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For detailed information, including driving directions, maps, and more, go to UAlbany's Visitors site.


Parking will be available in the RACC and "Dutch"parking lots, and guests will be directed to these lots by “Event Parking” signs. Free shuttle buses will transport guests from the Dutch lot to the RACC.

A printable map is available detailing parking, shuttle service, disabled guest assistance, and more. This map was mailed to all parents and students in mid April and posted on the web in late April.


The Capital District is home to numerous hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts. Please use this comprehensive list as your guide in making lodging arrangements, but please also feel free to search online at your leisure.

Albany, New York Area Hotel Listing

Disabled Services

The Recreation and Convocation Center is accessible for people with disabilities and is equipped with handicapped accessible rest rooms, telephones and drinking fountains.

A large seating area will be reserved for frail or disabled guests and two family members. Please note that the west entrance provides access for wheelchair users.

Wheelchairs will be available courtesy of the University for transport only if requested in advance. Wheelchairs will not be available for seating during the ceremony. Wheelchairs will not be available for seating duringthe ceremony. Sign-language interpreters will also be provided only if requested in advance.

Guests with hearing impairments, graduating students who wish to sit in close proximity to the sign-language interpreters, and guests and graduating students requiring wheelchairs, wheelchair access and/ or special seating should contact Carolyn Malloch by April 30, 2004 at:

Office of Disabled Student Services
Campus Center 137
Albany, New York 12222

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Guests may take photographs from their seats at the ceremony. However, in order to avoid obstructing the view of others, you are asked not to approach the stage area. The University at Albany has contracted with a commercial photographer who will take a photograph of each graduate receiving his/her certificate on stage and another when the graduate steps down from the stage.

Following Commencement, the photographer will mail photo proofs to the students’ permanent addresses, and families will be able to purchase prints if they wish. Any graduate who does not want to receive proofs will have an opportunity to ask the photographer to remove his/her name and address from the mailing list. UAlbany does not benefit financially from this arrangement; it is provided as a service to graduates and their families. You are not obligated to purchase the photographs.

As it is virtually impossible for parents to get close enough to the stage or procession to get a good photo of their graduating student, we have found that parents appreciate the opportunity to have a high quality photo of the graduates taken professionally.


Official diplomas and final transcripts will be mailed to the graduates’ permanent address six to eight weeks after Commencement. Graduates will receive a congratulatory certificate at the ceremony.

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Official Commencement Programs will be distributed at the ceremony. August and December 2004 degree candidates who applied by the October 1 deadline will be listed in the program.

The Registrar’s Office will be happy to mail a Commencement Program upon request to those who are listed therein but who are unable to attend the ceremony. Requests should be made to:

Office of the Registrar
Campus Center B-25
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Attn: Commencement Program


For your convenience, flowers will be available for purchase in the RACC lobby. Arrangements will include single, half dozen, and full dozen roses, as well as mixed bouquets.

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