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: 


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:

The College Store must receive your request by March 11, 2016. Orders placed after March 11, 2016 will include a $25 charge for express shipping.

RENTAL - Academic Regalia (Fine Quality)


Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $22.35
Total  $52.30


Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $24.95
Total  $54.90

Doctoral  w/ standard mortar board 

Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $27.95
Total  $65.90

Doctoral w/ 6 sided tam and gold tassel

Gown w/ Gold Tassel & Tam
Hood  $27.95
Total  $81.90

PURCHASE  (BDG Collection – same quality as the students)


Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $23.95
Total  $60.90


Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $25.95
Total  $65.90


Cap, Gown & Tassel
Hood  $30.95
Total  $79.90

  • All rentals and purchases are subject to NY State sales tax.  (3%)


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:
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
  • 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

Emergency Ceremony A – 10:15 a.m. – Maxcy Gymnasium

  • All Crane, Visual Arts, and Theatre and Dance Majors, plus all Graduate Students will graduate in Ceremony A at 10:15 a.m. in Maxcy Gym. Other majors will graduate in Ceremony B.
  • 8:00 a.m. - Volunteer check-in, Maxcy Fieldhouse.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Faculty should report to the Maxcy Fieldhouse to line up. The stage party should report to Dexter's for robing; from there, the stage party will be transported to Maxcy.
  • Ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • A reception for Ceremony A students and guests will be held in the Ice Arena lobby following Ceremony A.

Emergency Ceremony B – 3 p.m. – Maxcy Gymnasium

  • All remaining students (other than Crane, Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance and Graduate Students) will graduate in Ceremony B at 3 p.m. in Maxcy Gym.
  • 1:00 p.m. Volunteer check-in, Maxcy Fieldhouse 
  • 2:00 p.m. Faculty & Stage Party, report to Maxcy Fieldhouse to line up.
  • Stage party will process first, followed by the faculty, and form funnel at the stairs. Students will process through faculty and stage party lines. 
  • Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
  • A reception for Ceremony B students and guests will be held in the Maxcy Fieldhouse following Ceremony B.

Questions? Please Contact


Regalia Rental

Childcare Registration

  • (315) 267-2100