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Commencement vs Graduation

Is there a Difference Between Graduation & Commencement?

Commencement is often referred to as “graduation” but they are different. Graduation is the official awarding of degrees earned. The commencement ceremony is a celebration of our student's accomplishments. You will not receive a diploma at the commencement ceremony, but you will receive a diploma cover. Confirmation of degree completion will take place once all official grades are posted.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated


Who can Walk

Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the spring semester and are open to students who completed their degree requirements in December and January or students who will complete their degree or certificate requirements in spring or summer. 

Signing Up

All students who will be completing their degree or certificate, must submit a graduation application to be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. Once a student fills out a graduation application, there will be a link to sign up for the commencement ceremony on the graduation application confirmation page.

To ensure your name appears in the printed commencement program and you are eligible to receive tickets for their guests, you must submit your graduation application by noon Friday, April 8, 2022.

Receiving Honors

Students who have earned the required GPA for Latin Honors and earned at least 48 credits at Brockport by the start of the spring semester will receive an Honors Tassel at commencement. Please see the below policies related to graduation honors for undergraduate students.

Academics Honors for Undergraduates Policy

Commencement Website

Receiving your Diploma

Your degree will appear on your official transcript 15-20 days after final grades have been posted. This is the most important proof of degree completion. If you need proof of your degree completed, you can order your official transcript and select hold for degree. Once your degree has been posted, your transcript will be sent out with your conferral date on it.

Once the final review is complete and degree conferrals are completed, your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your application within two to four weeks.

Please notify the Office of Registration and Records immediately of any changes to your address.

Last Updated 7/21/22