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

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

         

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Day

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony and Reception Maxwell Auditorium Thursday 12:00 p.m. Maxwell Hall Foyer 1:00 p.m.
Renée Crown University Honors Program Ceremony and Reception Hendricks Chapel Thursday 3:00 p.m. Maxwell Hall Foyer 4:30 p.m.
School of Information Studies (iSchool) Senior Toast Hinds Hall Patio Thursday 4:00 p.m. N/A N/A
University College Convocation National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) Thursday 6:00 p.m. National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) 7:00 p.m.
Senior Celebration  Convention Center at the OnCenter Thursday N/A N/A
           
           

Friday, May 8, 2020

         

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Day

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Veterans Graduation Ceremony and Reception National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) Friday 8:30 a.m. National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) 9:30 a.m.
The College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – bachelor’s degree Manley Field House Friday 9:30 a.m. Tents at Manley Field House 11:30 a.m.
College of Law Commencement  Convention Center at The OnCenter Friday 11:00 a.m.   N/A N/A
BACCALAUREATE Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development (CSTEP, HEOP, LSAMP, McNair, SSS) Hendricks Chapel Friday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. N/A N/A
Posse Scholars Celebration Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center Friday 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 Friday 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 – bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates Manley Field House Friday 1:30 p.m. Tents at Manley Field House 3:30 p.m.
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – master’s degrees Setnor Auditorium Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday 4:00 p.m. N/A N/A
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management Convocation – bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral Manley Field House Friday 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 Friday 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 (NVRC) Friday 5:00 p.m. N/A N/A
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Convocation – Undergraduate degrees Manley Field House Friday 7:30 p.m. Tents at Manley Field House 9:00/9:30 p.m.
           

Saturday, May 9, 2020

         

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Day

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

The College of Engineering and Computer Science Convocation – Graduate and Undergraduate degrees Manley Field House Saturday 8:30 a.m. Tents at Manley Field House 10:30 a.m.
School of Architecture Convocation National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) Saturday 9:00 a.m. Slocum Hall 10:30 a.m.
School of Information Studies (iSchool) Convocation – Undergraduate degrees Goldstein Auditorium Saturday 12:00 p.m. Hinds Hall 1:30/2:00 p.m.
School of Education Convocation Manley Field House Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday 4:30 p.m. Tents at Manley Field House 6:15/6:30 p.m.
Itanwa Orinwa Celebration Goldstein Auditorium Saturday 7:30 p.m. N/A N/A
           

Sunday, May 10, 2020

         

School/College/Unit

Ceremony Location

Day

Ceremony Time

Reception Location

Reception Time

Syracuse University Commencement 2020 Shaw Quadrangle Sunday 9:30 a.m. N/A N/A
Commencement Brunch Buffet Goldstein Auditorium Sunday 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 Sunday 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.