Commencement Weekend


What is the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

Syracuse University schools and colleges host celebratory Convocations on the Saturday before Commencement to individually recognize degree candidates and to present special awards. Convocations are followed by receptions, where students and families have the opportunity to mingle with deans and faculty. The 2017 schedule for Convocations will be posted on March 1, 2017.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending approximately at noon. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President ceremoniously confers degrees at the Commencement ceremony.

Future Commencement Dates:


Convocation (Saturday):

Commencement (Sunday):


May 12

May 13


May 11

May 12