Commencement 2017 Information

Welcome and What's New....

Updated: May 16, 2017

Complimentary parking is available for all graduates and family members and friends in the West Parking Garage on campus. Pull into the garage and push the button and let the attendant know that you are attending Commencement and you will be allowed to park in the garage. It is approximately a 4-5 block walk to the Oncenter.

COGS Graduates and Family Members: please see updated information below. Due to a scheduling error by the Oncenter we have made some changes to the COGS Commencement Celebrations.

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. Please note that there are NO TICKETS required for the Commencement Ceremonies and seating in the auditorium is on a first come-first serve basis. You may invite as many family and friends as you would like!

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

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

Commencement Weekend 2017 Events and Ceremonies

"Save The Date" postcards went out to all graduating students and their family members last month. Please feel free to send this electronic version of the postcard PDF Icon to any additional friends and family. A postcard with all the weekend details will be sent out next month!

Cap and Gown Pick-Up
Thursday and Friday, May 18 & 19: 10am - 5pm
Saturday, May 20: Noon - 5pm
Sunday, May 21: 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 20; 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 21; 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 21; 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 21; 1:30pm
Ballroom, Oncenter Convention Center External Icon
Doors will open at 1:15pm. Students will line up at 1:15pm in the Oncenter Ballroom Atrium. A pre-ceremony brunch for graduates and their family members will be served at 11:30am in the Oncenter Ballroom.

College of Medicine Commencement
Sunday, May 21; 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. 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, 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

The following information may also 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. 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.

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 until Monday, April 3, 2017. 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 Monday, April 3, 2017, 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 $85 + tax. After the form has been approved, attire must be ordered through the Upstate Bookstore, contact the bookstore by phone at (315) 464-5560 or by e-mail. Deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017. 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.

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.

Best Eye 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. Best Eye Photography may be reached by phone at (315) 824-3712 or on the Best Eye website External Icon.