Commencement

Commencement 2018 Information

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Updated: November 6, 2017

This page should answer all of your Commencement weekend questions, however, if at anytime you have questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us. Additional information will be added to the page in January 2018.  Please review additional important details at that time.


Sharon Huard
Associate Dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs
huards@upstate.edu
(315) 464-8855

Chuck Simpson
Director of Campus Activities and Special Projects
simpsonc@upstate.edu
(315) 464-5618


Commencement Weekend 2018 Events and Ceremonies

A "Save The Date" postcard will go out to all graduating students and their family members in early December.  A more detailed invitation postcard will go out in early spring. 

Cap and Gown Pick-Up
Thursday and Friday, May 17 & 18: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, May 20: opening at 8am
Room 115, Campus Activities Building
Please note that no caps and gowns will be available for pickup at the Oncenter on Commencement Day.  If you are unable to pick up your attire, a friend or family member is welcome to pick it up for you.  Caps and Gowns are returned immediately following the ceremony at the Campus Activities Building.

Pre-Commencement Dessert Reception
Saturday, May 19; 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Tiffany Ballroom, Genesee Grande Hotel External Icon
Desserts, cash bar and live music!  Come by after dinner and socialize with family, friends and fellow graduates!

College of Health Professions Commencement
Sunday, May 20; 9:00am
Crouse Hinds Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter External Icon
Doors will open at 8:30am. Students will line up at 8:30am in the Civic Center Banner Room. Reception immediately following the ceremony at the Campus Activities Building.

College of Nursing Commencement
Sunday, May 20; 11:30am
Crouse Hinds Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter External Icon
Doors will open at 11:00am. Students will line up at 11:00am in the Civic Center Banner Room. Reception immediately following the ceremony at the Campus Activities Building.

College of Graduate Studies Commencement
Sunday, May 20; 1:30pm
Carrier Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter External Icon
Doors will open at 1:15pm. Students will line up at 1:15pm in the Civic Center Banner Room. A pre-ceremony brunch for the graduates and their familiy members will be served at 11:00am in the 9th Floor Dining Room, Weiskotten Hall.

College of Medicine Commencement
Sunday, May 20; 3:00pm
Crouse Hinds Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter External Icon
Doors will open at 2:00pm. Students will line up at 2:15pm in the Civic Center Banner Room. Reception immediately following the ceremony at the Campus Activities Building.

Special Needs and Directions & Parking:
The John H. Mulroy Civic Center @ Oncenter is handicap accessible. It is recommended that individuals using wheelchairs arrive early. If needed, we will be happy to make arrangements to have a sign language interpreter at the ceremonies. If you expect to have guests who are hearing impaired attend the festivities, please contact the Office of Student Support Services at (315) 464-8855 or the Office of Campus Activities at (315) 464-5618 by April 1, 2015.

Complimentary parking will also be available in the West Parking Garage on the Upstate Campus for all family members attending Commencement ceremonies and receptions.

Please note that all directions and parking information may be obtained by clicking on the facility links above.

Commencement Planning: Important Information

Reserve Hotel Rooms
This is a busy time of year in Syracuse. If your friends and family will be needing hotel rooms, please make them asap! To assist in your planning, we've provided a short list of accommodations. The following properties are close to the Upstate campus and the John H. Mulroy Civic Center: Marriott Syracuse Downtown External Icon; The Genesee Grande Hotel External Icon; The Parkview Hotel External Icon; Hotel Skyler External Icon; The Crowne Plaza Syracuse External Icon; Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center; External Icon Residence Inn Downtown at Armory Square External Icon and the Jefferson Clinton Hotel External Icon. Additional properties may be found on the Syracuse tripadvisor website External Icon or on the Syracuse Convention and Visitor's Bureau website External Icon.