To be eligible for Commencement tickets, students should first apply to graduate using myRedDragon by March 1.
Students will receive four (4) guest tickets and one (1) student line-up ticket for either the 9:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. ceremony. The first opportunity for students to receive their tickets and select the ceremony of their choice is at "Grad Finale" on Thursday, March 21. Students who are unable to attend Grad Finale may obtain tickets at the College Store during regular business hours.
If a student has not applied for a degree, he or she may still attend Grad Finale and apply to graduate there, though there is no guarantee that the student's name will appear in the program.
Student Line-Up Ticket
The student line up ticket allows entry into the Corey Gymnasium, located in the Park Center. Once inside the Corey Gymnasium, the ticket permits students access to the check-in area, which is set up alphabetically by last name. The student lineup ticket will be the top ticket in the bundle. Please do not dispose of this ticket.
Each student will receive a 3" x 5" card with his/her first and last name. After receiving the name card, students will choose a row to line up in the Corey Gymnasium (students can choose row 1-8 and may line up with friends). Students remain in these rows as they process into the Park Center Alumni Arena for the ceremony.
The seating at Alumni Arena is limited, and the College cannot risk having more people in the arena than is allowed by fire and safety codes. SUNY Cortland does all it can to accommodate students so they can bring as many guests as possible - we have two ceremonies for that reason. In addition, we consistently allow more guest tickets than other SUNY schools.
Tickets are not required for children age 5 and below.
Obtaining Extra Tickets
To obtain additional tickets, we encourage students to ask friends, roommates and classmates for tickets that they are not using. The College does not have any additional tickets available.
Guests who do not have a ticket may view the ceremony via live video feed in one of three overflow locations which will be set-up in Park Center.
Tickets for Students Not on Campus
Students not on campus during the spring semester due to student teaching, study abroad, internships or other circumstances, may obtain tickets by completing the Ticket, Cap and Gown Form (PDF) and submitting it to College Store.
The College Store will not mail tickets. Students must pick them up at the College Store prior to the Commencement ceremonies. Students unable to pick up their tickets must send someone to the College Store with a letter authorizing that person to pick them up. That person must produce a photo ID before the tickets are released.
Students unable to designate someone to pick up tickets prior to the ceremony should contact the College Store to place the order on hold. The College Store offers extended business hours to accommodate students who need to pick up their tickets the day of the ceremony.
College Store Hours
Monday - 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday - 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a..m.-3 p.m.
Students who have registered for one ceremony, but would like to switch to the other ceremony may exchange their tickets at the College Store provided that all of the original tickets are returned.
Please note that Commencement is a formal ceremony and cap, gown, tassel, and diploma covers are required for participation. If you are planning to borrow a cap and gown, the diploma cover must be purchased in order to receive Commencement tickets.