FAQs for Undergraduate Guests
Participation and Ceremony Information
Who may participate?
The May ceremonies will honor students who complete their degree requirements in May, August and December 2015. Students who completed their degree requirements in December 2014 may also participate if they have disclosed their intent with the Registrar’s Office. There is no fall ceremony for August or December graduates.
When and where are the ceremonies?
All ceremonies are located in the Park Center, Alumni Arena. Commencement takes place on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Graduates have their choice of attending either the morning or afternoon ceremony:
- Bachelor's Degree Ceremony 1: 6:30 p.m. (Friday)
- Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony 2: 9:30 a.m. (Saturday)
- Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony 3: 2:30 p.m. (Saturday)
The doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony.
How long will the ceremony last?
The processions will begin promptly at 6:30p.m., 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The length of the ceremony is approximately two and half hours.
When and where can guests be seated for the ceremonies?
Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. for the evening ceremony, 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. All guests must have a ticket.
Please note, the tickets will be scanned at the entrance. If you attempt to re-use a ticket you will be placed in the overflow seating area. All seating with the exception of disability seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will refreshments be available for guests?
Light refreshments, flowers for graduates and gift merchandise will be sold at the concession. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Commencement.
The College hosts one reception for all graduates, timing TBD. Light refreshments are available at the reception.
An ambulance will be stationed inside the Park Center Alumni Arena.
In case of an emergency, flag a marshal, student usher or a university police officer and proceed to the nearest exit in an orderly manner.
Flowers and Commencement-Related Gifts
Flowers and Commencement-related items will be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Flower arrangements include bouquets of half dozen and full dozen roses, as well as open presentation. Cameras, batteries, diploma frames, class rings, watercolor prints of the campus and other Commencement gift items will be available as well. The College Store, located in Neubig Hall, will also be open for additional purchases from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Faculty and staff marshals, student ushers and university police officers are available at all times for assistance and information. Faculty and staff marshals will be wearing Commencement regalia, the student ushers will be in polo shirts and khaki pants, and university police officers will be in full uniform.
Students or guests with a mobility impairment, hearing impairment and/or mobility impaired parking request need to arrange their needs by filling out the online registration form that will come out the week December 1, 2014. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the special events coordinator for the President's Office at 607-753-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Please submit ALL requests for accommodations by Monday April 27, so that proper arrangements can be made.
Lost and Found
For lost and found items, contact the University Police Department, Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17, 607-753-4123.
Official Commencement programs will be distributed at the entrances to the Park Center Alumni Arena. All eligible graduates who apply for their degree by March 1 will have their name listed in the program.
Restrooms are located throughout the Park Center Alumni Arena.
Effective January 1, 2013, SUNY Cortland became a Tobacco Free Campus. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside campus buildings or on campus grounds.
Emergency phones are located throughout the entire campus and are identified by blue lights above the phones. University police are equipped for emergency communication as well. Guests are reminded to turn off all cell phones and any other electronic devices during the ceremony.
In order to adhere to the Fire and Safety Code, every guest attending the Commencement ceremonies must have a guest ticket. Each student will receive four (4) guest tickets.
Students will receive one student line-up ticket. They should not dispose of the student line-up ticket as they will need this ticket to participate in the Commencement ceremony.