Photography is permitted for all ceremonies. However, guests are asked to avoid blocking the view of others. This applies to the university's video services and other media is stationed in various locations. 

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 GradImages™ to take a photograph of each graduate as they walk across the stage. Within five to seven days after the ceremony, GradImages™ will send proofs to each graduate's email 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 photos taken during Commencement are provided below. All students will have a photo taken of them shaking the president's hand (Photo #1 below), receiving 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. 

If you would like to order prints after Commencement, follow the instructions below:

Your photos will be available to view and order by visiting their website at GradImages.

Simply enter your last name and SUNY Cortland as your school.

If you need additional help to locate your photos, call their customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email GradImages.

Photo Samples

 Photo #1: With President Bitterbaum
Graduate student bumping elbows with President Bitterbaum

Photo #2:  Receiving your diploma from the dean

Graduate student bumping elbows with dean

Photo #3: Formal shot with your diploma cover 
All students will have this photo taken after completely crossing the stage. Students will be able to remove their face covering for this photo.

Headshot with Diploma Cover

Graduate students will also have photos taken of the Hooding Ceremony. Sample images are provided below.

Graduate Student Hooding Ceremony Sample


Graduate Student With Hood