Qualifications for Participation

Bachelor’s Degrees

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

Bachelor’s candidates who plan to complete their coursework between December 2019 and August 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremonies. Under extenuating circumstances, candidates who do not meet this requirement may petition their home college(s) for permission to participate. All students must file a diploma request form on MySlice (and update their addresses). Filing this form activates the certification process by which the University registrar confirms fulfillment of your degree requirements. Students must file their request by March 1, 2020.

Master’s Degrees

Master’s degree candidates who will complete their coursework and degree requirements by August 2020 are invited to participate in Commencement in May 2020.

Graduating students must notify the University that they intend to graduate through the File Diploma Request process on MySlice. This process must be completed to ensure inclusion in the degree certification review process and for receipt of commencement information and, once the degree is awarded, the diploma. In order to receive timely May 2020 Commencement information from the Office of Special Events, you must complete the File Diploma Request process by the following deadlines:

For December 2019 expected graduates, file your diploma request by November 1, 2019.

For May 2020, June 2020, and August 2020 expected graduates, file your diploma request by March 1, 2020.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral degree recipients who earn their degrees in June 2019, August 2019, and December 2019 are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Commencement. Doctoral candidates who expect to earn their degrees in May 2020 MUST complete all their degree requirements (including submission of final dissertation and signed title page) by April 17, 2020. Questions regarding the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony should be directed to the Graduate School via email at gradschool@syr.edu.


In addition to filing a diploma request, all graduates must complete the Commencement Registration process. Registration for Commencement is now open. As part of the registration process, you will create a participant profile. You will be asked to RSVP to various events, including your home college Convocation and to the Commencement ceremony.  You will be asked to indicate the number of guests who plan to attend those events and you may update your profile in the event that that information changes. You will also be asked to provide a contact email and cell phone number for Commencement Weekend in the event of any schedule or logistical changes.

Commencement Registration is now open. Register now! 

Registration must be completed by April 15, 2020.