If you have any additional questions about Commencement, please contact the Office of Special Events at SUcommencement@syr.edu.

Class of 2020 Commencement Weekend

Our 2020 Commencement weekend will combine ceremonial honors with the excitement of a reunion. Final logistics and details are still being developed, and commencement.syr.edu will be updated regularly as information is confirmed.

Please see the outline for the weekend below. No events or ceremonies are mandatory to attend, but we hope many of the Class of 2020 will be able to come back to campus to visit with your classmates and celebrate your remarkable achievements.

Sept. 17: Class of 2020 “Welcome Home” Reception @ 6:30 – 9 p.m. Quad

Sept. 18: Reunion Celebration and Tailgate @ 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schine Student Center

Sept. 18: Syracuse vs. Albany Football Game @ Noon Stadium

Sept. 19: Commencement Ceremony @ 10 a.m.


Commencement is the University-wide ceremony for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates. Syracuse University Chancellor and President Kent Syverud will formally confer degrees at the Commencement ceremony. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Sept 18 – 19: Convocation and School Ceremonies

Individual school and college events will likely be held Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Please indicate your desire to participate in a school/college-specific program. Information about these programs will come directly from your home school/college.

Will tickets be required for Commencement attendance?

No, Commencement  for the Class of 2020 will not be a ticketed event.

Hotel Arrangements

A room block has been created specifically for Class of 2020 alumni and their guests.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Start Date: Friday, September 17, 2021

End Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Last Day to Book: Friday, August 13, 2021

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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 2019 and by August 2020 are invited to participate in the 2020 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 2020. 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 the Syracuse University Campus Store, campusstore@syr.edu.

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