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    Undergraduate Information

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
You've made it to Commencement!

Now it's time to... Apply to graduate. Register to attend your ceremonies - yes, you have more than one opportunity to celebrate your academic achievements! Order your cap and gown. There are many things undergraduates need to know to prepare for the ceremonies.

Undergraduate Planning Checklist
Confirm your eligibility to participate. Submit your Degree Application if necessary.

If you are planning to complete your degree in Dec. 2019, Jan. 2020, or May 2020: 
Log in to MyUAlbany and select the “Apply to Graduation” link to access the Degree Application form. This is a required form that notifies the University of your intent to fulfill your degree requirements at the end of the current semester.

The degree application deadlines are as follows:

  Fall semester due by December 17, 2019
  Spring semester due by February TBD, 2020

Academic records will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar, who will notify you of your status via your @albany.edu email address. If you have a deficiency, you will have until March TBD, 2020 to correct it, or else your degree application will be withdrawn. 

All application deadlines must be met and FERPA name restrictions released in order to have your name appear in the official printed program. Questions about degree requirements? Review the website or contact degreeservices@albany.edu.

If you have already completed your degree in August 2019:
Skip ahead to the next step if you have already received a diploma and met your degree requirements. Your name will automatically be printed in the Commencement program.

If you will not complete your degree requirements by May 2020 but wish to participate in the 2020 ceremonies: 
Complete the Petition to Walk Early Form by April 9, 2020. To qualify, you must have no more than two classes (8 credits) remaining to complete your degree requirements. A limited number of appeals will be approved based on qualifications and available space. Even if you are approved, your name will not appear in the Commencement program.

Share information with family and friends.

Review the schedule with family and friends, discuss ticket allotments, and determine who is attending what ceremony. If family and friends cannot attend, let them know they can tune in live! Every ceremony will be live streamed and accessible from the Video & Photos page.

Every school and college Recognition Ceremony WILL require guest tickets.

Children two years and older, as well as any current UAlbany students who are attending as guests of the graduate, will require their own guest ticket. Students must reserve guest tickets during completion of the Commencement Registration Form (see next step). 

The University-wide Undergraduate Ceremony does NOT require guest tickets, but you still need to register yourself to participate (see next step).

Direct your guests to visit our Family & Friends page for more information on visiting campus. 

Register to attend your ceremonies and reserve guest tickets.

Completing the Commencement Registration Form allows you to participate in the University-wide Undergraduate Degree Conferral Ceremony and/or your school or college's Recognition Ceremony. While guest tickets are NOT required for the outdoor University-Wide Undergraduate ceremony, this is also where you will obtain tickets for your guests for each of the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremonies.

Register to attend your ceremonies:
All eligible graduates will receive instructions via email to visit Marching Order to complete the Commencement Registration Form. The registration deadline is April TBD, 2020. This deadline must be met in order to participate in the ceremony.  

The Commencement Registration Form is a separate and additional step from the Degree Application Form detailed in the first step. The Degree Application Form must be completed in order to be considered a UAlbany graduate and have your name appear in the official printed program; this Commencement Registration Form must then be completed if you wish to participate in any undergraduate ceremonies.

Reserve your guest tickets:
Every school and college Recognition Ceremony requires tickets (the University-wide Undergraduate Ceremony does not). Children two years and older, as well as any current UAlbany students who are attending as guests of the graduate, will require their own guest ticket. 

A limited number of 'unclaimed' guest tickets will be released and registered students will be notified via email (including a login hyperlink) for a chance to secure extra guest tickets on a first-come, first-served basis until all tickets have been claimed. 

Tickets for the following Undergraduate Recognition Ceremonies will be released on April 30

  • TBD

The Commencement Office is not able to accommodate any extra requests outside of this process.

You can manage your guest tickets up until the day of your ceremonies via Marching Order. Here you can claim and assign email addresses to tickets, print physical tickets, email tickets directly to family and friends, and/or reallocate or release tickets.

Purchase your cap and gown.

Proper academic regalia - including cap, gown and tassel - is required to participate in ALL Commencement ceremonies.

Undergraduate regalia will be available for purchase from April 1 through May 4, 2020 at the University Bookstore. Optional items such as diploma frames, class rings, and announcements are also available.

Academic regalia may be adorned with stoles, ribbons, and other decoration associated with your experience at UAlbany. Adornment must be tasteful, and inappropriate embellishments must be removed at the request of event staff and/or University officials.

Register to attend the Torch Reception

Celebrate Commencement Weekend with fellow graduates, family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni! Take advantage of beautiful evening views around the iconic fountain as you mingle and enjoy hearty appetizers and a signature beverage. Honorary toast and torch lighting will be held at 8:15 p.m. Graduates attend free but must register; guest tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Graduates in attendance will receive a special gift from the Alumni Association at check-in. Click here to register and purchase guest tickets by TBD. No refunds issued after May 9.

Support your Class Gift

The Class Gift is an annual tradition led by UAlbany’s Student Philanthropy Council. It is a way for UAlbany students, parents and families to give back to the University, and serves as a living tribute to great memories, an outstanding education, and a bright future. Support the Class Gift now

Prepare for Photos 

UAlbany partners with Island Photography to professionally photograph our graduates throughout Commencement Weekend. The company will email and/or mail proofs to the students’ address/es on file. Students and families then have the option to purchase photographs if they wish.

NOTICE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MEDIA RECORDING: When you attend any Commencement ceremony, you enter an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such media recording and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction to be used for UAlbany promotional purposes. Read our full photo release here

Stay Connected through the Alumni Association

Once a Great Dane, always a Great Dane! For more than 150 years, the University at Albany Alumni Association has been keeping alumni connected – to each other and to their alma mater. All graduates of the University are automatically considered members of the UAlbany Alumni Association.

If you are a Legacy Graduate with a parent or grandparent who is a UAlbany alumnus/a, visit the Alumni Association’s Legacy Families page for information on reserved guest seating at commencement.