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FAQs for Commencement

Do I need tickets?

Yes, tickets are required for all guests attending the undergraduate ceremonies. There is a five-ticket limit per student so we can be sure that all guests can be seated in the SERC House of Fields. Each student who has completed the  Application for Graduation by April 11 can claim tickets by logging on to brockportcommencement.com beginning April 21. On  Friday, May 2, at midnight , any unclaimed quest tickets will be released and students will no longer have access to their five tickets. These tickets can then be claimed by other students who need more quest tickets. On Tuesday, May 6, at 4 pm, a limited amount of additional tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis using the same website and process.

Due to building occupancy code and to ensure the safety of our guests, all persons entering the SERC House of Fields must have a ticket, except for those under two years of age. Any child under two must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult.

For guests without tickets, we are offering an on-campus alternate viewing location in the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium in Tuttle, where the ceremonies will be streamed live. Or, for those with friends and family that are unable to come to campus, the undergraduate ceremonies will be streamed live on the College’s website. Your friends and family will be able to watch you graduate from anywhere in the world. Make sure you invite them to join us!

No, tickets are not needed for the graduate ceremony. For those with friends and family that are unable to come to campus, the graduate ceremony will be streamed live on the College’s website. Your friends and family will be able to watch you graduate from anywhere in the world. Make sure you invite them to join us!

Are there special accommodations for those with disabilities?

Interpreting services will be provided on stage for the deaf during the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies. Two large video screens on either side of the stage will enhance your ceremony viewing. 

Deaf students working with the Office for Students with Disabilities may contact the office at (585) 395-5409 regarding specific arrangements. Deaf faculty, staff and visitors who need consultation regarding more specific interpreting accommodations may contact Christa Aldrich in the Affirmative Action Office at (585) 395-2109.

For the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies, mobility impaired guests can be dropped off in the loop outside the SERC main entrance. The loop will close at the end of the ceremony and reopen after guests have exited SERC. Guests may use the main entrance or the side entrance to enter the SERC House of Fields. Drivers can park in lots V or V-1. There will be limited handicapped parking available in lot V for cars with official handicap identification.

Guests with disabilities should plan to arrive early for the best seating availability. For guests with wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility impairments that are unable to navigate the bleachers, ground-level seating will be available. This seating is limited, and we ask that our mobility impaired guests choose one family member to accompany them in the reserved seating. This seating is first come, first served.

Is there anything I need to do to make sure I am eligible to walk at the Commencement ceremony?

If you plan on attending a Commencement ceremony in May 2014, the online Application for Graduation must be submitted no later than April 11, 2014. If you do not submit the form by April 11, your name will not appear in the program and you will not be eligible for guest tickets to undergraduate ceremonies. If you have questions regarding your degree requirements or online application to graduate, email Registration and Records at degree@brockport.edu or visit the Rakov Center for Student Services.

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas and a Commencement program will be mailed during late summer, once all requirements for graduation are confirmed.

How do I get my cap, gown and tassel?

You can purchase your cap and gown at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in Seymour College Union beginning April 2. No advance order is necessary as sizes are assigned by height. For an undergraduate set of cap, gown and tassel, the cost is $48.98. A master’s set with hood is $62.98. The Certificate of Advanced Study sash is also available for purchase at the cost of $19.98. 

What time should I arrive?

Students in the graduate ceremony must be assembled inside the Tuttle North Ice Arena by 4 pm. Guests should be seated in the SERC House of Fields by 4:45 pm. The ceremony starts promptly at 5 pm.

Students in the morning undergraduate ceremony must be assembled inside the Tuttle North Ice Arena by 8:30 am. Guests should be seated in the SERC House of Fields by 9 am. The ceremony starts promptly at 9:30 am.

Students in the afternoon undergraduate ceremony must be assembled inside the Tuttle North Ice Arena by 1 pm. Guests should be seated in the SERC House of Fields by 1:30 pm. The ceremony starts promptly at 2 pm.

What should I wear?

All ceremony participants must wear The College at Brockport’s Commencement cap and gown. Professional dress is encouraged, and for your safety, flat shoes are recommended.

How long is the ceremony?

The graduate ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

The undergraduate ceremonies will each last approximately 90 minutes.

Last Updated 2/24/14

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