Note: All commencement communication will continue to be sent to your New Paltz e-mail account through May 2017. There is no rain date for the ceremony. In the event of cancellation due to an emergency or severe weather, that information will be posted at 845-257-INFO (4636) and www.newpaltz.edu.
Friday, May 19, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Athletic and Wellness Center at SUNY New Paltz
All candidates must first complete an Application for Graduation with the Records and Registration Office by the deadline dates listed below. If you have missed this date, please go directly to Records and Registration or contact them at extension 3100.
Application due dates if you're planning to graduate in:
May 2017: Feb. 1, 2017
August 2017: March 1, 2017 if you plan to walk in the May commencement ceremony. May 1 if you're planning to walk next year.
December 2017: Sept. 1, 2017
If you are planning to participate in the May 2017 Commencement Ceremony, please pre-order ASAP to ensure your correct cap & gown size. The last date to order online is Monday, March 27, 2017. Please order directly through the Herff Jones website.
Please note: Caps and gowns are royal blue to match the school colors.
If you do not pre-order your cap and gown, the campus bookstore will be selling them beginning Friday, April 28, 2017. Pre-orders may also be picked up on this date. Graduation year charms will be available free of charge, which are attached to your tassel. Any other extras will need to be purchased. For questions on sizing and exchanges, please contact the Bookstore directly at 845-257-3050 or visit the store Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
Orders placed on line by Monday, March 27, 2017: $82.00
Orders placed on line by Thursday, April 20, 2017 to be shipped home: $82.00 + shipping
Orders placed on line by Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to be shipped home: $82.00 + shipping (shipping charges will be higher)
Cap & Gown unit purchased directly at the bookstore beginning Friday, April 28, 2017: Master Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Hood: $87.00
Master's units are purchased and must be worn by all participants. We do not rent master's units.
Rings, announcements, diploma frames and other memorabilia may still be ordered through the Herff Jones website.
Stoles can be pre ordered through the Herff Jones website no later than Monday, March 27, 2017 and can be picked up at the bookstore beginning Friday, April 28, 2017. The price of stole is $35.00. The bookstore will also have stoles if you miss the pre-order date of Monday, March 27, 2017. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
**Advance guest tickets are no longer available**
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the Athletic & Wellness Center:
Student Participation Ticket:
These will be distributed at line up in the Elting Gym. You will need your confirmation number and New Paltz or photo ID.
Wednesday May 3 or Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Lecture Center 100
This brief session will help you better understand how your graduation will unfold and what you need to know for your guests. Your attendance is encouraged.
Lineup for the ceremony begins at 5:00pm. The lineup location will be in the Elting Gym inside the Athletic and Wellness Center. Line up is by College/School and degree. Marshals will assist in lining up the candidates.
Where does my individual school sit?
This is a special day for all graduates, family, and friends. Please help us honor all members of this year's graduating class by encouraging your student to stay through the entire commencement ceremony. This expectation is a courtesy to all students, especially those whose names are called later in the program.
There are designated handicap spaces in the lot available for people with the appropriate parking hangtags displayed and/or license plates.
**Note: There will also be a shuttle bus for our guests in need of assistance.
Yes. Students will be sent an e-mail about reserving a spot(s) for guests with disabilities. Groups including guests in wheel chairs should contact the Commencement Office at email@example.com by Friday, May 5, 2017 to reserve seating in disability seating area.
1. Groups including guests in wheel chairs must contact the Commencement Office by Friday, May 5, 2017 to reserve seating in the disability seating area.
2. Up to four (4) guest tickets can be reserved.
3. Please include the following information when reserving:
a. How many spots would you like to reserve? Up to four tickets only.
b. Does the individual use a wheelchair or walker?
c. Indicate that this is for the graduate ceremony.
d. If possible, the e-mail of your guest so we can forward a detailed map of the disability seating section and parking.
You can view the reserved disability seating location below. A copy of this map and parking information will also be sent to your guests after Friday, May 5, 2017.
Please send the Commencement Office an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know of any changes.
Yes. Your guests may also view the ceremony from the comfort of their computer/device. The ceremony will be archived for six months.
The stream can be viewed on the SUNY New Paltz home page.
We highly recommend that you consider one of these alternative driving directions to get to campus on graduation day.
From New York State Thruway Exit 18:
Turn left at the traffic light after toll booth. Turn left at first traffic light on to South Putt Corners Rd. Follow that road to the end. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Route 32. After approximately 1 mile, you will see several campus entrances on the left side of the road.
From New York State Thruway Exit 17:
To avoid Main Street entirely and possible congestion on the Thruway between exits 17 and 18, use the following directions from Exit 17 (Newburgh): After the toll booth, follow the signs to Route 300 North. At the light, turn left on to Route 300 North. After about 3 miles, continue straight onto Route 32 North. After about 14 miles, you will see several campus entrances on the left side of the road.
You may also view a complete list of driving directions.
**Note: a shuttle bus will be provided for guests who may need assistance to the Athletic and Wellness Center.
In March, we sent a Parent Guide to the parent or guardian addresses we have on file. This brochure will explain the details of commencement including date/time/location/tickets/maps and information pertaining to the commencement process.
A sign language interpreter will be on site to translate the entire commencement ceremony.
Yes. Candidates who reserved August 2016, December 2016, and August 2017 degrees can walk in May 2017. Please check with the Records and Registration directly for questions concerning credits and your degree.
Commencement is a formal ceremony; please dress accordingly. The general rule is light weight, non-restrictive clothing. Men do not have to wear jackets, but should wear a shirt and tie. Please do not wear shorts, jeans, or sweatpants. Shoes should be securely fastened to your feet and women should avoid high heels due to uneven ground.
It is recommended that candidates try on their master's units before the day of the ceremony to make sure they fit correctly and are presentable. Candidates are not permitted to accessorize their gowns other than cords or sashes from recognized organizations and departments on campus.
No. To get the wrinkles out, just take the gown out of the bag and hang it up for a few days before the ceremony. This allows time for the fabric to relax. DO NOT iron the gown. The direct heat will destroy the fabric.
SUNY New Paltz will separately recognize your graduating class. These classes will be listed individually by school, graduation month and year in the commencement program booklet. There will also be a point in the script where each group of graduates and candidates will be formally recognized by the President during the ceremony. The bookstore will also be offering graduation year "charms" that can be worn on the graduate cap tassel.
Please go directly to the bookstore, which is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Yes, but please call for times.
If you are unsure of the titling of your specific degree, check with Records and Registration at 845-257-3100, or contact your adviser.
No, the official diploma is not presented at Commencement. Diplomas will be mailed to the candidate's permanent address approximately six-to-eight weeks after Commencement from the office of Records and Registration. A diploma cannot be issued until all obligations, such as library fees, parking tickets, etc., are cleared.
Any questions about your degree can be answered by Records & Registration.