Family and Friends

Visiting the University at Albany

Please visit the University at Albany's visitor website for driving and mass transit directions along with lodging and dining options. Additional interactive maps are also available.

Guest Parking on campus for Commencement

Please view the Commencement uptown campus Guest Parking map.

Guests are permitted to park in campus parking lots without a UAlbany parking decal for the Commencement ceremony. However, please follow all event and/or parking signage or directions from University Police Officers and event parking staff. Vehicles must be parked in a valid parking spot; vehicles parked illegally, such as cars in a handicap parking spot without a valid government-issued handicap parking decal/plate displayed, parked in fire/travel lanes, on sidewalks/grass, or in any areas that are not valid parking spots pose a health and safety concern and such cars will be ticketed and/or towed at vehicle’s owners expense.

Electronic Tickets

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for ALL non-graduates who are guests (including any current students) in attendance at this University-Wide Ceremony. Please communicate with your graduate so they can reserve the proper number of guest tickets.

Distribution for all commencement guest tickets will be done electronically via email. Each ticket is in the form of a separate email which contains a unique scannable QR Code that can only be used once.

  • Electronic distribution: ALL tickets will be sent to students via email on Thursday, December 1st.
  • Each ticket will be sent via separate email ticket to the student's official “” email address. Each separate email ticket can easily be forwarded directly to guests for their use, or to speed up check-in just print out the emails and distribute the paper copies of the tickets.
  • Due to the automated nature of the ticketing software, your guest tickets will include in the body of the email “Hi <first name>” for one ticket, and “Hi Guest of <first name>” for any additional tickets. Please note that both will function exactly the same – as guest tickets – since graduating students do not need tickets to participate (walk) in the ceremony. 
  • Each guest will need to simply display their unique email ticket so commencement event staff can scan the QR Code upon entry to the SEFCU Arena.

Sign Language Interpreters

Sign language interpreters will be on stage throughout the university-wide ceremonies. Guests or graduates should contact The Disability Resource Center at (518)442-5490 by November 6 if they require coordination to sit in close proximity to the interpreter, require wheelchair access, or special seating needs.


The University at Albany offers 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 e-mail proofs to the students' email address or mail to 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.

Flowers & Souvenirs

For your convenience, flowers and UAlbany memorabilia will be available for purchase in the lobby of the SEFCU Arena. 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:


Official Commencement Programs will be distributed upon entry at the university-wide ceremony venue. Eligible 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 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 a commencement ceremony.


Questions may be directed to: