UAlbany 2020 Commencement

As we continue to take the necessary steps to combat COVID-19, we have made the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone our May 2020 Commencement ceremonies. By sharing this news now, we hope to provide you and your families with adequate time to adjust expectations and travel plans. We know that this is a major disappointment, but given the circumstances, it was simply unavoidable. 

Please know that this change will not affect the awarding of your degree. As usual, students who complete their degree requirements in time for spring 2020 conferral will receive their diplomas by mail. For more details, please see the information below. 

We know that you have worked very hard to reach this critical milestone. As an institution of higher education, we hold dear the history and traditions of our commencement ceremonies to celebrate your success and the completion of your degree. However, at this time we must focus on two primary concerns: first, your health and safety; and second, supporting you to reach the finish line of graduation—especially in this new remote learning environment.  

As you may know, a national conversation has emerged about how to address commencement delays and the many ways that we can celebrate the success and achievements of our students. Please know that a dedicated team of UAlbany staff is already reviewing different possibilities, and we will share details with you about our plans as soon as possible. 

Again, we share your disappointment, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this and many other unprecedented challenges. As Great Danes, we pitch in, we persevere, and we will get through this together! 

 

Will I still receive my degree even if there is no Commencement ceremony? 

Yes! As usual, students who have submitted a degree application, and have met all degree requirements, will be awarded their degrees upon review by the Registrar’s Office (undergraduate) and the Graduate School (graduate). 


When will I receive my diploma? 

Once final grades are submitted, the Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School will begin reviewing degree requirements for all applicants.  You will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office or the Graduate School when your degree has been awarded. Information about the receipt of diplomas will be included in that e-mail. 

It is unknown if COVID -19 will have any impact on the production/mailing of diplomas. Diplomas are mailed to your permanent or degree address on file with the University. 


Will I receive my transcript? 

You will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office or the Graduate School when your degree has been awarded. Once your degree has been awarded, you can view the degree on your unofficial transcript via MyUAlbany

Official transcripts can be obtained via the Registrar’s official order site


Has a new date been scheduled for Spring 2020 Commencement? 

A national conversation has emerged about how to address commencement delays and the many ways that we can celebrate the success and achievements of our students. A dedicated team of UAlbany staff is reviewing different possibilities, and details will be shared as soon as possible. Please continue to check your @albany.edu email address, as well as the University’s Commencement website


Will Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 graduates be invited to participate in future plans? 

Yes, if a student earned a degree in either August 2019, December 2019, or January 2020, they will be invited to participate in a future celebration event. Spring 2020 students must still complete a degree application to receive their May 2020 degree and be invited to participate. 


What about my cap and gown? 

The University Bookstore is closed until further notice. Most regalia rentals and sales had not yet begun; however, if you have any questions please contact the bookstore directly. As noted upon ordering: custom doctoral regalia sales were/are final.