SUNY Cortland has only one Commencement ceremony annually. The May 2018 ceremonies honor students who complete their degree requirements in May 2018, August 2018 and December 2018. It is possible to still have a degree in process while participating in the ceremony, if you can show you will graduate in August or December. Students who graduate in Fall 2017 or Winter 2018, must notify the Registrar of their intention to participate in the May 2018 ceremony to be included in the program by using the Prior Year Graduate Participation Petition, available in the Registrar's Office.
All ceremonies are located in the Park Center Alumni Arena. Commencement takes place on Saturday, May 12. Graduates have their choice of attending either the morning, afternoon or evening ceremony:
The doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony for guests.
The processions will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The length of the ceremony is approximately two and half hours.
Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony, 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony and 6 p.m. for the night 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.
Light refreshments, flowers for graduates and gift merchandise will be sold at the concession. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Commencement.
Light refreshments are available at the receptions, which will be held:
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 items will be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m outside of the Corey Gymnasium. Flower arrangements include bouquets of half dozen and full dozen roses, as well as open presentation. A wide variety of commencement related gifts including diploma frames will be available as well. The College Store, located in Neubig Hall, will also be open for additional purchases from 8 a.m.-7 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 an accessibility request need to arrange their accommodations by filling out the online registration form. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the special events coordinator at 607-753-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Please submit all requests for accommodations by Friday, April 27, 2018 so that proper arrangements can be made.
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.
SUNY Cortland is 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 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.