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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 fill out the Commencement participation form online at: www.potsdam.edu/current/commencement/participation.cfm

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 on-line form at: http://www.potsdam.edu/current/commencement/facultyorderform.cfm

The College Store must receive your request by March 22, 2016. Orders placed after March 22, 2016 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: www.potsdam.edu/current/commencement/volunteerform.cfm


A meeting will be held on Monday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the 7th floor boardroom of Raymond Hall to review procedures and tasks.

Commencement Ceremony ? Saturday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Lehman Dining Hall

    Commencement Breakfast Buffet

    Breakfast is provided by the Commencement Committee to thank you for participating in this important event. If you plan to attend the breakfast, please RSVP by Wednesday, May 6 by contacting Diane Brown at x2100 or browndr@potsdam.edu
  • 8:00 a.m. - Volunteer check-in begins ? Dexter?s Cafe
  • 9:00 a.m.

    Childcare available in the Merritt Hall Gymnasium until 1:00 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.
  • 10:00 a.m.

    Procession begins to move toward the ceremony site.
  • 10:15 a.m.

    Commencement Ceremony begins.
  • Approximately 1:00 p.m.

    Outside reception to follow ceremony, weather permitting.

Commencement Emergency Weather Plan

A decision to move the ceremony inside will be made no later than 6:00 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

      Visual Arts
    • Business Administration
    • Community Health
    • Crane

      Music Business

      Music Composition


      Music Education


      Music Performance


      Musical Studies
    • 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 9:00 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