Commencement

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Where do graduates report and when? What time do doors open? What is and is not allowed? What do I wear!?

For answers to these questions and more, please use the links below, which contain detailed information for students as well as family and friends attending UAlbany's various Commencement ceremonies. 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
University-wide Doctoral Ceremony

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
SEFCU Arena

Parking & Shuttles:

  • Parking will be available in the Dutch Quad parking lot which is a short 3-5 minute walk to the SEFCU Arena.
  • University Police Officers will be on hand to manage traffic at the SEFCU Arena turnaround. Only disabled guests may be dropped off in this area. Disabled guest parking, with a valid municipal or government-issued parking tag, will be available in the SEFCU turnaround area and the Athletic Complex Lot (please drop off the guest prior to parking in these lots).
  • Shuttles will be available between Dutch Lot and the SEFCU Arena from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All shuttle buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

STUDENTS:

  • Arrive by 5:00 p.m. and report to the Physical Education Building Gymnasium (PE Gym) for check-in. This is also where your hooding faculty will check in. No tickets are required for students.
  • Bag Check will be required, though the gym is not a secured space so we highly recommend you carry only what you need on your person. 
  • Upon check-in, you will receive a name reader card with your name, program of study, and contact info. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, as you will present it to the staff person on the stage during the ceremony; it is what will be used to introduce you to the audience and to mail photo proofs.
  • Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. If you haven’t already secured your UAlbany Doctoral cap and gown, please visit the Bookstore as soon as possible to address all of your commencement-related needs.
  • After you’ve checked in, you will line up by School or College. Ensure that your hooding faculty member is in line directly behind you.
  • Consider comfortable, low-heeled shoes, as you will be on your feet for some time during the procession and ceremony, and the stage can sometimes be tricky in heels.
  • When the time comes to cross the stage, staff will assist one row at a time in lining up. Be sure that your doctoral advisor, in line directly behind you, has your hood. You will hand your reader card to the staff assistant and, when introduced by your dean, walk to and stop on the “H” marked on the stage floor to be hooded. Once your faculty advisor affixes your hood, proceed to center stage to shake the President’s hand, then proceed to the opposite side of the stage to be photographed and return to your seat.
  • As a sign of respect, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

GUESTS:

  • Doors to the SEFCU Arena will open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are not required for the Doctoral Hooding ceremony.
  • Bag Check will be required for all guests. Though small bags and diaper bags are allowed, we encourage you to travel light to minimize lines and facilitate the bag check process for everyone.
  • Seating is general admission – except for Section 600.
  • During the ceremony, we ask that all guests remain seated to take pictures, out of respect for everyone’s sightlines and because all aisles must be kept clear for emergency access. The jumbotron video screens will simulcast video of the students as they cross the stage and professional photos will be taken of every student. Additionally, all ceremonies will be recorded and eventually posted on the Commencement website.
  • As a sign of respect to graduates and families, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

For additional information regarding directions; Parking & Shuttles; Keepsakes, Gifts & Refreshments; Photography, Videography & Live Streaming; Special Accommodations and more, please visit the Family & Friends page. 

CONGRATULATIONS and we look forward to celebrating with you!

 

University-wide Master's & Graduate Certificate Ceremony

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
SEFCU Arena

Parking & Shuttles:

  • Parking will be available in the Dutch Quad parking lot which is a short 3-5 minute walk to the SEFCU Arena. Traffic will be heavy, so please factor additional time into your travel plans to find parking and get to the venue.
  • University Police Officers will be on hand to manage traffic at the SEFCU Arena turnaround. Only disabled guests may be dropped off in this area. Disabled guest parking, with a valid municipal or government-issued parking tag, will be available in the SEFCU turnaround area and the Athletic Complex Lot (please drop off the guest prior to parking in these lots).
  • Shuttles will be available between Dutch Lot and the SEFCU Arena from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All shuttle buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

STUDENTS:

  • Arrive by 4:30 p.m. and report to the Physical Education Building Gymnasium (PE Gym) for check-in. No tickets are required for students.
  • Bag Check will be required, though the gym is not a secured space so we highly recommend you carry only what you need on your person. 
  • Upon check-in, you will receive a name reader card with your name, program of study, and contact info. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, as you will present it to the staff person on the stage during the ceremony; it is what will be used to introduce you to the audience and to mail photo proofs.
  • Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. If you haven’t already secured your UAlbany cap and gown, please visit the Bookstore as soon as possible to address all of your commencement-related needs.
  • Staff and Marshals will assist you throughout the assembly, but please note you will be lined up by School and College. If there is someone that you would like to sit with, they must stand either in front or behind you in line.
  • Consider comfortable, low-heeled shoes, as you will be on your feet for some time during the procession and ceremony, and the stage can sometimes be tricky in heels.
  • When the time comes to cross the stage, staff will assist one row at a time in lining up. You will hand your reader card to the staff assistant and, when introduced, you will walk to center stage to shake the President’s hand and proceed to the opposite side of the stage to be photographed before returning to your seat.
  • Out of consideration for all graduates and in the interest of keeping the ceremony moving as quickly as possible, please no selfies or photographs on stage.
  • As a sign of respect, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

GUESTS:

  • Doors to the SEFCU Arena will open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tickets - either printed or electronic - are required for all guests and should have been provided to you by your student in advance.
  • Bag Check will be required for all guests. Though small bags and diaper bags are allowed, we encourage you to travel light to minimize lines and facilitate the bag check process for everyone.
  • Seating is general admission – except for Sections 200 and 600.
  • During the ceremony, we ask that all guests remain seated to take pictures, out of respect for everyone’s sightlines and because all aisles must be kept clear for emergency access. The jumbotron video screens will simulcast video of the students as they cross the stage and professional photos will be taken of every student. Additionally, all ceremonies will be recorded and eventually posted on the Commencement website.
  • As a sign of respect to graduates and families, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

For additional information regarding directions; Parking & Shuttles; Keepsakes, Gifts & Refreshments; Photography, Videography & Live Streaming; Special Accommodations and more, please visit the Family & Friends page. 

CONGRATULATIONS and we look forward to celebrating with you!

 

University-wide Undergraduate Ceremony

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Entry Plaza, RAIN OR SHINE

Parking & Shuttles will be available throughout campus, with the following specifics:

  • Colonial Quad and State Quad lots are a short 3-5 minute walk to the Entry Plaza Lawn. Golf Cart services will be available from these lots for frail and elderly guests who need assistance.
  • Overflow parking with handicap-accessible shuttle bus service will be available to and from the Dutch Quad lot to Collins Circle before and after the ceremony.
  • No car drop-offs are allowed at Collins Circle, as it will be closed to all public traffic.
  • A limited number of handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with an appropriate state-issued handicapped tag will be available at the State Quad Faculty lot.
  • University Police Officers will be present on roadways to assist with directions and traffic flow. 

STUDENTS:

  • Arrive by 9:00 a.m. and report to the Small Fountain by the Campus Center on the Academic Podium for check-in. No tickets are required for students.
  • We encourage you to travel light – bags are not allowed and there will be nowhere to leave any personal belongings.
  • Upon check-in, you will fill out a card needed for the professional photographer who will take your photo before you enter your line.
  • Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. If you haven’t already secured your cap and gown, please visit the Bookstore as soon as possible to address all of your commencement-related needs.
  • Staff and Marshals will assist you throughout the assembly, but note you will be lined up by academic groupings based upon your major. Student groups will be denoted on the entrance to the lines, but please try to remember your group number which is listed below. As a reference point, Group 1 will process and be seated nearest the Massry Center for Business, and Group 6 will process and be seated nearest University Hall, with the other groups in between.

    Group 1: School of Business, Mathematics
    Group 2: Communication, East Asian, English, LACS, LLC, SSW, Women’s Studies
    Group 3: Anthropology, Art, Biological Sciences, School of Education, Nano (CNSE), Music & Theatre
    Group 4: Psychology, Africana Studies, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Geography/Planning, Physics, School of Public Health
    Group 5: Sociology, Criminal Justice, CEHC, History, Informatics, Philosophy
    Group 6: Economics, Engineering/Applied Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Rock College
     
  • If there is someone that you would like to sit with, they must stand either in front or behind you in line.
  • Consider comfortable, low-heeled shoes, as you will be on your feet for some time during the procession and ceremony, and the grass lawn can be tricky in heels.
  • Students will stand en mass by School or College to be recognized and will not cross the stage. The undergraduate school/college recognition ceremonies are designed to allow this opportunity; a detailed Schedule of Undergraduate Recognition Ceremonies is available.
  • As a sign of respect, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on the stage after the event.

GUESTS:

  • The Entry Plaza Lawn will be open to guests at 8:30 a.m.
  • No tickets are required.
  • Seating is general admission except for areas designated reserved for Legacy & Flag Bearer families and guests with accessibility needs. The accessibility seating area is reserved for handicapped/frail guests, along with two escorts, and is located adjacent to the Art Museum.
  • To enhance the visibility of the ceremony for all guests, video of the ceremony, including a sign language interpreter, will be simulcast on a large screen behind the stage.
  • During the ceremony, we ask that guests remain seated to take pictures, out of respect for everyone’s sightlines and because all aisles must be kept clear for emergency access. Opportunities do exist for you to see your graduate up close! Professional photos will be taken of every student as they line up, and all ceremonies will be recorded and eventually posted on the Commencement website.
  • As a sign of respect to graduates and families, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on the stage after the event.

For additional information regarding directions; Parking & Shuttles; Keepsakes, Gifts & Refreshments; Photography, Videography & Live Streaming; Special Accommodations and more, please visit the Family & Friends page. 

CONGRATULATIONS and we look forward to celebrating with you!

 

 

Undergraduate Recognition Ceremonies

May 17-19, 2019 at various times
SEFCU Arena and Campus Center Ballroom

Parking & Shuttles will be available throughout campus, with the following specifics:

  • Campus Center Ballroom - the Colonial Quad and State Quad lots are a short 3-5 minute walk to the Campus Center venue.
  • SEFCU Arena - the Dutch Quad lot is a short 3-5 minute walk to the SEFCU Arena venue.
  • Handicap-accessible shuttle bus service will be available throughout the weekend making stops at the hotels on Washington Avenue, the Dutch Quad lot, the SEFCU Arena, and the Camus Center.
  • A limited number of handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with an appropriate state-issued handicapped tag will be available in all parking lots across campus.
  • University Police Officers will be present on roadways to assist with directions and traffic flow. 

STUDENTS:

  • No tickets are required for students.
  • Arrive one hour before the start time of the Campus Center Ballroom ceremonies and report to the Assembly Hall check-in location.
  • Arrive one hour before the start time of the SEFCU Arena ceremonies and report to the Physical Education Building Gymnasium (PE Gym) check-in location. In the PE Gym bag check will be required for all students.
  • We encourage you to travel light – bags are not allowed and there will be nowhere to leave any personal belongings.
  • Upon check-in, you will receive a name reader card with your name, major, and contact info. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, as you will present it to the staff person on the stage during the ceremony; it is what will be used to introduce you to the audience and to mail photo proofs.
  • Proper academic regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. If you haven’t already secured your UAlbany cap and gown, please visit the Bookstore as soon as possible to address all of your commencement-related needs.
  • Staff and volunteers will assist you throughout the assembly and line up process.
  • If there is someone that you would like to sit with, they must stand either in front or behind you in line.
  • Consider comfortable, low-heeled shoes, as you will be on your feet for some time during the procession and ceremony, and the stage can sometimes be tricky in heels.
  • When the time comes to cross the stage, staff will assist one row at a time in lining up. You will hand your reader card to the staff assistant and, when introduced, you will walk to center stage to shake the dean or department chair's hand and proceed to the opposite side of the stage to be photographed before returning to your seat.
  • Out of consideration for all graduates and in the interest of keeping the ceremony moving as quickly as possible, please no selfies or photographs on stage.
  • As a sign of respect, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

GUESTS:

  • Doors open one hour before the start time of all Undergraduate Recognition Ceremonies in the SEFCU Arena and Campus Center Ballroom.
  • Bag Check will be required for all guests in entering the SEFCU Arena. Though small bags and diaper bags are allowed, we encourage you to travel light to minimize lines and facilitate the bag check process for everyone.
  • Tickets - either printed or electronic - are required for all guests at all indoor ceremonies and should have been provided to you by your student in advance.
  • Seating is general admission – except as designated.
  • To enhance the visibility of the ceremony for all guests, video of the ceremony, including a sign language interpreter, will be simulcast on a large screen behind the stage. During the ceremony, we ask that all guests remain seated to take pictures, out of respect for everyone’s sightlines and because all aisles must be kept clear for emergency access. Video screens will simulcast video of the students as they cross the stage and professional photos will be taken of every student. Additionally, all ceremonies will be recorded and eventually posted on the Commencement website.
  • As a sign of respect to graduates and families, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.
  • No students or guests are permitted on or behind the stage at any time.

For additional information regarding directions; Parking & Shuttles; Keepsakes, Gifts & Refreshments; Photography, Videography & Live Streaming; Special Accommodations and more, please visit the Family & Friends page. 

CONGRATULATIONS and we look forward to celebrating with you!