128th Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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REHEARSAL

Grad HQ
(Tickets and more in one location)

Students are required to participate in their academic school rehearsal on Friday, May 12, in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

11 a.m. – School of Social Science (Please be seated in the arena between 10:30-11 a.m.)

12:30 p.m. – School of Arts and Humanities & School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (Please be seated in the arena between 12-12:30 p.m.)

2 p.m. – School of Education and Human Ecology & School of Economics and Business (Please be seated in the arena between 1:30-2 p.m.)

Live Stream of Commencement Ceremonies

A live webcast will be available online during each ceremony, beginning ten minutes prior to the start time of each ceremony.

9:00 a.m. - School of Social Science

1:00 p.m. - School of Arts & Humanities and School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

4:00 p.m. - School of Economics & Business and School of Education & Human Ecology

Commencement Overview


Commencement Ceremony

The college will hold 90 minute commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Dewar Arena at the Alumni Field House. Students may attend one ceremony based on their academic major.

Schedule

9:00 a.m. Ceremony

School of Social Science

  • Africana & Latino Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Gerontology Studies
  • Geography

 

  • History
  • History Museum Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • International Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Doors will open.

8:30 a.m. Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

9:00 a.m. Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students will be led by a faculty member directly to their reception in the academic quad. Students with dual majors are welcome to attend two receptions.

 

1:00 p.m. Ceremony

School of Arts & Humanities

  • Art
  • Computer Art
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Music Industry
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre

School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Lake Management
  • Meteorology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Schedule:

12:00 p.m. Doors will open.

12:30 p.m. Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

1:00 p.m. Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students will be led by a faculty member directly to their reception in the academic quad. Students with dual majors are welcome to attend two receptions.

 

4:00 p.m. Ceremony

School of Economics & Business

  • Business Economics
  • Economics
  • Professional Accounting

School of Education & Human Ecology

  • Adolescence Education
  • Childhood Education
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Technology Specialist
  • Family and Consumer Science Education
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Food Service & Restaurant Administration
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Human Ecology
  • Literacy Education
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • School Counselor
  • Special Education

Schedule:

3:00 p.m. Doors will open.

3:30 p.m. Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

4:00 p.m. Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students will be led by a faculty member directly to their reception in the academic quad. Students with dual majors are welcome to attend two receptions.

 

Graduation Head Quarters

Graduation Head Quarters, or “GradHQ”, encompasses the convenience of everything you need to prepare for Commencement in one physical space. GradHQ is a space of celebration for all that you have accomplished and all that you have ahead, and features music, giveaways and a SUNY Oneonta photo screen!

On Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day, graduating students can stop by the International Lounge on the first floor of Hunt College Union to take care of the following graduation-related items:

  1. Bring your photo ID to pick up your four tickets for your Commencement ceremony.
  2. Contribute $20.17 to the Senior Class gift (benefiting the Fund for Oneonta) and get your cords. Forms of payment accepted include cash, check, Dragon Dollars, or you can may use your debit/credit card for an in-person or an online payment at http://www.oneontaalumni.com/2017
  3. Get all the details about the First Destination Survey and a free pin to wear on your graduation robe. Jump in front of the photo screen and #PinUrPath on social media. 
  4. Pick up your cap and gown at Red Dragon Outfitters. All forms of payment are accepted. Order your class ring from Jostens if desired.

We are celebrating you at GradHQ!

Caps and Gowns

It is the responsibility of each student to arrange for purchase and delivery of caps and gowns. Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.

Customer Package Contents and Cost Order Deadline
Undergraduate Student Purchase includes cap, gown, and tassel

$49.50 + tax
Wednesday, April 12th
Graduate Student Purchase includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood

$74.50 + tax
Wednesday, April 12th
Faculty Rental may include cap, gown, and hood

Master - $59.99 + tax
Doctor - $79.99 + tax

Wednesday, April 12th

Purchase may include cap, gown, and hood

Master - $296-$500 + tax
Doctor - $600-$1600 + tax
Wednesday, March 15*

* Must be done in person, at Red Dragon Outfitters

Pickup for all orders begins Monday, May 8 at Red Dragon Outfitters. Direct shipping is available for an additional fee. Payment may be made with cash, credit card, or dragon dollars.

GUEST TICKETS

All candidates must notify the Registrar’s Office of their intent to participate in the commencement ceremony by April 7

Four guest tickets will be issued to candidates who have filed a diploma application. Students who have not submitted a diploma application will not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Eligible students may pick up commencement tickets in the main lobby of the Hunt College Union, starting on Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students on internships, doing student teaching, or on leaves of absence may send someone with a letter authorizing that person to pick up tickets for them. The authorized person must present a picture ID.

Due to seating limitations, extra tickets are not available; however, non-ticketholders may view the commencement ceremony by Live Stream in air conditioned family-friendly rooms in the Instructional Resource Center (IRC).

ON CAMPUS LODGING AVAILABLE

The Morris Conference Center has residence hall style lodging rooms available for commencement guest. Our rooms are clean and spacious, with two twin beds per room. We also have a limited number of rooms with one full size bed and rooms for triple occupancy, which has one full size bed and one twin. There are 8-10 rooms per corridor, with a large, single gender bathroom and private shower. Rates per night are $50 single; $65 double; $75 triple. Please contact the Morris Conference Center at (607)436-2079 for availability or questions

REFRESHMENTS

Light refreshments will be served in the main campus quad (located behind Netzer Administration Building) after ceremony, compliments of Oneonta Auxiliary Services. Refreshments will be on sale at Starbucks in the Hunt College Union from 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

SPECIAL HOURS AT THE RED DRAGON OUTFITTERS

Flowers & merchandise will be available for sale on Commencement day outside the Alumni Field House from 8 a.m. – 4:00pm.
The Red Dragon Outfitters in the Hunt Union will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

PARKING, TRAFFIC, AND SHUTTLE VANS (SEE CAMPUS MAP BELOW)

Visitors should utilize the West Street Entrances to campus. University Police officers will be posted to direct visitors to the nearest available parking areas. Shuttle vans will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. to transport visitors to and from all parking areas.

GUESTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Special parking and seating locations will be available to ticketholders with disabilities. Closed-captioning of the primary ceremonies will be available for the hearing-impaired. For special accommodations, call Barbara Brent at (607) 436-2491 before May 5. No special parking permits will be issued after this date.

PHOTOGRAPHS

A professional photography firm will offer special portrait packages of each graduate, taken at the ceremony. The firm will contact the graduates’ families by mail after the ceremony. Visitors are respectfully requested to remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony. Guests may take photos and videos from their seats using a zoom lens but should refrain from taking photos or videos at other locations, as this will disrupt the ceremony.

ALCOHOL AND SMOKING

The use of alcohol and smoking are prohibited at all commencement activities and ceremonies.

Campus Parking Map

Outcomes Survey BadgeThe 2017 First Destination Survey

What’s your next stop after SUNY Oneonta? Are you going to graduate school? Starting a job? Joining the military? Share your story; tell us about your next stop by completing the First Destination Survey! Near the time of graduation, you will receive an email from The Outcomes Survey inviting you to take five minutes and complete the first destination survey.

Learn more about the First Destination Survey and explore recent graduates’ next stops at www.oneonta.edu/firstdestination.

Last Modified on 3-23-2017