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Class of 2020 "Welcome Back" Commencement Celebration

Class of 2020 Welcome Back Commencement Celebration

We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2020 back on campus on Sunday, May 15, 2022.  

Reunite with your fellow Red Dragons for a Commencement ceremony, reception, alumni celebration and more!

As part of the Commencement ceremony, you will have the opportunity to cross the stage, hear your name read and celebrate your hard-earned accomplishments in person.  Registration is available now through Monday, April 25, 2022.  Select the button below to register:

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SUNY Cortland's Class of 2020 Welcome Back Celebration consists of the following three elements:

Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 15, 2022
Park Center Alumni Arena
11 a.m.

All undergraduates and graduates who are part of the Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to cross the stage, hear their name read and celebrate their hard-earned accomplishments in person.  

Details on how to sign up will be shared via email with those who graduated as part of the Class of 2020.

Red Dragon Reception 

All participants are invited to attend a reception in the Corey Gymnasium within Park Center immediately following the ceremony.  We anticipate the reception to begin at approximately 1 p.m.  

Class of 2020 Happy Hour

Saturday, May 14, 2022
5 to 8 p.m.

Lynne Parks '68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House
29 Tompkins Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Toast to your accomplishments with your fellow Red Dragon alumni at the Class of 2020 Happy Hour sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association. 

  • This event is free for members of the Class of 2020 and grads will receive a complimentary drink from the Alumni Association. Tickets are available for purchase for guests.
  • Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will also be available.
  • Members of the Class of 2020 will also receive free giveaways and be entered into a raffle.

Undergraduate and Graduate FAQs

What is the Class of 2020 Welcome Back Commencement Celebration?

The Class of 2020 Welcome Back Celebration is a three-part event that encourages all who identify as part of the Class of 2020 to gather back on campus to celebrate their achievements on May 14 and 15, 2022.

The following activities have been planned in celebration of the Class of 2020:

  1. Class of 2020 In-Person Commencement Ceremony
  2. Red Dragon Reception
  3. Alumni Happy Hour sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association

Who is eligible?

All graduates, including both undergraduates and graduates, of the Class of 2020 are encouraged to participate.  

What time is the on-campus Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

How do I sign up to participate?

Register now through April 25, 2022.

What COVID-19 testing and prevention measures do I need to comply with to participate?

Participation requirements for events will align with guidelines provided by SUNY Cortland and the New York Department of Health.  Please visit the SUNY Cortland COVID-19 Safety Information page for the latest health and safety details required to participate.

What is the dress code?

Commencement is a formal ceremony, so please dress accordingly. We encourage alumni to wear their cap and gown.

Business professional or formal attire is recommended, which may include a dress or skirt, dress slacks, a button-down shirt, suit or a tie..

Will guests be allowed to attend?

Guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony and do not need a ticket to attend.  The event also will be available to watch remotely via live stream. A link will be shared in May 2022, once available.

How can I purchase my cap, gown, diploma cover and tassel?

You can order your cap, gown, diploma cover and tassel at any time via The Campus Store webpage. All orders will be fulfilled through The Campus Store.  Cap and gown are not required to participate.

Phone: 607-753-4621
Fax: 607-753-5734

Whom can I contact with additional questions?

For any additional questions, please email Special Events for the President.