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Ceremony Participation

If you plan to be part of the ceremony procession, it is important that you indicate your intention so that a seat will be available for you at Commencement. Faculty participants are expected to wear appropriate academic regalia. Academic regalia may be purchased or rented through The College Store. The links to Register and Order Regalia can be found on the right hand side of this website.

Volunteers

Commencement is the largest event held at SUNY Potsdam and its success requires the help of the entire campus community. If you haven't volunteered before, please consider doing so this year.

Some duties include: distributing Commencement programs, ushering individuals to appropriate locations, answering basic questions for campus visitors and assisting with crowd control. A large number of volunteers are needed to make the ceremonies go smoothly, and your help is genuinely appreciated.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Participation Form. Questions regarding volunteering at Commencement can be directed to Julie Dold.

A meeting will be held in May to review procedures and tasks.

Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, May 19, 2018

7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Commencement Breakfast Buffet
Lehman Dining Hall

Breakfast will be available in Lehman Dining Hall for students, families, faculty and staff. $7.75 Cash and Bear Express, $6.40 Flex, one meal on your meal plan (can only be used by plan holder), or guest pass.

8 a.m.
Volunteer check-in begins

Dexter's Cafe

9 a.m.
Childcare available
Merritt Hall Gymnasium

Childcare is available until 1 p.m. and is free. However, you must register your child by calling (315) 267-2100. Children will be provided with snacks and beverages. Please notify caregivers if your child has allergies or other health concerns.

Before 9:30 a.m.
Faculty and Professional Staff  lineup
Meet between Crumb Library and Merritt Hall

10 a.m.
Procession begins to move toward the ceremony site

10:15 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony begins

Approximately 1 p.m.
Outside reception to follow ceremony (weather permitting)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Commencement Dinner Buffet
Lehman Dining Hall

A dinner buffet will be held in Lehman Dining Hall and will begin serving at 1 p.m. The cost is $12 per person and children under 6 are free. Please RSVP to confirm the number in your party by contacting Susan Towne: townesl@potsdam.edu or 315-267-2657.

Commencement is the highlight of the academic year and is a meaningful occasion for our graduates and their families. All faculty and professional staff are encouraged to honor their students by fully participating in Commencement.