What is the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

Syracuse University schools and colleges host celebratory Convocations on the Friday or 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.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony on Sunday, May 10,  beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending approximately at noon. The severe weather plan may call for a start time as early as 8:30 a.m. or as late as 2:00 p.m.  Please plan your day accordingly. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President ceremoniously confers degrees at Commencement.

Convocations and Commencement Week Event Schedule [PDF]

Convocations and Commencement Week Event Schedule

Thursday, May 7, 2020

 

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony and Reception

 

Maxwell Auditorium

 

12:00 p.m.

 

Maxwell Hall Foyer

 

1:00 p.m.

Renée Crown University Honors Program Ceremony and Reception

 

Hendricks Chapel

 

3:00 p.m.

 

Maxwell Hall Foyer

 

4:30 p.m.

School of Information Studies (iSchool) Senior Toast

Hinds Hall Patio

4:00 p.m.

N/A

N/A

University College Convocation

National Veterans Resource Center

6:00 p.m.

National Veterans Resource Center

 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, May 8, 2020

 

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Veterans Graduation Ceremony and Reception

National Veterans Resource Center

 8:30 a.m.

National Veterans Resource Center

 9:30 a.m.

The College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – Undergraduate degrees

Manley Field House

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Tents at Manley Field House

 

11:30 a.m.

BACCALAUREATE Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development (CSTEP, HEOP, LSAMP, McNair, SSS)

 

Hendricks Chapel

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

N/A

 

N/A

College of Law Convocation

Goldstein Auditorium

11:00 a.m.

Dineen Hall

1:00 p.m.

Posse Scholars Celebration

Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

11:00 a.m.

Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

12:00 p.m.

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management Master’s Program Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony

Lender Auditorium (SOM 007), The Martin J. Whitman School of
Management 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Flaum Grand Hall, The Martin J. Whitman School of Management

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Convocation – Graduate and Undergraduate degrees

 

Manley Field House

 

1:30 p.m.

 

Tents at Manley Field House

 

3:30 p.m.

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – Graduate degrees

 

Setnor Auditorium

 

2:00 p.m.

 

Maxwell Hall Foyer

 

3:00 p.m.

Syracuse University Official Class Ring Ceremony

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium (Herg), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

 

 2:00 p.m.

 

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium (Herg), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

 

Immediately following the ceremony

The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation – Master’s degrees

 

Hendricks Chapel

 

2:30 p.m.

Life Sciences Complex, Milton Atrium

 

3:30 p.m.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Hooding Ceremony

 

Setnor Auditorium

 

4:00 p.m.

 

N/A

 

N/A

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management Convocation – Doctoral, Master’s and Undergraduate degrees

 

Manley Field House

 

4:30 p.m.

Flaum Grand Hall, The Martin J. Whitman School of Management

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Graduate School Hooding Ceremony and Reception

Goldstein Auditorium

 

5:00 p.m.

Flaum Grand Hall, The Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Immediately following the ceremony or 6:00/6:30 p.m.

U.S. Air Force and Army ROTC Ceremony and Reception

National Veterans Resource Center

5:00 p.m.

 N/A

 N/A

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Convocation – Undergraduate degrees

 

Manley Field House

 

7:30 p.m.

 

Tents at Manley Field House

 

9:00/9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

 

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

The College of Engineering and Computer Science Convocation – Graduate and Undergraduate degrees

 

Manley Field House

 

8:30 a.m.

Tents at Manley Field House

10:30 a.m.

School of Architecture Convocation

National Veterans Resource Center

9:00 a.m.

Slocum Hall

10:30 a.m.

School of Information Studies (iSchool) Convocation –Undergraduate degrees

Goldstein Auditorium

12:00 p.m.

Hinds Hall

1:30/2:00 p.m.

School of Education Convocation

Manley Field House

12:30 p.m.

Tents at Manley Field House

1:45/2:00 p.m.

School of Information Studies (iSchool) Convocation – Graduate degrees

 

Goldstein Auditorium

 

3:00 p.m.

 

Hinds Hall

 

4:30/5:00 p.m.

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Convocation

Manley Field House

 

4:30 p.m.

 

Tents at Manley Field House

 

6:15/6:30 p.m.

Itanwa Orinwa Celebration

Goldstein Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

N/A

N/A

 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

 

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Syracuse University Commencement 2020

Shaw Quadrangle

9:30 a.m.

N/A

N/A

Commencement Brunch Buffet

 

Goldstein Auditorium

Seatings at 12:00 p.m.;

1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.

 

N/A

 

N/A

Multicultural Graduation

Milton Atrium, Life Sciences Complex

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

N/A

N/A

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 all Convocation and Commencement venues. 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.

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 ceremony venues, except if for medical reasons or for infants

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