Important Dates

October 2
degree application deadline.
Submit via MyUAlbany.

October 16
degree application deadline.
Submit via MyUAlbany.

Degree Application Deficiencies: must be corrected by October 28, 2015

November 2
Commencement Registration application deadline
Submit via MyUAlbany.

October 26 - December 4
Regalia for Bachelors & Masters available at the University Bookstore.

October 26
Last day to purchase Ph.D. regalia

October 28 & 29
University Bookstore has diploma frames, class rings, and other items available.

November 9
Last day to rent Ph.D. regalia.

December 1
Electronic distribution of guest tickets via email to student's official "" email address

December 1 
(preferably earlier)
Dissertations due to Office of Graduate Studies.

December 4
Last day to purchase Bachelors and Masters regalia.

Sunday, December 6
Commencement Ceremony
1:00 p.m. SEFCU Arena (Doors open at 12 pm)

December 9
(preferably earlier)
All rental regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore.


To Prepare For Graduation...

All official communications will be sent to your email address.**

STEP 1: Verify Your Eligibility to Graduate

STEP 2: Clear Any Financial Holds - All financial obligations must be satisfied to issue a diploma.

STEP 3: Submit Your Degree Application!  Select the "Apply to Graduation" link on MyUAlbany to submit your degree application.
December 2015 Deadlines:

October 2 UNDERGRADUATE degree application due.
          October 16 GRADUATE degree application due.

Degree applications must be submitted by these deadlines to ensure your degree status is cleared for you to participate and for your name to appear in the official program.

STEP 4: Share Information With Your Family
Notify your family & guests of the ceremony date and find out if they are attending.  During completion of your Commencement Registration form (Step 5) on MyUAlbany you need to reserve guest tickets (guest tickets are required for the December ceremony).  You can also include your guests’ email address to sign them up to receive commencement updates via email.


STEP 5: Complete Your Commencement Registration Form by November 2
After your degree application submission, the "Commencement Registration" link will become available for you on MyUAlbany. Select the Academic tab on the top of the homepage; then search the left hand navigation for the “Graduation” sub-section and the Commencement Registration form.

ALL DEGREE CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE A COMMENCEMENT REGISTATION to confirm post-graduation contact information which will ensure that your diploma is mailed to your most current address and reserve your guest seats at the ceremony.

STEP 6: Reserve your Guest Tickets
Guest tickets ARE REQUIRED for the main University-Wide Commencement Ceremony. The MyUAlbany Commencement Registration form allows you to request guest tickets.  More information will be sent to you via email about electronic distribution of guest tickets.

We are excited to provide UAlbany graduates, and guests, with an easier means to get your Commencement Tickets!
This year we will be distributing all commencement guest tickets 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 Tuesday, 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.
  • 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.

STEP 7: Purchase Your Cap & Gown and Other Related Items
Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Stop by the University Bookstore to purchase your souvenir bachelor’s and master’s regalia.  The bookstore has high quality, custom Ph.D. regalia available for purchase or rental.

   December 2015 Regalia Deadlines:
Doctoral Candidates: custom made Ph.D. regalia can be purchased through October 26.
        Doctoral Candidates: Ph.D. regalia can be rented through November 9.
        Master’s & Bachelor’s regalia will be available to purchase between October 26 and December 4.

Diploma frames, class rings, announcements and other commencement related items will be available from the University Bookstore beginning October 28.  Contact the University Bookstore for further details:
website or (518) 442-5690.

Other commencement related items can be ordered here:

        Class Rings: or
        Diploma Frames:
Church Hill Classics or Framing Success



Flag Bearer Selection Policy
If you are an international student interested in commemorating your academic achievements at graduation by carrying a flag, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services via email. Please include your full name, student ID, the name of your home country, degree to be earned, department/school or college issuing the degree, and your phone number. If you have questions about selection, please review the Flag Bearer Selection Policy.

Honors Medallion
Anticipated honors status is computed using the cumulative grade-point average as of November 2, and a projection that the student will have earned 56 or more credits at UAlbany, of which a minimum of 40 credits are A-E graded. 

A few weeks prior to graduation the Dean of Undergraduate Education sends out letters notifying students of their anticipated honor status - students may opt to present this letter to the University Bookstore to purchase an honor's medallion to wear as part of their academic regalia.  The final official recorded honors status will be recalculated when final grades are recorded and will appear on the graduate's diploma. 

Legacy Students
The Legacy Program, for a student or alum who has a parent or grandparent who is a UAlbany alum, recognizes families for their continued generational support and helps legacies stay connected through special programs and events.  Reserved seating is available for legacy families at the main university-wide commencement ceremonies.  If you are a Legacy, email 
Loida Vera Cruz with the following information: your name, degree (if applicable), mailing address, phone number and email address. Please also include the same contact information for your family members who also attended UAlbany.

Senior Gift
Leave a lasting legacy by supporting your Class Gift through the UAlbany Fund. The focus of this year’s Class Gift is UAlbany Unite, a fun and interactive fundraising contest for our student groups is online at
where you can donate quickly, and securely, at our online giving page.

All gifts made by the senior class, and their parents, count toward the 2015 Class Gift and students will be listed in a special section of the Commencement Program.

Take Part in Your Alumni Association
We take great pride in each of our graduates and want to ensure your further success.  Further details on all the benefits of your Alumni Association membership are available online at:
Stay Connected. Make UAlbany Stronger!