Students must complete an Application for Graduation with the Office of Records and Registration in order to be able to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Due dates are as follows:
May: Feb. 3
August: May 1
December: Sept. 1
Ceremonies: When are they? How Do I participate?
A representative will be available in the campus bookstore to sell rings. The next date is Thursday, March 6th; Noon - 3:00 p.m. or Thursday April 10th; Noon - 3:00 p.m. at the campus bookstore. Students may also order on line at Herff Jones.
Conferral of Degrees
This means you have met all the academic requirements for your graduation, which is finalized by the Office of Records and Registration once all your grades are submitted. The office issues the diplomas six-to-eight weeks after the end of the semester. Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes the August graduates and the December and May candidates for graduation.
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At the Commencement ceremony, candidates do not receive an actual diploma, but will receive a Certificate of Participation in a diploma cover. Your degree will be mailed to your permanent address six-to-eight weeks after the end of the semester by the Office of Records and Registration. Please contact them directly for information pertaining to this.
EOP (Educational Opportunity Program)
You can send faculty members an invitation to your ceremony.
Faculty who need Regalia may order from the bookstore no later than To Be Determined.
First World Graduation
Advisor Kecia Reid
A vendor will be present at each ceremony for families and guests to purchase flowers for the candidates.
Individual Class Recognition
SUNY New Paltz will recognize your graduating class separately. These will be listed individually by graduation month and year in the commencement program booklet. There will also come a point in the ceremony where each group of graduates will be recognized. The bookstore will also be offering graduation year charms which can be worn on the graduation cap tassle.
There will be live streaming of both the Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies. You may view the ceremonies from the comfort of your computer. The website link is www.newpaltz.edu/commencement/ and the ceremony will be archived for six months.
Lost & Found
Faculty who wish to participate in any of the ceremonies must register at my.newpaltz.edu. You will be notified via e-mail when registration is open.
Marshals will be present at each of the ceremonies to assist with the proceedings of the day. Look for people wearing orange Commencement shirts for the May ceremonies. Any faculty who wish to help out can sign up at my.newpaltz.edu when the announcement arrives via e-mail.
2013 Marshal Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements at Old Main Quad (2013 to be updated shortly)
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This is the line of march. It begins with the candidates according to college/school and majors, all of which are alphabetical, then the faculty and finally the Stage Party. Undergraduate | Graduate
Candidates need to register with the office of Records and Registration to participate in the ceremony.
Please contact the individual residence hall or housing office for closing date/time.
- SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Front lawn of van den Berg Hall (in the event of rain, reception will be held in the lobby of van den Berg Hall)
- SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: The Terrace
- SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS: College Theater lobby (McKenna Theatre)
- SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING: To Be Determined
- COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES: North and South lobbies of the Lecture Center
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP) RECEPTION: Student Union Building 62/63
GRADUATE RECEPTION: The Terrace Restaurant
Study Abroad Sashes
The Bookstore will be ordering sashes for the study abroad students for students who did not preorder by the March 22nd due date. The price for the Study Abroad/International Stole sash is $35. If you missed the pre-order due date, you will be able to purchase a sash at the bookstore beginning Tuesday, April 29 2014.The bookstore's phone number is 845-257-3050.
Seating and Procession Diagram
Call 845-257-INFO (4636) for cancellation information due to an emergency or inclement weather. A message will be recorded if there are any changes in the schedule. Any cancellations or changes will also appear on the New Paltz website. There are no rain/snow dates for commencement. ceremonies.
Yearbooks are organized and sold through the Student Association.