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

When on campus, please be sure to follow all posted event signage or directions from University Police Officers and event parking staff.   Guests are permitted to park in campus parking lots without a UAlbany parking decal for Commencement ceremonies.  However, vehicles must follow all event and posted parking signage and must be parked in a valid parking spot.  Vehicles parked illegally: 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 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.

Main University-Wide Events

Please take note of the ceremony participation color key below which will help illustrate what events are for undergraduate students, graduate students or combined events for both undergrad and grad students.

Ceremony Participation - Color Key

Undergraduate Event

Graduate
Event

*Combined* UG/Grad


LGBTQ - Lavender Graduation
* Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Ceremony *
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Ceremony honoring the achievements of graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally students.

Location: Campus Center Ballroom
Duration: 1.5 hours with reception to follow.
Maximum of 7 guests per student.
Students: RSVP via MyUAlbany and at MyInvolvement.org

Questions to: lavendergrad@albany.edu


GRADUATE CEREMONY
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

The main university-wide ceremony for all master's, certificate, and doctoral candidates.
Graduate students check in to assembly area by 8:00 a.m.

Location: Athletics Complex - SEFCU Arena
Tickets are not required for guests.
Duration: ~
2 hours and 15 minutes.
All master's, certificate, and doctoral candidates will cross the stage to have their names read.

Maximum of 8 guests per student.
Students: RSVP via MyUAlbany.


Parking on SATURDAY
NO STUDENT DROP-OFFS are allowed at SEFCU Arena.
Please utilize the Athletic Complex 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 only. A University Police Officer will be present to assist with directions.

Dutch Quad Shuttle Service on SATURDAY
Wheelchair accessible shuttles 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
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.

Any guest requiring wheelchair transport is recommended to bring their own.

Commencement Mass
* Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Ceremony *
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Combined University-wide mass for all undergraduate & graduates and their families.

Location: Campus Center, Assembly Hall
Maximum of 10 guests per student.
Students: RSVP via MyUAlbany.


Torch Night
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Witness the ceremonial transition from student to alumni and a passing of the torch of knowledge as seniors are symbolically welcomed into the Alumni Association, followed by a fireworks display.

Location: on the Academic Podium
Tickets are not required for guests.
Duration: ~1 hour.
This ceremony will occur outdoors, rain or shin, please dress appropriately.

Maximum of 10 guests per student.
Students: RSVP via MyUAlbany.


UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The main university-wide ceremony to formally confer all bachelor's degrees.
Undergraduate students check in to assembly area tents by 9:00 a.m.

Location: outdoors on the Entry Plaza Lawn
Tickets are not required for guests.
Duration: ~1 hour 20 minutes.
This ceremony will occur outdoors, rain or shine, please dress appropriately.
Due to the size of the graduating class, individual students will not cross the stage or have their names read - students will be recognized in groups by school or college.
Maximum of 10 guests per student.
Students: RSVP via MyUAlbany.


Parking on SUNDAY
NO DROP-OFFS are allowed at Collins Circle
as it will be closed to all public traffic on Sunday. Guests Parking will be available in Colonial Quad and State Quad Gold lots, which are a short 5 - 8 minute walk to the ceremony. Dutch Quad Gold lot is also open with shuttle service provided. 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.

Dutch Quad Shuttle Service on SUNDAY
Wheelchair accessible shuttles will be available from the Dutch Quad parking lot dropping all guests off at the Entry Plaza Lawn (at Collins Circle). After the ceremony, pick-up will be at the same location at the back of the Entry Plaza Lawn seating area for a return trip to Dutch Quad parking lot. 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.

Any guest requiring wheelchair transport is recommended to bring their own.

This university-wide undergraduate degree-conferral ceremony will be available online via web-streaming video.
Please view video on May 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

video live-stream the ceremony


Individual Recognition Events

Please review the full schedule of events for individual recognition event listings.

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 April 11 if they require coordination to sit in close proximity to the interpreter, require wheelchair access, or special seating needs.

Photography

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: due to fire alarm systems, balloons are NOT permitted inside any interior venue.

For your convenience, flowers and UAlbany memorabilia will be available for purchase in the lobby of the SEFCU Arena and at the Entry Plaza Lawn.  Additionally, the University Bookstore will be open during commencement weekend.  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

Guest TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for ALL non-graduates who are guests (including any current students) in attendance for many departmental ceremonies.
However, in May tickets are not required for the main University-Wide Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies where seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please review the full schedule of events and consult your academic department for specific guest policies concerning individual recognition ceremonies.

Programs

Official Commencement Programs will be distributed upon entry at the two university-wide ceremony venues. 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: Commencement@albany.edu