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DIRECTIONS to the University at Albany
Driving and Mass Transit directions are available through the UAlbany's visitors' website, along with interactive maps.

University-Wide Graduate Ceremony
Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 9:00 A.M. in the SEFCU Arena

once on campus:
The University will provide free shuttle transportation on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. between the University-Wide Ceremony venues and all outlying parking lots before and after both of the main university-wide ceremonies.
• Parking on SATURDAY, please utilize the SEFCU Arena and Dutch Quad Gold parking lots.  A limited number of handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with the appropriate tag will be available in the west arena lot.  This is also the drop-off location for guests with mobility issues.  A University Police Officer will be present to assist with directions.
• Shuttle Service on SATURDAY will travel between the Dutch Quad Gold lot and the SEFCU Arena before and after the ceremony. Graduates and guests should factor 20 minutes into their travel time to secure parking and arrive at the ceremony site.
Venue Accessibility on SATURDAY in the SEFCU Arena is equipped with accessible restrooms and seating options.  A seating area in the arena will be reserved for guests along with 2 escorts.  It is recommended that any guest requiring transport via wheelchair bring their own.

University-Wide Undergraduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 10:00 A.M. on the Entry Plaza Lawn

once on campus:
The University will provide free shuttle transportation on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. between the University-Wide Ceremony venues and all outlying parking lots before and after both of the main university-wide ceremonies.
Parking on SUNDAY, please utilize the parking lots in Colonial, State and Dutch Quad Gold lots that are open to all guests. NO DROP-OFFS are allowed at Collins Circle as it will be closed to all public traffic on Sunday.  A limited number of handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with the appropriate tag will be available at the State Quad Purple (Faculty) lot.  University Police Officers will be present on roadways to assist with directions.
Shuttle Service on SUNDAY will travel between State, Colonial and Dutch Quad parking lots dropping all guests off at the top of Collins Circle, at the Entry Plaza Lawn.  Pick-up will be at the same location for a return trip after the ceremony. Graduates and guests should factor 20 minutes into their travel time to secure parking and arrive at the ceremony site.
Venue Accessibility on SUNDAY, there will be a seating area on the Entry Plaza Lawn reserved for guests with accessibility needs along with 1 escort.  Accessible portable toilets will be available near this seating section.  Commencement staff will provide shuttle service via golf cart from the handicapped parking lot to the reserved seating section before and after the ceremony has concluded. It is recommended that any guest requiring transport via wheelchair bring their own. 
This OUTDOOR ceremony is held, rain or shine, as there is no covered viewing area, please dress appropriately for the weather.



SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Sign language interpreters will be on stage throughout the university-wide ceremonies.  Guests or graduates should contact Carolyn Malloch by April 11 if they require coordination to sit in close proximity to the interpreter, require wheelchair access, or special seating needs.

The Disability Resource Center
Campus Center 137
Albany, New York 12222
518-442-5490

PHOTOGRAPHY
The University at Albany will offer the services of a professional photographer at the ceremony. Students will be professionally photographed by Island Photo at the ceremony as they shake hands with the President and as they exit the stage. The photographer will mail proofs to the students’ permanent address, and families will have the option to purchase prints if they wish. For more information and access to the proofs, please contact Island Photo directly.
Island Photo link

FLOWERS & SOUVENIRS
For your convenience, flowers and UAlbany memorabilia will be available for purchase in the lobby of the SEFCU Arena, and near Collins Circle and the Entry Plaza Lawn. Please note, due to the fire alarm system, balloons are NOT permitted inside the SEFCU Arena.

For more information on University Auxiliary Services available on campus the day of the ceremony please visit: www.albany.edu/uas/commencement_services.php

TICKETS
Tickets are NOT REQUIRED for the University-Wide Ceremonies.  Please consult your academic department for guest policies concerning individual recognition ceremonies.

PROGRAMS
Official Commencement Programs will be distributed upon entry at the two university-wide ceremony venues.  May 2014 degree candidates who have met their degree application deadline will be listed in the program, not those who simply participate in the ceremonies. Therefore, students who have not satisfied their graduation requirements, or those who have not had their application approved by the Office of the Registrar by the stated degree deadlines will NOT be listed in the program.
The Office of the Registrar will be happy to mail a Commencement Program to those who are listed but who are unable to attend the Ceremony.  Send your request via email to registrar@albany.edu, or mail to:
Office of the Registrar
Campus Center B-25
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Attn: Commencement Program
ALCOHOL POLICY
The University at Albany requests the cooperation of all participants and visitors in complying with the University at Albany’s policy prohibiting alcoholic beverages at Commencement related events.  No one with alcoholic beverages will be allowed to enter, or participate, in the ceremony.


Questions may be directed to: commencement@albany.edu