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.
9:30 a.m. Ceremony
Direct questions to Janice Smith at (607) 436-2541.
2:30 p.m. Ceremony
Direct questions to Kelly Spettel at (607) 436-3488.
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)
Undergraduates and Graduates:
All candidates must notify the Registrar’s Office of their intent to participate in the graduation ceremony by April 17.
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.
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.
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.-4 p.m. at the Hunt Union and outside the Alumni Field House from 8 a.m. until 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 8:30 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.
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.
Last Modified on January 9, 2015