Parents & Families

December Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


This is an exciting time of year – final exams, semester break, gatherings of friends and families, and opportunities to relax and reenergize. I hope you and your students enjoy this time between semesters.

At SUNY Cobleskill, some of our students are especially excited to be spending 11 days in January exploring Ecuador's Galapagos Islands through a faculty-led study abroad course. Others who have their sights on a wildlife management international experience will be completing their applications in January for a summer course in South Africa. This is a perfect time to talk about international study trips during future semesters. Explore possibilities here >

I remember spending time with my sons during their college winter breaks. Not only did we have time to share stories, visit with friends, and have fun together, but we also spent time reflecting on the semester and planning for the upcoming term. Consider setting aside time to talk with your students about what went well during the semester, how college is different from high school, what challenges they overcame, how they keep up with course readings and assignments, what courses they are taking in the spring semester, how often they meet with their advisors, who their new friends are, and what activities they are participating in outside of classes. You may find that these conversations will provide a great base for further chats during the spring semester.

The faculty and staff wish you a joyous and safe winter break and holiday season. Working with your students is a real privilege, and we look forward to their return in January.


Warm regards,

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Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




December News



A Message from the Registrar's Office


Happy Holidays!


Information & Reminders:


Please make sure after your bill is paid that your student completes the web check-in for Spring 2015.  This allows them to review and print their official schedules prior to arrival in January.


If your students is graduating this December 2014, they will be invited to participate in our May Commencement.  More information on the ceremony will be forth coming from the Office of Events.


Students expecting to graduate in May should have already submitted their graduation application.  If they have not done so, there is still time and we encourage them to get their application in ASAP.  We will not be able to accept graduation applications after January 16th since it will not allow adequate time to complete a preliminary audit of the students’ academic record prior to the start of the spring semester.  Doing the preliminary audit ensures students are registered for what they need to complete their degree prior to the beginning of the spring semester.


The applications are found on the Registrar’s webpage.  The graduation application must include a copy of the students Degree Works Audit, the application must be signed by the advisor and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. 


Important Dates:


Final grades will be viewable for students on December 19, 2014 at 8 am.  If the student has a hold they will not be able to view grades until the hold is resolved.  They can find the holds on banner web. 


If the student receives a grade of “NP” this means that the grade has not yet been posted by the instructor.  Students may wish to contact their instructor to determine why a grade has not been submitted.


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Notes from the Student Accounts Office


In our continuing effort to assist the families of our students, SUNY Cobleskill offers a semester Monthly Payment Plan (MPP) as an alternative to standard payment arrangements.


The MPP enables families to pay semester college billed expenses in regular monthly payments. The MPP allows families to determine how much of the semester tuition, room and board, and fees they may want to pay in equal monthly installments. This will afford families the ability to budget costs to best fit their individual needs. Sign up soon as the plan runs November through March for Spring semester.


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Notes from Residential Life


Residence Halls close for the December/January Intersession on Saturday, December 13 at 10am.  Students are asked to leave 24 hours after their last academic experience for the break.  Please speak with your son or daughter to make arrangements for their travel home. 


Students may leave belongings in their room during the break but they will not have access to their building or room until they return in January. The department advises students to bring home valuables, electronics, and medications they may need during the break.  Students should remember to bring their key and CobyCard home with them as well.


Residence halls will re-open for continuing students on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  Information will be shared with continuing students via email during the intersession.


Student Success Story 

Student Success Story


SUNY Cobleskill student, Mackenah Simmons, received the ACT Scholarship for Excellence and Student Initiative as she possesses a passion for community engagement, and takes her leadership responsibilities very seriously. For the full story, please continue reading > 




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