Based on the student response and in compliance with New York State regulations, Syracuse University will need to host three Commencement ceremonies.

Each commencement ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes long.

Commencement Ceremony No. 1
Saturday, May 22, 2021
4 p.m. ET , The Stadium
Undergraduate students only in the following schools/colleges:

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • School of Education
  • University College

Commencement Ceremony No. 2
Sunday, May 23, 2021
9 a.m. ET, The Stadium
Undergraduate students only in the following schools/colleges:

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Information Studies
  • Whitman School of Management
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts

Commencement Ceremony No. 3
Sunday, May 23, 2021
3:30 p.m. ET, The Stadium

  • All graduate students (including College of Law)

Commencement Seating Map 2021[PDF]


School/College Convocations

All school and college convocations will be presented virtually at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 22. More information about how to access the virtual convocations will be shared in the coming weeks.

Commencement Tickets

As previously communicated, each graduate who has registered their intent to participate in person will be allowed to have up to two guests attend their ceremony. Tickets will be available for selection beginning on Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. ET. Graduates will receive a specific email with specific instructions to claim their ticket and two guest tickets. Following ticket selection, students will receive a confirmation email, as well as a ticket with their selected seating assignment and tickets and seating assignments for their guests.

As a reminder, per the New York State graduation guidance, all guests must comply with social distancing guidelines. Students will be seated on the field level of the stadium in three-person “pods.” Guests will be seated in audience sections of the stadium in two-person “pods.” Seating pods will be arranged to maintain 6 feet of distance between groupings. Empty seat buffers will be created at aisles. As noted above, seating assignments will be issued via the ticketing process.

To allow for ease of entry, guests will be assigned a specific gate and arrival time for entry. This will allow for socially distanced entry and compliance with all entry requirements.

Pre-Event Testing/Vaccination Compliance

New York State has mandated very specific guidelines related to stadium entry and participation in the Commencement exercise, for all graduates, guests and participants. The state requires that anyone accessing the stadium for Commencement must comply with one of the following options:

  • Proof of completed vaccination; specifically, on the day of the event the individual must provide documentation indicating that at least 14 days have passed since the individual received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days have passed since the individual received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly encourage guests to seek out a vaccination as it is the most reliable pathway for entry into the stadium.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR-type test, administered within 72 hours of the event.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen-type test, administered within six hours of the event start time.

Please plan ahead to ensure your compliance with New York State’s venue entry requirements. All graduates and guests are responsible for complying with state regulations for entry to the stadium. Anyone who plans to attend the ceremony and who cannot provide proof of COVID vaccination should ensure they have access to testing services capable of returning a test result within the window of time required by New York State (72 hours prior to the event for a PCR-type test; six hours prior to the event for an antigen-type test).

Pre-event Testing and Expedited Entry

To make the entry experience into the stadium as seamless as possible, we will have pre-event compliance stations that will open on campus beginning at noon ET on Thursday, May 20. At these stations, students, faculty, staff and guests can have their COVID-compliance documents verified in advance of the weekend’s Commencement activities. Once verified, individuals will receive a unique pass that will significantly expedite and ease entry into the stadium on Commencement day. To obtain your unique pass, please visit the pre-event compliance station at the following times:

  • Students, Faculty and Staff (no guests permitted): Daily walk-up sessions at the Schine Student Center (No appointments necessary, just show up at your convenience)
    • Thursday, May 20:  12 noon-5 p.m.
    • Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22: 12 noon-3 p.m.
  • Guests, Students, Faculty and Staff: Daily drive-through/walk-up sessions in Manley North parking lot (No appointments necessary, just show up at your convenience)
    • Thursday, May 20:  4 p.m.- 7p.m.
    • Friday, May 21: 12 noon -7 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 22: 12 noon -7 p.m.

We strongly encourage you to participate in pre-verification to avoid a long wait. All individuals who are not pre-verified will be required to have their vaccine or testing documentation reviewed and approved on-site at the stadium the day of Commencement.


Free parking for students and guests will be available on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 at all

  • West lots (Henry, Raynor, and Standart)
  • Irving Garage
  • University Avenue Garage
  • University Avenue lot.

Accessible shuttles will run to and from all those garages and lots, dropping off at Gate A at the Stadium.

View parking on the Campus Maps site.


As a condition of your attendance, all members of your party affirm and agree to abide by all Syracuse University and New York State screening and health protocols. All members of your party additionally affirm that you do not have any current or recent COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., temperature more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), have not had close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case(s), have not had recent positive COVID-19 test result(s), and are in compliance with the State’s travel advisory.

Safety Precautions

  • Do not attempt to enter the stadium if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone that may have been exposed, or have a temperature exceeding 100.4° F.
  • Stadium staff will not accept or provide a holding area for prohibited items. Please visit the stadium guest services page for more information on prohibited items.
  • Bags larger than 10”x10” will not be permitted in the stadium.
  • Wear your face mask, completely covering your mouth and nose, at all times on campus and in the stadium.
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes and hand-wash stations are available on the concourse levels. Dedicated sanitizing staff are assigned to monitor and treat frequently touched surfaces
  • Once outside the stadium, continue to wear a face mask and physically distance until you have arrived back at your vehicle or off-campus destination.

Entry Procedures:

  • Entry into the Stadium will be staggered to reduce the formation of lines and crowds. All tickets will include a designated entry gate and time.
  • Present a printed copy or digital version of proof of vaccination or negative test results and valid government issued identification with photo to stadium staff upon entry.
  • Download your mobile ticket in your Apple Wallet or Google Pay before you arrive.
  • If you cannot download your mobile ticket, please call 888-DOMETIX and a representative will discuss your options with you.

Face Masks Required:

  • Syracuse University requires face masks or face coverings for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus, in the presence of others, in public settings, indoors and outdoors. Bandanas are not an approved face mask.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times inside the stadium unless actively drinking at your assigned seating location. Failure to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, are grounds for removal from the stadium.

Food & Beverage:

  • Concession stands will not be open for the purchase of food and beverage, however bottled water will be provided for event attendees. Guests are permitted to bring a sealed bottle of water; all other food and beverage is prohibited.
  • Water should be consumed only while at your assigned seat.
  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all water fountains have been turned off.

Exit Procedures:

  • At the conclusion of the commencement ceremony, please remain in your seating area while the graduates recess out of the building. After the graduates have exited, please exit the gate nearest your assigned seating location.
  • Plan in advance for a meet-up location for graduates and guests outside and away from the stadium gates to avoid heavy congregation.

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 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 venues.