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Info for Graduates

Graduate photos

Please visit the Genesee Photo website for professional photos of each graduate, which will be made available for purchase once they have been uploaded.

2020 & 2021 Graduates

For Commencement 2022, we are also welcoming back members of the class of 2020 and 2021 who may not have participated in an in-person ceremony.  Please note: returning alumni that have completed the form by the deadline are required to have Commencement regalia. Find more details below.

COVID Protocols

  • Current students must be in compliance with SUNY’s vaccination requirement. For more information, visit potsdam.edu/prepared.
  • Masks are optional for graduates and guests. Those who are unvaccinated are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others.

2022 Graduates

Eligibility - Who may participate in Commencement?

Undergraduate Students may participate in Commencement if:

  • You have completed 100 academic hours by the end of the fall 2021 semester,
  • AND if you have submitted an Application for Undergraduate Degree.

If you do not meet the 100 hour requirement but can show that you will be within 14 credits of completing your graduation requirements by the end of the spring 2022 semester, and that you will complete them by December 2022, you may participate in Commencement.

Graduate students may participate in Commencement if:

  • You will complete your degree requirements in
    • December 2021,
    • May 2022,
    • August 2022 or
    • December 2022 (with permission from the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education)
  • AND have submitted an Application for Graduate Degree.

Academic Requirements

Your first step toward graduation is to make certain you meet all academic requirements. Here are some steps to follow to ensure you have completed all your requirements:

  • Plan to meet with your adviser soon to review your courses and requirements on BearDEN.
  • Undergraduate students should file the Application for Undergraduate Degree as soon as possible. You can confirm that your application has been received on BearPaws (Academic Transcript) and in BearDen (Graduation Status) 3 days after your application is submitted.
  • Graduate students should file the Application for Graduate Degree as soon as possible.

The Application for Degree also reserves your seat at the Commencement ceremonies.

Financial Obligations (Early April)

  • If you have a Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan, please complete an Exit Interview session.
    • The Office of Student Accounts will contact you regarding Federal Perkins Loans.
    • The Office of Financial Aid will forward instructions for completion of the online Exit Interviews for Federal Stafford Loans.
  • Non-Crane undergraduates who have applied for May graduation will receive a Graduation Status check through email by early May.
    • If you have questions, meet with your adviser or contact the Registrar's Office in Raymond Hall 313.
  • Your student account bill must be paid in full or deferred by Certified Financial Aid to allow the release of your transcripts, final grades and diploma. Updated billing information can be viewed online 24/7 in the Cashnet e-Payment Portal, which can be accessed through BearPAWS using the e-bill link.

Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Honors Cords, Graduation Announcements

Graduates can order caps, gowns, hoods and honor stoles/cords through the College Store. SUNY Potsdam also recognizes Native American traditional attire and military dress uniforms as acceptable regalia for Commencement.

Contact:
Wannita Richards, The College Store
richarwm@potsdam.edu or (315) 267-3274

Senior Portraits for the Class of 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Barrington Student Union, Fireside Lounge

Schedule your session:
www.ouryear.com
School code: 138

If you have any question, please call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (687-9327), Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Portraits will be taken in your own Business Attire as well as Cap & Gown. The Cap/Gown attire will be provided. Please be prepared to provide the photographer with your degree/GPA at the time of the sitting. Portraits can be used for your Professional Networking and Job Search sites. Photo packages start at $159.

Additional Requirements (By April 21)

  • Clear all holds by Thursday, April 21. The College will withhold your transcript and diploma until your obligations are satisfied.
    • Make sure your parking tickets are paid.
    • Library books, keys and borrowed College equipment should be returned.

Specific Questions - Please Contact:

Application to Graduate

Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Honors Cords, Graduation Announcements