FAQs for Commencement

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Do I need tickets?

Yes, tickets are required for all guests attending the undergraduate ceremonies. There is a four-ticket limit per student so we can be sure that all guests can be seated in the SERC Field House.

Each student who has completed the Application for Graduation by April 5 can claim tickets by logging on to brockportcommencement.com beginning April 15 through May 12. If you need additional tickets, please indicate this while claiming tickets from the system by joining the waitlist. On Sunday, May 12, at midnight, any unclaimed guest tickets will be released, and students will no longer have access to their four tickets. Based on availability, any unclaimed tickets may be reassigned via a random drawing system starting May 14 at 4 pm to students who previously joined the waitlist. If you have been selected for extra tickets, you will receive an email notification and may claim them using the same website and process within the designated time frame.

Due to building occupancy code and to ensure the safety of our guests, all persons entering the SERC Field House 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.

Be sure to arrive early! Guests arriving after 9:15 am for the morning ceremony and after 1:45 pm for the afternoon ceremony will be directed to overflow.

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.

Tickets are not needed for the graduate ceremony.

For those with friends and family that are unable to come to campus, all three 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!

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 2019, the online Application for Graduation must be submitted no later than April 5, 2019. If you do not submit the form by April 5, your name will not appear in the program and you will not be eligible for guest tickets to the 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.

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 Student Accessibility Services may contact their office at (585) 395-5409 or sasoffice@brockport.edu regarding specific arrangements. Deaf faculty, staff and visitors who need consultation regarding more specific interpreting accommodations may contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (585) 395-2126.

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 once the roadway is cleared. Guests may use the main entrance to enter the SERC Field House. 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.

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be available shortly after grades are posted. Please check your Brockport email for notification to let you know when your diploma is ready for pickup. 

You must bring a photo ID. Diplomas not picked up by July 1 will be mailed to you. Diplomas will not be released if you have a hold on your account.

How do I get my cap, gown, and tassel?

You can purchase your cap and gown at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in the Seymour College Union beginning March 27. No advance order is necessary as sizes are assigned by height. For an undergraduate set of cap, gown and tassel, the cost is $56.98. A master’s set with hood is $74.98. The Certificate of Advanced Study sash is also available for purchase at the cost of $22.98.

Undergraduate students who have earned cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors will receive special tassels denoting those honors. See GPA requirements in the College's policy on Academic Honors for Undergraduates.

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 Field House 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 Field House by 9 am; those arriving after 9:15 am will be directed to overflow. 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 Field House by 1:30 pm; those arriving after 1:45 pm will be directed to overflow. 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 (green for undergraduates, black for graduate students). Professional dress is encouraged, and for your safety, flat shoes are recommended.

How long is the ceremony?

Each ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Last Updated 5/7/19

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