Commencement 2021 FAQ

If you have any additional questions about Commencement, please contact the Office of Special Events at

The Ceremonies

What is the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

The schools and colleges host celebratory Convocations before the University-wide Commencement. Convocations individually recognize the degree candidates and present special awards, and are then followed by receptions where students and families have the opportunity to mingle with deans and faculty.

Commencement is the University-wide ceremony for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President formally confer degrees at the Commencement ceremony.

What are the qualifications to participate in Commencement?

Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates who plan to complete their coursework between December 2020 and by August 2021 are invited to participate in the 2021 Commencement ceremonies. Under extenuating circumstances, candidates who do not meet this requirement may petition to their home college(s) for permission to participate.

Doctoral candidates must have completed their degree by April 2021. For information on the qualifications to participate in Commencement, visit the Graduate School website.

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


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

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

When are diplomas given out?

Diplomas are mailed to all degree recipients after the certification and awarding process is complete. Diplomas are then sent to the permanent address unless an alternative address is specified within the Diploma Request. File the Diploma Request on MySlice

When and where do degree candidates obtain caps and gowns?

For information regarding Bachelor’s regalia, please contact Karen Spencer,

For Master’s and Doctoral regalia orders, please visit the Syracuse University Bookstore.

For additional questions about cap and gown orders, please contact Karen Spencer,


Where can I order graduation announcements?

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