Photography is permitted in the Park Center Alumni Arena for all ceremonies. However, to avoid blocking the view of others, guests are asked not to approach the stage area. This applies to the balcony section above the stage as well, as the College's video services and other media is stationed here.
Please note that once the singing of the Alma Mater begins, all aisles must be cleared as required by the fire and safety code and guests should return to their seats.
SUNY Cortland has contracted with Grad Images (TM) to take a photograph of each graduate as they walk across the stage. Within five to seven days after the ceremony, Grad Images (TM) will send proofs to each graduate's e-mail address and/or home mailing address. Students are under no obligation to purchase additional prints. SUNY Cortland does not benefit financially from this arrangement. It is provided as a service to the graduates and their families.
Samples of the photos taken during Commencement are provided below. All students will have a photo taken of them shaking the President's hand (Photo #1 below), receving their diploma cover from the Dean (Photo #2 below) and a headshot with their diploma cover (Photo #3 below). The direction of the picture will vary depending on the side of the stage that the student enters.
For additional information regarding the photography service, please visit www.gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.
Photo #1: Shaking hands with the President
(Students in Undergraduate lines #5 - 8 or Graduate students from the School of Education will come from the right ramp, as shown in this photo.)
Photo #2: Receiving your diploma from the Dean.
(Students in Undergraduate lines #1 - 4 or Graduate students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences and
Professional Studies will come from the left side of the stage, as shown in this photo.)
Photo #3: Formal shot with your diploma cover.
All students will have this photo taken after completely crossing the stage.
Graduate Students will also have photos taken of the Hooding Ceremony. Sample images are provided below.