If you have any additional question about Commencement, contact us at sucommencement@syr.edu or 315.679.4015.

The Ceremonies

Are tickets necessary for Commencement or Convocations?

Tickets are not required for Commencement or Convocations. There is no limit on the number of guests per degree candidate.

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, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending approximately at noon. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President ceremoniously confer degrees at the Commencement ceremony.

What are the qualifications for participation in Commencement?

Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates who plan to complete their coursework between December 2019 and by August 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremonies. Under extenuating circumstances, candidates who do not meet this requirement may petition their home college(s) for permission to participate.

Doctoral candidates must have completed their degrees by April 2020 to participate.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and fulfill all degree requirements for graduation. Participation in Convocation and Commencement ceremonies does not indicate that degree requirements have been completed. Find out more about eligibility requirements.


Where can Syracuse students complete the “File Diploma Request” process?

Syracuse Doctoral, graduate and undergraduates students may file the Diploma Request online at MySlice.

When are diplomas given out?

Diplomas are mailed to all degree recipients after the certification and awarding process is complete. Diplomas are sent to the permanent address unless a different address was specified when filing the Diploma Request on MySlice.

When and where do degree candidates obtain caps and gowns?

All degree candidates participating in Convocations and Commencement are required to wear academic regalia. The Syracuse University Bookstore coordinates cap and gown distribution. No pre-ordering is necessary.

Undergraduate degree candidates will be provided recyclable gowns free of charge the week prior to Commencement at distribution sites.

ESF cap and gown distribution will take place two weeks prior to Commencement.

Master’s candidates can purchase their caps, gowns, and hoods at one of the distribution sites the week prior to Commencement.

Doctoral candidates rent their caps, gowns, and hoods at the distribution site.

Accommodations and Dining

What hotels are in the area?

Visit Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau for hotel and housing options. Central New York hotels generally require a two-day reservation during Commencement weekend. It is important to book early since area hotels often sell out.

Is campus housing available for guests?

Rooms will be available in residence halls on north campus for a weekend package only. Reservations for these rooms can be made beginning March 1, 2020.

Where can I park during Commencement Weekend?

Free parking is available in campus lots and garages on Saturday and Sunday of Commencement weekend.

Where can families and guests eat during Commencement Weekend?

Dining options will be available on campus throughout Commencement Weekend. Area restaurants are very busy this weekend. Please call the restaurants you are interested in eating at and inquire about their reservation procedures during Commencement Weekend. For an area restaurant guide, consult the Syracuse Visitor’s Bureau.


Where can I order graduation announcements?

Personalized graduation announcements may be ordered at the Syracuse Bookstore. Generic announcements are also available for purchase.

When are senior photos taken?

Senior portraits are typically taken during the fall semester. Watch for an email from Student Activities with the December 2019 and January 2020 photo dates. Learn more about the Onondagan Yearbook.