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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.


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 for students, families, faculty and staff, $7.50 per person.

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 Lori Moulton at (315) 267-2391. 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.
There will be a reception with cookies and beverages at the Barrington Student Union following the ceremony.

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

Baked Cod
Stuffed pasta w/sauce
Carved Prime Rib w/mushroom demi-glace
Roasted red potato
Roast vegetable platter
Tossed salad w/assorted dressings
Fruit salad w/berries
Dinner Rolls
Assorted desserts

Children's Menu
chicken fingers
french fries
corn niblets

The cost is $12.50 per person, children ages 6-10 is $7.50 and 5 and under are free. Please RSVP to confirm the number in your party by contacting Susan Towne: 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.