Future Commencement Weekend Dates

2020: May 9-10

2021: May 8-9

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. This year’s Convocations are being held on Saturday, May 11.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony in the Dome on Sunday, May 12,  beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending approximately at noon. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President ceremoniously confers degrees at the Commencement ceremony.

Dome Seating

Please view the Dome seating chart to see how the Commencement Ceremony and seating is organized.

Important Security Procedures for Commencement Weekend

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable event, all guests and degree candidates will go through security screening, including metal detection, prior to entering Convocation and Commencement venues (the Dome, Manley Field House, Schine Student Center, Hendricks Chapel, and Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College). Please allow additional time for security screening to avoid delay.

As in past years, large bags, backpacks, duffel bags, and large shopping bags will not be allowed and degree candidates and all guests may not bring bags larger than 10″ x 10″ into Convocations or Commencement. All purses, binocular cases, and camera cases will be opened and inspected. There will not be a holding area for items at any venue. Trash cans will not be placed outside the perimeter of the Dome.

As always, the following items are prohibited:

  • Firearms, explosives, fireworks.
  • Air horns, backpacks, balls, balloons, banners, beach balls, coolers, confetti, containers, large purses, duffel bags, laser pointers, noise makers, inflatables, promotional items, shopping bags, large signs.
  • Food and beverages may not be brought into the Dome, except if for medical reasons or for infants.

Service dogs are the only animals permitted inside of Commencement Weekend venues.