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SUNY Potsdam to Celebrate Class of 2024 at Commencement

May 7, 2024
SUNY Potsdam Prepares to Honor Nearly 1,200 Graduates at Commencement on May 18 

SUNY Potsdam will celebrate its 204th Commencement on Saturday, May 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Academic Quad. To learn more, visit

The State University of New York at Potsdam will honor the Class of 2024, as hundreds of students earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees, during the College’s 204th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18. 

This year, SUNY Potsdam is set to honor nearly 1,200 candidates for graduation, including all students who earned their degree or were eligible to graduate in 2023-24. Of those, 459 bachelor’s graduates and 305 master’s graduates are currently set to cross the stage during the ceremony. 

The College will hold its Commencement Ceremony outside in the Academic Quad, rain or shine, unless there are extreme weather conditions. Guests are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, and bring umbrellas, blankets or sunscreen if needed. There will be an option for guests who are uncomfortable with weather conditions to watch the ceremony live on a large screen inside, in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. 

For family and friends around the world, SUNY Potsdam will stream the ceremony live on the College’s YouTube channel again this year. 

There is an emergency weather plan for Commencement, in case of extreme conditions like lightning or freezing temperatures. Under the emergency plan, there would be two ceremonies held back-to-back, at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., in the Maxcy Hall Ice Arena. Graduates would be divided into two groups and given four tickets for guests. Overflow seating would be made available in the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium. 

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held for graduates and guests. 

To learn more about Commencement at SUNY Potsdam, visit 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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