Commencement 2016

127th Commencement
Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Rehearsal

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Commencement rehearsal will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House. At that time, you will be directed to an assigned seating area. Participants also will receive instructions for the recessional to the school ceremony location, where rehearsal for the individual recognition ceremonies will take place.

It is extremely important for all graduates to participate in these Commencement Rehearsals.

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.

Commencement Ceremony (Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House)

The college will hold three identical commencement ceremonies at 9 am, 11 am and 2:30 pm in the Dewar Arena at the Alumni Field House. School ceremonies follow each of these ceremonies and a student’s major will determine which ceremony to attend.

Schedule


 

9:00 a.m. Ceremony

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

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

Schedule:

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 go directly to their school ceremony, where they will receive individual recognition:

Arts & Humanities – PE Chase Gymnasium
Direct questions to Jennifer Regg at (607) 436-2520.

Natural & Mathematical Sciences – Hunt Union Ballroom
Direct questions to Cindy Magee (607) 436-2125.

 
 

11:00 a.m. Ceremony

School of Social Science

  • Africana & Latino Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Science
  • Gerontology Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • History Museum Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • International Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Schedule:

10:30 a.m.
Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

11:00 a.m.
Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students will stay in the Dewar Arena for their school ceremony, where they will receive individual recognition.

Direct questions to Kelly Spettel at (607) 436-3488.

 
 

2:30 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:

2:00 p.m.
Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

2:30 p.m.
Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students will go directly to their school ceremony, where they will receive individual recognition:

Economics & Business – Hunt Union Ballroom
Direct questions to Margaret Monaco at (607) 436-3458.

Education & Human Ecology – stay in the Alumni Fieldhouse
Direct questions to Sherry Wildenstein (607) 436-2541.

 

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.

Undergraduate Candidates
Pre-order your cap and gown online today. The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  After this date the purchase of a cap and gown are on a first come, first serve basis at the Red Dragon Outfitters beginning on Monday, May 9, 2016. Sizes are limited.  Your package will include a cap, gown, tassel, collar (for women), and diploma cover $49.50 plus tax.  You may pick up your regalia at the Red Dragon Outfitters beginning, Monday, May 9, 2016.  Payment is due when you pick up your cap and gown at the Red Dragon Outfitters. 

Graduate Candidates
Pre-order your cap and gown online today. The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  After this date call the Red Dragon Outfitters, (607) 436-3330, to place your order.  There will be an additional shipping charge for late orders.  Your package will include a cap, gown, tassel and hood for $74.50 plus tax.  You may pick up your regalia at the Red Dragon Outfitters beginning Monday, May 9, 2016.  Payment is due when you pick up your cap and gown at the Red Dragon Outfitters. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Candidates
If you need your cap and gown shipped to you, please contact the Red Dragon Outfitters at  (607) 436-3330 to make arrangements.  There is an additional fee for shipping. 

Faculty
Pre-order your cap and gown rental online.  The deadline is Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  After this date call the Red Dragon Outfitters, (607) 436-3330, to place your order.  There will be an additional shipping charge for late orders.  Faculty who wish to purchase regalia should come to the Red Dragon Outfitters to place your order by Monday, March 14, 2016.

Guest Tickets

All candidates must notify the Registrar’s Office of their intent to participate in the graduation ceremony by April 8.

Commencement Ceremony
Four guest tickets will be issued to all May 2016 and August 2016 degree candidates who have filed a diploma application and who have indicated to the Registrar’s Office of their intent to participate in the ceremony. Four tickets will also be issued to August 2015 and December 2015 degree recipients. These tickets permit entry only to the commencement ceremony in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House. Students who have not submitted a diploma application will not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Non-ticketholders will be able to view the commencement and school ceremonies via Live Stream in the Instructional Resources Center.

School Ceremonies
Four guest tickets will be issued to school ceremony participants. These tickets differ from commencement ceremony tickets and will permit entry only to the school ceremony associated with the participant's major.

Eligible students may pick up commencement tickets in the main lobby of the Hunt College Union, starting on Wednesday, May 11th to Friday, May 13th from 10 am to 5 pm.

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 for any of the ceremonies; however, non-ticketholders will be able to view the primary commencement ceremonies by Live Stream in air conditioned family-friendly rooms. Viewing rooms for all school ceremonies are located in the Instructional Resources Center. In addition, families of students in the schools of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Economics and Business may view their respective ceremonies in the Hunt Union Waterfront Café.

Refreshments

Light refreshments will be served in the main campus quad (located behind Netzer Administration Building) before the 9:00 a.m. ceremony, compliments of Oneonta Auxiliary Services. Refreshments will also be served immediately following each school ceremony. 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 and merchandise will be available for sale in two locations on Commencement day. Shop from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Hunt Union and outside the Alumni Field House from 8 a.m. - 2:30 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 at a primary or school ceremony, call Barbara Brent at (607) 436-2491 before May 6. 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 school ceremony. The firm will contact the graduates' families by mail after the ceremony. Guests are requested to refrain from taking photos or videos at locations that might disrupt the progress of any of the ceremonies.

Alcohol and Smoking

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

Campus Parking Map

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Last Modified on January 6, 2016