Commencement Weekend


What is the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

Syracuse University schools and colleges host celebratory Convocations on the Saturday (Saturday, May 12, 2018) 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.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, May 13, 2018 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:

Year Convocation (Saturday) Commencement (Sunday)
2018 May 12 May 13
2019 May 11 May 12
2020 May 9 May 10