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Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Professional Staff Participation

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.

If you plan to process, it is important that you indicate your intention so that a seat will be available for you at Commencement. Please complete the Faculty/Staff Participation Form if you plan to participate in Commencement.

Regalia

Faculty participants are expected to wear appropriate academic regalia. Academic regalia may be purchased or rented through The College Store.

If you need to rent regalia, please submit your request through our online form.

The College Store must receive your request by March 22, 2017. Orders placed after March 22, 2017 will include a $25 charge for express shipping.

RENTAL - Academic Regalia (Fine Quality)

Bachelor

Cap, Gown & Tassel $29.99
Total $29.99

 

Masters

Cap, Gown & Tassel $29.99
Hood $24.99
Total $54.98

 

Doctoral w/ standard mortar board

Cap, Gown & Tassel $37.99
Hood $27.99
Total $65.98

 

Doctoral w/ 6 sided tam and gold tassel

Gown w/ Gold Tassel & Tam $53.99
Hood $27.99
Total $81.98

 

PURCHASE (BDG Collection - same quality as the students)

Bachelor

Cap, Gown & Tassel $37.99
Total $37.99

 

Masters

Cap, Gown & Tassel $41.99
Hood $25.99
Total $67.98

 

Doctoral

Cap, Gown & Tassel $48.99
Hood $30.99
Total $79.98

 

  • Fine Quality Purchases are available, contact Lyndon Lake for details (lakelj@potsdam.edu)
  • All rentals and purchases are subject to NY State sales tax. (4%)

Volunteers

Commencement is the highlight of the academic year and a momentous occasion in the lives of our graduates and their families. It is also 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 on Monday, May 8 at 3 p.m. in the 7th floor boardroom of Raymond Hall to review procedures and tasks.

Commencement Ceremony - Saturday

  • 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Lehman Dining Hall
    Commencement Breakfast Buffet
    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 in the Merritt Hall Gymnasium until 1 p.m. Childcare is free, but 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 - meet Between Crumb Library and Merritt Hall
    Students - East Side of the Crumb Library (between the library and Merritt Hall) - Processional instructions and line up.
     
  • 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. - Lehman Dining Hall
    Commencement Dinner Buffet

    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.

    Menu
    Salad Bar
    Assorted pizzas 

    Station 1
    Pasta with 2 sauces
    Garlic bread/rolls
    Baked shells with spinach ricotta filling
    Meatballs
    Fresh green beans

    Station 2
    Carved roast beef with au jus and horseradish
    Mashed potato/gravy
    Chef’s vegetables
    Baked cod with herbed bread crumbs and butter
    Vegan sweet potato curry
    brown rice

Commencement Emergency Weather Plan

A decision to move the ceremony inside will be made no later than 6 a.m. on Saturday only if extreme weather conditions are forecast (lightning, freezing temperatures, etc).

If the emergency plan is implemented, an email will be sent to all graduates, and an announcement will be made on local radio stations and at www.potsdam.edu/current/commencement

Emergency Ceremony A - 10:15 a.m. - Maxcy Hall Ice Arena

  • Students graduating with the following majors will participate in Ceremony A at 10:15 a.m. in the Ice Arena:
    • Art
      Art History
      Art Studio
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Business Administration
    • Community Health
    • Crane
      Music Business
      Music Composition
      Music Education
      Music Performance
      Musical Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Theatre and Dance
      Dance
      Drama
      Theatre
    • All Students earning Master's Degrees
    • These students should report no later than 9:30 a.m. to the Field House in Maxcy for lineup and processional.
    • Arena Doors will open to guests at 9 a.m.
    • Each student will have 5 guest tickets for this ceremony. Tickets are given to students during the Grad Finale or at the College Store when you pick up your cap and gown.
    • Non-ticketed guests may view the ceremony on a large screen from the Maxcy Hall Gym.
    • A reception for Ceremony A students and guests will be held in the Maxcy Hall Gym following Ceremony A.

Ceremony B - 3 p.m. - Maxcy Hall Ice Arena

  • All remaining students (other than those listed above) will graduate in Ceremony B at 3 p.m. in Maxcy Hall Ice Arena.
  • These students should report no later than 2:15 p.m. to the Maxcy Fieldhouse for lineup and processional instructions.
  • Arena Doors will open to guests at 1:30 p.m.
  • Each student will have 5 guest tickets for this ceremony. Tickets are given to students during the Grad Finale or at the College Store when you pick up your cap and gown.
  • Non-ticketed guests may view the ceremony on a large screen from the Maxcy Hall Gym.
  • A reception for Ceremony B students and guests will be held in the Maxcy Hall Gym following Ceremony B.

Questions - Please Contact

Faculty

 

Regalia Rental

Childcare Registration

  • (315) 267-2100