Details may be updated if the state's pandemic protocols change.


January 1 - March 7, 2021 - Regalia
April 16, 2021 - Finances
Friday, May 14, 2021 - Candlelight ceremony

Commencement Day

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Plans are subject to change based on state pandemic protocols.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Bookstore open for last minute items.

Pre-ceremony testing

New York state requires all graduating students, guests, and Commencement staff to provide proof of testing or of vaccination within specific time periods. If you are a graduating student who hasn’t been vaccinated, this could include same-day rapid testing. See the Commencement homepage for details.



  • 10 a.m. for Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • 1 p.m. for Bachelor of Science last names A-J, and all Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • 4 p.m. for Bachelor of Science last names K-Z, and all Bachelor of Music (BM) and Life Prep

Location: Golisano Training Center on campus (indoors)

Guests: See the Commencement homepage for requirements for guests.

Length: Each ceremony will last about one hour.

What to expect:

  • For guests: Doors open at Golisano Training Center at 8:30 a.m. for the first ceremony and by about one hour before the afternoon ceremonies (after cleaning/disinfecting between events).
  • Students, allow extra time to arrive on campus, get tested or show proof of vaccination at the gym and get your wristband, to then be at Golisano Training Center (GTC) by one hour before your ceremony. Your Commencement registration confirmation email includes a specific recommended timeline for your ceremony.
  • One hour before the ceremony: Graduating students assemble on the turf field at the west end of the GTC
  • Five minutes before the ceremony: Procession begins.

Read the before-Commencement and Commencement-day FAQs >

Hannah Meli

What's Next?

We'd love to hear what's next for you and how your college experiences have helped prepare, support, or connect you. Send us your story! 

See Hannah Meli '20 and other examples from the Class of 2020 grad students at Commencement time.