Commencement

Commencement 2014 Information

Welcome and What's New....

Please take note of all the new information below and review the Commencement Planning Checklist.  We have also added the Commencement Planning Brochure PDF Icon, Commencement Hooding Form PDF Icon and the Commencement Invite Postcard PDF Icon for your information and use.  If at anytime you have questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us!

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 2014 Events and Ceremonies

Cap and Gown Pick Up
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16; 10:00am - 5:00pm
Room 115, Campus Activities Building

Pre-Commencement Dessert Reception
Saturday, May 17; 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 18; 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 Lobby.

College of Nursing Commencement
Sunday, May 18; 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 Lobby.

College of Graduate Studies Commencement
Sunday, May 18; 12:30pm
Carrier Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter External Icon
Doors will open at 12:00pm.  Students will line up at 12:00pm in the Civic Center Banner Room.  A pre-ceremony brunch will be served at 10:00am in the 9th Floor Dining Room of Weiskotten Hall.

College of Medicine Commencement
Sunday, May 18; 2:00pm
Crouse Hinds 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.  Reception immediately following the ceremony at the Campus Activities Building Lobby.

Special Needs and Directions & Parking:
The John H. Mulroy Civic Center @ Oncenter is handicap accessible. If 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, 2014.

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

Commencement Planning Checklist & Important Information

The following information may all be found in the Commencement Planning Brochure PDF Icon.

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. Mulry Civic Center: 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.

Order Your Cap and Gown
Order your academic attire online at the Herff Jones Regalia Online Order website External Icon The site will be open from Friday, February 28, 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014. Find SUNY Upstate Medical University in the school drop-down menu and click continue. If you have questions please contact the Upstate Medical University Bookstore by phone at (315) 464-5560 or by e-mail. Please note that there is no charge for student academic attire if ordered before the deadline. If attire is ordered after Friday, March 28, 2014, a late fee will be charged!

Hooding Process
Students receiving advanced degrees will be hooded at their commencement ceremony. Typically, students are hooded by their faculty advisor or the faculty marshal of their college. However, doctoral (MD, Ph.D., DPT) candidates may invite a member of their immediate family to participate in the hooding if the family member holds the same degree. Students wishing to have a family member hood them must submit the Commencement Hooding Form PDF Icon and be approved by the Office of Student Support Services or Office of Campus Activities. Academic attire must be worn by the participating family member and the rental fee is $81 + tax. Attire must be ordered through the Upstate Bookstore, contact the bookstore by phone at (315) 464-5560 or by e-mail. Deadline is March 28, 2014. No late requests/orders will be accepted.

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames
Personalized graduation announcement products can be ordered directly from Balfour. Order by phone: 1-877-BALFOUR (255-3687) or on the Balfour website External Icon. Diploma frames & class rings are available to purchase in the Upstate Medical University Bookstore, CAB Lobby. If you have any questions about these items, please contact the staff in the bookstore.

Diplomas
The Registrar's Office orders diplomas for all graduates.  Please complete the Commencement Information Form through MY UPSTATE to indicate how you want your name on your diploma and to where it should be mailed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (315) 464-4604 or by e-mail.

Photographs
WMF photography will take pictures of graduates during the Commencement ceremonies and will be available for group/family photos at the graduation receptions held at the CAB. Afterwards family members will be able to VIEW and ORDER pictures online. WMF photography may be reached by phone at (315) 546-0275 or on the WMF Photograpy website External Icon.