Graduate Ceremony

Students at Commencement

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Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Location: The SERC Field House (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 68th Graduate Commencement Ceremony in the SERC Field House.

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.

The Commencement address will be given by Dr. Faith Prather, associate professor of public administration.

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 also find us on Facebook and Twitter! We will post information and updates daily leading up to Commencement and tweet play-by-play updates on Commencement day.

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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 2018 Commencement ceremony, the Application for Graduation should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than April 6, 2018, to ensure that your name will appear in the Commencement program. If you completed your degree in December 2017 or January 2018, or if you will be completing your degree requirements in May 2018, August 2018, or December 2018, you must complete the Application for Graduation online through 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

All ceremony participants must wear black caps and gowns, which may be purchased at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in Seymour College Union beginning March 28. No advance order is necessary, as sizes are assigned by height. A master’s set with hood is $74.98. The Certificate of Advanced Study sash also is available for $22.98.

Students getting ready for Commencement

Post-Ceremony Reception

A reception for the new alumni, their families, guests, faculty, and staff will be held following the ceremony, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the SERC Field House. Please join us as we celebrate your success.

Announcements and Gifts

Announcements, commemorative items, and gifts are available for sale at the Bookstore. The store will be open Friday, May 11, 8:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, May 12, 8:30 am – 4 pm. For more information, call the Bookstore at (585) 395-2554.

Photographs of Graduates

Island Photography 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.

Registering with Island Photography 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.

Directions and Parking

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

Directions to The College at Brockport

Plan to enter the campus via Commencement Drive (off Route 31). 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 Field House. 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 the Office of Affirmative Action at (585) 395-2126.

First Destination Survey

The College at Brockport, like all higher education institutions, is required to report on employment and educational outcomes for new graduates. You will be contacted in fall 2018 as part of Brockport’s annual First Destination Survey. Completing the survey will only take a few moments, and knowing what our graduates are doing is critical for the College. We use aggregate survey responses to provide required information to governmental organizations and accrediting bodies. We also use the information to continue to improve our programmatic offerings as well as to support current students and alumni in pursuing their career goals. First Destination Survey results are available online. Please take a few minutes to respond when you are contacted. If you have any questions, please contact Career Services at Thank you.

New graduate Mike Andriatch with President Macpherson

Last Updated 3/15/18

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