Commencement Weekend

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

Convocations and Commencement Weekend
Event Schedule

Coming Soon

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Ceremonies Start Time Location
Commencement Rehearsal
(*students only)
11:30 AM Stadium
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony 3:00 PM 304ABC, Schine Student Center
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Reception Immediately following the ceremony Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
College of Professional Studies Convocation
Livestream
6:00 PM Hendricks Chapel
College of Professional Studies Reception 7:00 PM Tents on the Quad

Friday, May 12, 2023

Ceremonies Start Time Location
Veteran Commencement Ceremony 8:00 AM K.G. Tan Auditorium, NVRC
Veteran Commencement Reception 9:00 AM Grand Hall, NVRC
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – master’s and doctoral degree
Livestream
10:00 AM Hendricks Chapel
Army and Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony 10:30 AM K.G. Tan Auditorium, NVRC
Posse Scholars Celebration 11:00 AM 304ABC, Schine Student Center
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Reception – master’s and doctoral degree 11:30 AM Maxwell Hall Patio  Maxwell Hall Foyer
BACCALAUREATE Center for Academic Achievement & Student Development (CSTEP, HEOP, LSAMP, McNair, SSS) 12:00 PM Hendricks Chapel
Senior Celebration 1:00 - 5:00 PM Einhorn Family Walkway
Syracuse University Official Class Ring Ceremony 2:00 PM Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
Renée Crown University Honors Program Ceremony
Livestream
3:00 PM Hendricks Chapel
Renée Crown University Honors Program Reception 3:30 PM Tent A on the Quad
Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Livestream
5:00 PM Goldstein Auditorium
Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Reception 6:00 PM Panasci Lounge
Itanwa Orinwa 8:00 PM Goldstein Auditorium

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Ceremonies Start Time Location
College of Engineering and Computer Science Convocation
Livestream
8:30 AM Manley Field House

College of Arts and Sciences Convocation – bachelor’s degree candidates

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Convocation – bachelor’s degree
Livestream

8:30 AM Stadium
School of Architecture Convocation – bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates
Livestream
10:00 AM Hendricks Chapel
College of Engineering and Computer Science Reception 10:30 AM Tent at Manley
College of Arts and Sciences Reception - bachelor's degree candidates 10:30 AM All Tents on the Quad
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Reception - bachelor's degree 10:30 AM Tent on Lincoln Quad
School of Architecture Reception – bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates 11:30 AM Slocum Hall Atrium
School of Information Studies Convocation – bachelor’s degree candidates
Livestream
12:00 PM Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
School of Education Convocation
Livestream
12:30 PM Manley Field House
Newhouse School of Public Communications Convocation
Livestream
12:30 PM Stadium
Martin J. Whitman School of Management Reception 1:00 PM Whitman School of Management (Flaum Grand Hall)
School of Information Studies Reception – bachelor’s degree candidates 1:15 PM Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
School of Education Reception 1:45 PM Tent at Manley
College of Arts and Sciences Convocation – master’s degree candidates
Livestream
2:00 PM Hendricks Chapel
Newhouse School of Public Communications Reception 2:30 PM All Tents on the Quad
College of Arts and Sciences Reception – master’s degree candidates 3:00 PM Strasser Commons, Eggers Hall, 2nd Floor
School of Information Studies Convocation – master’s and doctoral degree candidates
Livestream
3:00 PM Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
Martin J. Whitman School of Management Convocation
Livestream
4:00 PM Stadium
College of Visual and Performing Arts Masters Hooding Ceremony
Livestream
4:30 PM Hendricks Chapel
School of Information Studies Reception – master’s and doctoral degree candidates 4:30 PM Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Centre
Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics Convocation
Livestream
4:30 PM Manley Field House
Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics Reception 6:15 PM Tent at Manley
College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation – bachelor’s and master’s degree
Livestream
7:30 PM Stadium
College of Visual and Performing Arts Reception 9:00 PM Stadium

 

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Ceremonies Start Time Location
2022 Commencement – all Syracuse University graduation candidates
Livestream
9:30 AM Stadium
Multicultural Graduation Reception 12:00 – 2:00 PM Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Centre
Commencement Brunch
SOLD OUT!
12:30 PM and 2:30 PM Drumlins Country Club

Ceremonies (prior to Commencement Weekend)

Friday, May 6, 2022

Ceremonies Start Time Location
College of Law Commencement
Livestream
11:00 AM Stadium

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Ceremonies Start Time Location
Blessing for Students at Hendricks Chapel 4:00 PM Hendricks Chapel

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.