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2024 Commencement

Sunday, May 5th

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

SUNY Upstate Medical University conferred degrees on graduates from all four Upstate colleges: Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. This year, Upstate awarded 430 degrees and three honorary degrees at the May 5th commencement ceremony. The ceremonies featured remarks from Upstate leadership, faculty, students, and this year’s honorary degree recipients.

Please join us in congratulating these students on their dedication, hard work, and passion that has led them to this achievement. We wish them all success as they embark on the next chapter of their journey.


"Fulfill your higher calling... pursue your dreams of changing the world. You are everyday heroes that we so desperately need."
-  Dr. Mantosh Dewan

Commencement Weekend 2024

Saturday, May 4: Dean's Receptions (College Specific)

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210

Held the afternoon or evening prior to Commencement, the college-specific Dean’s receptions are an opportunity for graduates, families and friends to gather and celebrate. The receptions will feature dean, student and alumni speakers, light refreshments and a cash bar. Additional information and an RSVP link will be forwarded to graduates in late spring. Parking will be free in the Sheraton garage, but is limited.

2:00pm – 4:00pm College of Nursing
2:00pm – 4:00pm College of Health Professions
7:00pm – 9:00pm College of Graduate Studies
7:00pm – 9:00pm College of Medicine

Sunday, May 5: University Commencement

SRC Arena & Events Center
4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

The University Commencement Ceremony will recognize graduates from all four colleges at Upstate Medical University: Graduate studies, Healthcare Professions, Medicine and Nursing. The ceremony is anticipated to last 2.5 to 3 hours and will be livestreamed for guests unable to attend in person. Parking will be free to all attendees. 

8:30am Doors open/Students arrive
10:00am Ceremony begins

Student and Staff Information

Commencement Regalia


Students will receive “keeper attire” consisting of a 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.  Regalia is free of charge to students and orders will be available early in the spring semester. All students participating in the commencement ceremony must be in appropriate regalia. Link to order regalia was emailed to all students. Regalia orders are due March 17, 2024.


Students graduating with a doctoral degree may choose to be hooded by an immediate family member with the same degree or a faculty member with a teaching appointment. Requests must be made and approved in advance. Hooders must be in regalia, and there is an option for family hooders to purchase regalia through the regalia webpage. Students not being hooded by family members will be hooded by Upstate faculty marshals. 

Faculty Participation

Upstate faculty members are invited to celebrate the class of 2024 by attending Dean’s receptions and the commencement ceremony; tickets are not required for either of these events. Faculty are also welcome to formally participate in the Commencement ceremony, if you would like to participate in the faculty processional, we ask that you please email us ([email protected]) to let us know so we have an accurate count of faculty participants. Those wishing to participate in the faculty processional must be in appropriate regalia attire based on their degree. Faculty can reach out to the Office of Campus Activities if regalia is needed. Regalia orders are due March 17, 2024.

Translation Services

Sign language interpreters

The commencement ceremony will be live streamed, recorded and captioned. Graduates and guests may request a sign language interpreter by emailing [email protected]. Please note: We ask that you submit your request by April 5, 2024 so that we have time to coordinate services.

Language translations

While we are unable to provide live translation services, we would like to suggest that family members in need of translation services consider using Google Translate, this is a free service that translates between English and over 100 languages.  

This section will be updated with changes/additions throughout spring semester.

Any questions? Contact:

Ryan Green
Director of Campus Activities
[email protected]

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