Family and Friends

2017 Commencement Weekend
May 19, 20, & 21, 2017

Schedule of Events

Please click the “Graduate Info” tab or the “Undergraduate Info” tab on the left navigation bar to view the applicable schedule of events and ceremonies.

Visiting Campus

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.


Guests are permitted to park in campus parking lots without a UAlbany parking decal during Commencement Weekend. However, please follow all event and/or parking signage and 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, parking 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 the vehicle owner’s expense.

Please click the “Graduate Info” tab or the “Undergraduate Info” tab on the left navigation bar for specific parking information for each ceremony.
Guest Tickets

Due to venue size, some ceremonies require guest tickets ALL non-graduates who are guests (including any current students) in attendance, and these tickets need to be secured ahead of time directly by the graduating student for their guest(s). Please check with your graduating student on whether or not you’ll need a ticket for their particular ceremony.

Do children need tickets?
Children, typically under 2 years old, who will be sitting on a lap do not require a ticket.  Children who will be sitting in a seat do require their own ticket.


Balloons are NOT permitted inside any of the indoor venues due to their fire systems.


The University at Albany offers the services of a professional photographer at all ceremonies. Students will be professionally photographed by Island Photography as they cross the stage at Friday’s Graduate Degree Conferral Ceremony, at Saturday’s Undergraduate Individual Recognition Ceremonies, and will be photographed in the student line-up area at Sunday’s Undergraduate Degree Conferral Ceremony. 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

Flowers will be available for purchase at Friday’s Graduate Ceremony (in the SEFCU Arena lobby) and at Sunday’s Undergraduate Degree Conferral Ceremony (at the back of the seating area).

The University Bookstore will have a souvenir table at each venue location on Friday through Sunday, offering an opportunity to purchase UAlbany gear and memorabilia.  The University Bookstore, located inside the campus center, will also be open on Commencement Weekend:

Saturday, May 20th from 8 am till 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 21th from 9 am till 4 pm

For more information on University Auxiliary Services available on campus the day of the ceremony please visit:

Live Stream

All commencement ceremonies will be available to view online - Details will be posted in the days leading up to commencement.

Commencement Weekend commemorative DVD

The commemorative DVD is available for pre-orders and will include the video of the Graduate Ceremony or the Undergraduate Ceremony, plus photo galleries of the weekend and the electronic commencement program.
Visit the
Commencement DVD order website for more information.

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.


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.
Email the Registrar's Office or send your request to:

Office of the Registrar
Campus Center B-25
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Attn: Commencement Program