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Please read the weather advisory for the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies.
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Undergraduate FAQ

Find answers to a few commonly asked questions regarding the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

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Graduate FAQ

Find answers to a few commonly asked questions regarding the Graduate Commencement ceremony.

Commencement Ceremonies:


Saturday, May 19, 2018
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Old Main Quad

Sunday, May 20, 2018
School of Business
School of Education
School of Fine and Performing Arts
School of Science and Engineering

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Old Main Quad


Friday, May 18, 2018
Athletic and Wellness Center
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Note: All commencement communication will continue to be sent to your New Paltz e-mail account through May 2018. There is no rain date for the ceremony. In the event of cancellation due to an emergency or severe weather, information will be posted at 845-257-INFO (4636) and www.newpaltz.edu.


For quickest response, it is recommended that you review the graduate or undergraduate FAQ page on this commencement website. If your question is not answered:


845-257-2603 (leave message)

Weather Advisory - Updated May 19th, 2018

The forecast for the Undergraduate Ceremony on Sunday, May 20, includes possible thunderstorms early. If the rain is light or steady, we will continue with the Commencement ceremony. Please come prepared for  inclement cloudy weather with a high of 75. In the event that a storm rolls in during the ceremony, with the dangers of high winds and lightning imminent, we will move to an abbreviated ceremony in the interest of public safety and comfort. If there is any real danger to the crowd, we will, of course, cancel the ceremony.

In the abbreviated ceremony, we will confer degrees upon our students, but not have students process across the stage individually. That way, we will complete the ceremony, as there is no rain date for commencement at SUNY New Paltz. There is no indoor venue on campus or within a reasonable driving distance that can hold our Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies.

We will have staff monitoring the situation who will alert event coordinators if the dangers of high winds and lightning are imminent.

I would ask that you let your graduate come to you in the event that we disperse early. Or stick to your pre-planned meeting spots.

The faculty and the stage party will head into Old Library.

All commencement receptions will still take place, regardless of weather.