Commencement Day Schedule

Sunday, May 13

7 a.m. Carrier Dome Gates Open

Gates A, B, C, F, G, J, K, L, M, N and P

Degree candidates only enter at Gate D or Gate E.

Guests should allow for ample time to go through security screening including metal detectors and be seated before 9:30 a.m. for the student procession. Please also plan additional time in case of inclement weather.

Purses or bags larger that 10″ x 10″ will not be allowed into the Carrier Dome. There will not be a holding area outside. Trash cans will not be placed outside the perimeter of the Carrier Dome.

Shuttle buses transport passengers from Manley Field House, South Campus, University Avenue Garage, and West lots to campus.

Dome food concessions open. Available for sale: beverages, donuts, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches.

Prohibited: Large bags (over 10″ x 10″), large purses, backpacks, duffel bags, or shopping bags may not be brought into the Carrier Dome. Security will be present at all gates. 9 a.m. Degree candidates must be in place.

Use Gates D and E and assemble in the north stands for the processions: bachelor’s degree candidates assemble by school or college; master’s degree candidates as a group between aisles 116-117; doctoral degree candidates as a group between aisles 115-116. Print a copy of the 2018 Commencement Seating map.

Degree Candidates will go through security screening upon entry. Graduates will not be allowed to bring bags into the Carrier Dome larger than 10 inches by 10 inches (e.g. backpacks, large purses, duffle bags, large shopping bags) into the Carrier Dome.

No one will be allowed to join the procession once it has started. 9:30 a.m. 164th Commencement of Syracuse University 

Carrier Dome

Student Procession

Guests wishing to see the student procession should be seated by this time. Parents and friends may take photographs from their seats but are not permitted on the floor.   Binoculars are recommended.

Driving time to campus will be longer than usual due to large attendance.

Allow additional driving time during inclement weather.

Webcast begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be available via a link from the homepage. Noon Commencement Ceremony Concludes Noon – 2 p.m. Multicultural Graduation Reception, Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center. Reservations required. Questions, call 315-443-9676 or e-mail Begins at 12 noon




  Commencement Brunch BuffetGoldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center

Reservations are required. Reservations begin March 1. Click here for reservation page.

Adults are $26.50; children 12 and under $16.

Seating times: Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Questions, email, or call 315.443.3770

Those attending the Commencement Brunch Buffet at the Schine Student Center should park in the University Avenue Garage prior to the Commencement ceremony.


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To see where the graduates will sit during the Commencement Ceremony- please see the Commencement Day Student Seating Layout.