Commencement 2019 Information

Welcome and What's New....

Updated on 9/18: The Marriott Syracuse Downtown will be the host hotel for our Pre-Commencement Dessert Receptions.  In preparation for that event, the hotel has reserved a block of rooms for our graduate's families and friends.  If you would like to hotel reservations at the Marriott, please use this hotel reservation linkExternal Link Icon.  Additional hotel options are shown below.

Preparations are well under way for Upstate Medical University to return to a ONE UNIVERSITY Commencement in May 2019.  The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10am at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College Campus.  As additional details are confirmed, this page will be regularly updated.  Watch for more information on the ceremony, cap/gown, speakers, etc. in mid-Fall.  If at any point you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us.


Sharon Huard
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Life
(315) 464-8855

Chuck Simpson
Director of Campus Activities and Special Projects
(315) 464-5618

Commencement Weekend 2019 Events and Ceremony

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Cap and Gown Pick-Up (Tentative Dates/Times)

Thursday and Friday, May 2 & 3: 10am - 5pm
Room 115, Campus Activities Building
Additional information regarding cap/gown pick-up will be added to this page in early Spring 2019.

Pre-Commencement Dessert Receptions

Saturday, May 4; 7:30 - 10:30pm
Marriott Syracuse DowntownExternal Link Icon
Each College will host their own reception for their graduates, families and friends.  There will be a short program of speakers/awards along with desserts, coffee station and a cash bar!  Come by after dinner and socialize with family, friends and fellow graduates!  Room location for each College's reception will be posted in early Spring 2019.


Sunday, May 5; 10:00am
SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College CampusExternal Link Icon
Additional information including time for the facility to open for guests, time for student line-up, etc. will be posted in early Spring 2019.

Special Needs, Directions & Parking

The SRC Arena 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 March 15, 2019.

Complimentary parking is available at the SRC Arena.  For additional facility information, directions to the arena and for information on handicap accessibility, please visit the SRC Arena directions webpageExternal Link Icon.

Commencement Tickets

There will be no guest tickets required for the 2019 ceremony.  You may invite as many guests as you would like!

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.

Our Pre-Commencement Dessert Receptions will be held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.  In preparation for that event, the hotel has reserved a block of rooms.  Please use this hotel reservation linkExternal Link Icon to reserve rooms at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

The following properties are also located downtown and close to the Upstate campus: Marriott Syracuse DowntownExternal Link Icon; The Genesee Grande HotelExternal Link Icon; The Parkview HotelExternal Link Icon; Hotel SkylerExternal Link Icon; The Crowne Plaza SyracuseExternal Link Icon; Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center;External Link Icon Residence Inn Downtown at Armory SquareExternal Link Icon and the Jefferson Clinton HotelExternal Link Icon. Additional properties may be found on the Syracuse Tripadvisor websiteExternal Link Icon or on the Syracuse Convention and Visitor's Bureau websiteExternal Link Icon.

Order Your Cap and Gown

Information will be available in early Spring 2019.

Hooding Process

Information will be available in early Spring 2019.

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Information will be available in early Spring 2019.


Information will be available in early Spring 2019.

Commencement Planning: Faculty Participation

Faculty Participation

Faculty who will be participating in commencement must be in academic attire. If a faculty member would like to participate in the commencement ceremony, we ask that you fill out the Faculty Commencement Participation Form and return it to the Upstate bookstore.  The 2019 form will be available in early Spring 2019.