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Commencement 2021 Information

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 Updated: February 22, 2021

Graduate Ceremony RSVP and Commencement Attire Order Information:

Graduate Ceremony RSVP: Due to COVID-19 event guidelines, all graduates must RSVP their intention regarding attending their in-person Commencement ceremony by Monday, March 1, 2021.  This is the deadline to be included in the Commencement ceremonies.  Information regarding the ceremonies dates, times and locations has been sent to your Upstate email address.

If you are attending your college-specific commencement ceremony to be held on May 8th or 9th at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown please be sure to RSVP your attendance at by Monday, March 1.

If you have extenuating circumstances and will be attending the University commencement on May 2, on campus, please be sure to RSVP your attendance at by Monday, March 1.

Commencement Attire Order Information: Due to COVID-19 we have made the decision to utilize “keeper attire” for this year’s ceremonies.  This attire package consists of gown, hood (for masters and doctoral grads), cap – or tam for doctoral grads and tassel which will be ordered online and shipped directly to you.  We contracted with a new company this year and the attire is very high quality and is yours to keep.  It is now time for you to order your commencement attire for you to wear at your ceremony!

To order your attire, visit the Jostens website by Monday, March 15.


Updated: January 22, 2021

Upstate Medical University is pleased to announce the decision to host socially distanced in-person Commencement Ceremonies celebrating the Class of 2021! 

Please note that due to COVID-19 guidelines, in-person participation and attendance at the ceremonies will be limited to members of the graduating class. The ceremonies will be livestreamed in real-time and an online link will be made available for graduates’ family members and friends and members of
the Upstate community. We hope everyone will join us in celebrating our graduates’ accomplishments.

May 8 & 9, 2021

Saturday, May 8:
10am: College of Nursing Commencement
3pm: College of Health Professions Commencement

Sunday, May 9:
10am: College of Medicine Commencement
3pm: College of Graduate Studies Commencement

We hope all members of the Upstate family are healthy and well!


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