Graduate Commencement Ceremony

We are pleased to invite all graduate students, their families, and guests to the 70th Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

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graduate student being hooded

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2019

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

Time: 4 pm Procession Begins (Students, please arrive by 3 pm for procession line-up.)

Parking: Lots V and V-1

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The Ceremony

Student Assembly & Line-up

Students should arrive by 3 pm and go directly to the Tuttle North Ice Arena to line up. Bring your hood and reader card (included with your cap & gown) with you to line-up. Make sure your reader card is completed on both sides. 


The student procession begins promptly at 4 pm, so family members and friends should be seated no later than 3:45 pm.

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.

Processional & Program

The student processional begins promptly at 4 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 Brockport 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. 

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 25. No advance order is necessary, as sizes are assigned by height. When you pick up your cap and gown set, you will receive detailed information on the Commencement Ceremony.

  • A master’s set with hood is $74.98.
  • The Certificate of Advanced Study sash also is available for $22.98.


graduate students with diplomas

Post-Ceremony Reception

A reception for the new alumni, their families, guests, faculty, and staff will be held following the ceremony, from 5:30 to 6:30 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 Barnes & Noble College Bookstore. The store will be open Thursday, May 14, 8:30 am – 6 pm, and Friday, May 15, 8 am – 6 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.

Island Photography also provides reader cards for use during the ceremony as well as identification cards following the ceremony. Graduates, be sure to fill out your reader card with correct phonetic spelling. Also, be sure to provide the permanent address of where you will be residing after Commencement for accurate delivery of your photos.

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.

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 may be asked to complete a short survey via email or in the waiting area before the ceremony.

We will follow up with you again in the fall with a request to complete the 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

Last Updated 10/27/20

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