paul J. McLoughlin II, Colgate’s vice president and dean of the college, shares the goals and philosophy of the Residential Commons system.



A Picture-Perfect Family Weekend
View scenes of the weekend and watch President Brian W. Casey’s presentation and the a cappella concert.

Meet the Dogs of Colgate
Students enjoyed a bit of “fur therapy” on the first day of classes.


Important To-Dos and Dates

October 16–28: Off-Campus Housing Selection Process (juniors, for senior-year housing); student notification at the beginning of December

October 9: Deadline to sign up to host a student for A Day in the Life job shadowing

First week in December: Spring semester bills will be sent from Student Accounts; payment due January 10, 2020

May 15–17, 2020: Commencement Weekend

  • Friday 5:30–7:30 p.m.: Family BBQ
  • Saturday 3:30–4:30 p.m.: Baccalaureate service
  • Sunday at 10:30 a.m.: Commencement ceremony



Your Input

We’d like to know how you would prefer to receive information from Colgate



How to reach us
Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parent and family resources

For urgent concerns
→ Concern about a student’s well-being
→ Campus safety Emergency: 1-315-228-7333

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