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Graduate Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

Location: The SERC House of Fields (No tickets are required.)

Time:  5 pm (Students, please arrive by 4 pm for procession line-up.)

Parking: Lots V and V-1

The College at Brockport is pleased to invite all graduate students, their families, and guests to the 64th Graduate Commencement Ceremony in the SERC House of Fields.

Students should arrive by 4 pm and go directly to the Tuttle North Ice Arena to line up. The student procession begins promptly at 5 pm, so family members and friends should be seated no later than 4:45 pm.

Department faculty will hood each student individually, and their name will be read as they walk across the stage. Graduates will receive a diploma cover compliments of the Alumni Association, Brockport Student Government, and the College. The ceremony should last approximately 90 minutes. We ask that everyone in attendance — students, family members, and guests — remain seated throughout the entire ceremony until the student recessional has concluded.

Please note:

  • Balloons are not allowed inside the SERC.
  • The College at Brockport is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please read our policy.

You can stay up-to-date on Commencement news by liking B-port Countdown to Commencement on Facebook or by following the Twitter hashtag #bportcommencement. On Commencement day, look for play-by-play updates on Twitter.

Facebook logo Twitter logo The 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!

Eligibility and Requirements for Graduation

If you plan on attending the May 2014 Commencement ceremony, the Application for Graduation should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than April 11, 2014, to ensure that your name will appear in the Commencement program and to be eligible to claim guest tickets. If you completed your degree in December 2013 or January 2014, or if you will be completing your degree requirements in May 2014 or August 2014, you must complete the online Application for Graduation that can be found at the Campus Information System (Web Banner).

If you have any questions, please email

Remember, participation in the Commencement ceremony and listing in the program does not constitute official graduation or conferral of degree.

Caps and Gowns

graduationAll ceremony participants must wear black caps and gowns, which may be purchased at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in Seymour College Union beginning April 2. No advance order is necessary as sizes are assigned by height. A master’s set with hood is $62.98. The Certificate of Advanced Study sash also is available for $19.98.

Balfour will be on campus outside the Bookstore in the Seymour College Union April 2 and 3 from 10 am – 3 pm, taking orders for personal announcements and rings. If you are unable to stop by, contact the Bookstore by April 4 to order personalized announcements, or check the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore website for a link to order online. Generic announcements, commemorative items and gifts are also available for sale at the Bookstore. The Bookstore will be open Friday, May 16, 8:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, May 17, 8:30 am – 4 pm. For more information, call the Bookstore at (585) 395-2554.

Photographs of Graduates

Grad Images takes photographs of graduates as they walk across the stage. Proofs and purchase information will be mailed to each student’s home address in the summer.

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Registering with GradImages® provides the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try.

Post-Ceremony Reception

The Brockport Alumni Association will host a reception for the new alumni, their families, guests, faculty and staff following the ceremony, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the SERC House of Fields. Please join us as we celebrate your success.

Directions, Parking and Campus Map

Since traffic delays are unavoidable, guests should plan to arrive early and allow extra time to get seated in the SERC House of Fields.

Directions to The College at Brockport

Plan to enter the campus via Commencement Drive (off Route 31). Get our Campus Map.

Please park on the west side of the SERC in Lots V or V-1. No parking permit is required.

Access and Seating for Mobility Impaired

Mobility impaired guests can be dropped off in the loop outside the SERC main entrance. Guests may use the main entrance or the side entrance to enter the House of Fields. Drivers can park in Lots V or V-1. Handicapped parking spaces are available in Lot V.

Plan to arrive early for the best seating availability. We have ample floor seating for guests with wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility concerns.

Interpreting Services for the Deaf

Interpreting services will be provided at the ceremony. 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.

Brockport Alumni Association

Congratulations, Brockport graduates!

graduationThere are many opportunities for you to get involved and stay connected with the College as you join more than 80,000 Brockport alumni around the world. As you leave here upon your graduation, be proud of your Brockport degree and build on the excellent foundation you received here.

We invite you to stay engaged with your alma mater through our various volunteer opportunities or by attending alumni events. More information can be found at the Brockport Alumni Association website. Whether you are staying in the Rochester area or leaving the area, the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) program is a great avenue to stay engaged with your alma mater. Congratulations once again on your achievement! Remember to get involved, stay connected and make your Brockport family proud!

Alumni Placement Survey

As a new graduate, you will be contacted concerning the annual Alumni Placement Survey during fall 2014. This information is critical for the College, as it is used to guide current and prospective students in their career choices. It also helps the College improve the education we offer and thus the outcomes for our graduates. Reports on completed survey results are available online. Please take a few minutes to respond when you are contacted. Thank you.

Last Updated 5/9/14