Commencement: May 17, 2014

Rehearsal

Commencement rehearsal will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 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.

Commencement Ceremony (Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House)

The college will hold three commencement ceremonies, in the Dewar Arena at the Alumni Field House. The first ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. The second ceremony will begin at noon. The third ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. The three ceremonies will be identical. School ceremonies will follow each. A student's major will determine which ceremony to attend.

Schedule

 

9:30 a.m. Ceremony

School of Economics & Business

  • Business Economics
  • Economics
  • Professional Accounting

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:

9 a.m.
Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

9:30 a.m.
Commencement will begin.

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

Economics & Business – Goodrich Theatre

Arts & Humanities – PE Chase Gymnasium

Natural & Mathematical Sciences – Hunt Union Ballroom

 
 

Noon Ceremony

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:

11:30 a.m.
Students must be seated in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

12 p.m.
Commencement will begin.

After Commencement
Students go directly to school ceremony located in the PE Chase Gymnasium, where they will receive individual recognition

 
 

2:30 p.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:

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

 

Caps and Gowns

It is the responsibility of each student to procure a cap and gown. Proper academic regalia is required to participate in commencement.

Undergraduates (BS, BA)

Pre-order your cap and gown online today. The deadline for ordering is Thursday, April 9, 2015. 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 4th. 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 4th. Payment is due when you pick up your cap and gown at the Red Dragon Outfitters.

Graduates (MS, MSED, MST, MA, CAS)
Pre-order your cap and gown online today. The deadline for ordering is Thursday, March 26, 2015. 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 4th. Payment is due when you pick up your cap and gown at the Red Dragon Outfitters.

Undergraduates and Graduates:
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
Faculty who wish to purchase regalia should come to the Red Dragon Bookstore to place your order by Thursday, March 12, 2015. If you would like to rent regalia, the ordering deadline is Thursday, March 26th. Orders placed after March 26, 2015 will incur additional shipping fees.

Guest Tickets

All candidates must notify the Registrar’s Office of their intent to participate in the graduation ceremony by April 17.

Commencement Ceremony
Four guest tickets will be issued to all May 2015 and August 2015 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 2014 and December 2014 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 closed circuit television in the Instructional Resources Center and on Channel 74 of the campus broadcast system.

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 at the Registrar’s Office on May 12 and 13 from 12-4 p.m. and on May 14 and 15 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students must present a picture ID to pick up tickets.

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 on Channel 74 of the campus broadcast system and in air conditioned family-friendly rooms via closed circuit television.  Viewing rooms are located in the Instructional Resources Center.

Refreshments

Light refreshments will be served in the main campus quad (located behind Netzer Administration Building) before the 9:30 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 8 a.m.-4 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 8:30 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 13. 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

Last Modified on January 9, 2015