Check with your graduate to verify what Stage Crossing time and other Commencement events they have signed up for. View the Schedule of Events page.

Be sure graduates are meeting all deadlines to participate by reviewing the Planning Checklist.

See and review the Know Before You Go event details before attending. 

Graduates may bring up to eight guests. Tickets will not be issued for graduates or guests. 

  • Children 2 years and older count as a guest.
  • Current/fellow UAlbany students count as a guest.
  • For Doctoral: hooding faculty member(s) do not count as a guest.
  • We cannot accommodate extra guest requests due to capacity limits.
  • Stage Crossing: your full party must be with you when you arrive at check-in.
  • Undergraduate Ceremony: guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All Commencement events will be livestreamed on the Commencement website for anyone who cannot attend.

International Guests:

UAlbany is proud that each year many family & friends travel from other countries to celebrate with their graduates at Commencement events.  To assist in this process the Office of International Student & Scholar Services has helpful information on what students can provide to their parents/guests to help establish the purpose of their visit. 

The U.S. Department of State’s website on applying for a visitor visa includes a list of documentation needed. Please note that the “Additional Documentation May Be Required" section includes an important note that letters of invitation are not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa. Therefore, the University at Albany does not issue ‘letters of invitation’ as these letters are likely not usable at the visa interview.