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Commencement Receptions, Events and Ceremonies for Graduates

Senior BBQ

The Senior BBQ takes place on Friday, May 16, from 3:30 to 6 pm. Join us on the campus mall just outside the Seymour College Union for a chance to mingle and celebrate with your family and friends, faculty, staff and fellow graduates. (Rain location: Brockway Dining Hall.) Graduating seniors that register in advance for the BBQ eat free. Reservations are required to reserve your spot. Please register by Sunday, May 11. Register or get more details here.

Senior Activities and Programs

There are many activities and programs planned for seniors during the spring semester to recognize the significant accomplishments of the graduating class and offer social opportunities to celebrate this important milestone.

Commencement Festivities

All graduates are invited to attend receptions following the Nursing, Teacher's Certification, Graduate, Undergraduate Morning and Undergraduate Afternoon ceremonies.

Graduates and undergraduates are also encouraged to attend the departmental receptions, events and ceremonies listed below.

Military Science (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony

Friday, May 16
Cooper Hall, NY Room
1 pm
Reception follows

Biological Sciences Reception

Friday, May 16
Lennon Hall, Lobby
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Honors College Student Ceremony

Friday, May 16
Cooper Hall, NY Room
4 pm
Reception follows

Graduation Dances Event
2014 Department of Dance graduates
present their final performance

Friday, May 16
Hartwell Theater
6:30 pm performance

Reception in Lobby between performances
8 pm performance

Department of History Recognition

Saturday, May 17
Cooper Hall, NY Room
10:30 am
Reception follows

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computational Science and Physics Reception

Saturday, May 17
Smith Hall, Foyer
Immediately following
undergraduate morning ceremony

Political Science and International Studies Reception

Saturday, May 17
Brown Building,
2nd Floor Lounge by Room 232
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Earth Sciences Reception

Saturday, May 17
Lennon Hall, Room 302
11:30 am

Delta College Reception

Saturday, May 17
Delta College Resource Room
11:30 am – 1 pm

Social Work Reception

Saturday, May 17
Seymour College Union, Gallery
Noon – 1:30 pm

Women and Gender Studies Reception

Saturday, May 17
Dailey Hall, Room 201

Commencement Services

Dedication Booklet

If you’re graduating this spring, take this chance to recognize your families, friends, teachers or anyone who has helped you get this far. For just $5, you can submit your message in the 2014 dedication booklet. Simply complete the online submission form. All dedication forms must be submitted by April 18.

Sample Dedication Message: Thomas Johnson ’13 “I would like to thank my parents, Ann and John, for their never-ending support and encouragement. I could not have made it without you. I love you both very much!”

Dedication booklets will be handed out at the Brockport Foundation tables at Commencement. Be sure to pick up your copy!

For more information, please contact Jennifer Battisti, annual giving coordinator, at (585) 395-5895 or

Bookstore Hours

Don’t forget to pick up a College at Brockport memento before you leave! 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 (585) 395-2554 or visit the Bookstore website.

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

All undergraduate ceremony participants must wear green gowns, caps and tassels and graduate ceremony participants must wear black caps and gowns. Both gowns may be purchased from the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in Seymour College Union beginning April 2. No advance order is necessary, as sizes are assigned by height. Undergraduate sets are $48.98. A master’s set with hood is $62.98. The Certificate of Advanced Study sash is also available for purchase for $19.98.


Frame your accomplishments in style with a frame from Framing Success. Visit the Bookstore in the Seymour College Union or to order yours today. Additional commemorative items and gifts are also available at the Bookstore.

Food at the Ceremony

For the convenience of our guests, snacks and beverages may be purchased in the Eagle’s SNAX concession stand located just outside the SERC House of Fields for both the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.

Yellow Rose Bouquet from Arjuna Florist

Present your graduate with a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses and baby's breath on Commencement day! Each bouquet will be tied with a green ribbon to match The College at Brockport's school colors. Bouquets will be ready for pick-up at the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies. The pick-up table will be located at our clearly marked station near the entrance to the Commencement ceremonies. For 39 years, Arjuna Florist has been dedicated to quality and guarantees you will be satisfied. Deadline for orders is Thursday, May 15. Order your bouquet now.

Last Updated 4/24/14