Frequently Asked Questions for Graduates

When is the commencement ceremony?
The 2014 commencement ceremony is on Friday, May 16 in the McVean Center Gymnasium. The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. A ticket is required to enter the Commencement ceremony in the gymnasium; however, guests without a ticket are welcome to view the ceremony live via closed circuit telecast in the Sturtz Theater (Room 4-111).

Do I need to pay for my cap and gown?
No, the cost was included in your student life fee. There is no charge at time of ordering.

Where do I get my cap and gown?
You may pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore beginning Monday, May 5.

What should I do if I missed the March 12 deadline for cap and gown orders?
Contact the Bookstore at 315-786-2260 for more information.

What is included in my cap and gown order?
Your order includes the cap, gown, hood, and tassel specific to your program of study. It will also include any special honors or recognitions you received from the college, such as Phi Theta Kappa and Honors stoles, as well as military cords.

Are Commencement announcements included with my cap and gown?
No, but you can purchase them in the Bookstore beginning May 5.

Do I need to return my cap and gown?
No, the cap and gown is yours to keep.

Where do I pick up special recognition items for my cap and gown?
Your order includes any special honors or recognitions you received from the college, such as Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Honors stoles, as well as military cords.

Who do I talk to regarding PTK?
Call Thomas Wojcikowski at 315-786-2289.

When and where is Commencement rehearsal?
Commencement rehearsal is Friday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the McVean Center Gymnasium. It is important that you arrive on time to ensure everyone receives clear instructions for the ceremony.

Do I have to attend rehearsal in order to attend Commencement?
It is strongly recommended that you attend rehearsal. Commencement is a very special moment for most grads and it is important that all participants are prepared in order to ensure the ceremony goes as planned.

Will there be any special events for graduating seniors?
Yes, the college will host a free luncheon the day of graduation beginning at 11:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Commencement rehearsal will be held immediately following the luncheon. There will also be a reception held in the Jules Center Commons for graduates and guests immediately following Commencement.

How many tickets do I receive for Commencement and when can I pick them up?
Each graduate will receive four (4) guest tickets when they pick up their cap and gown in the Bookstore beginning Monday, May 5.

How do I get extra tickets for Commencement?
If there are any extra tickets, they will be made available on a first-come first-serve basis to students who attend Commencement rehearsal.

Can my guest attend Commencement if they do not have a ticket?
A ticket is required to enter the Commencement ceremony in the gymnasium; however, guests without a ticket are welcome to view the ceremony live via closed circuit telecast in the Sturtz Theater (Room 4-111).

Do children need a ticket?
Yes. All children in attendance must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that strollers are not permitted in the gymnasium.

Will childcare be provided?
Jefferson Campus Care will provide free childcare during the Commencement ceremony for children between 18 months and 12 years. Contact Jefferson Campus Care at 315-786-2357 by noon, May 14 to register.

Can I reserve seating for my guests who need special accommodations?
Yes, stop in the Bookstore to complete an accommodative needs seating request form.

Where do graduates need to meet on the night of Commencement?
All participants will line up by their academic division on the Quad by the clock tower beginning at 6:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather the location will be switched to the Jules Center. Robing rooms will be available. Women may robe in room 6-100 and men in room 6-101. You may not leave personal belongings in the rooms. Please be sure to allow extra time to do this, if needed, as the procession to the gymnasium begins at 6:50 pm.

Where do I park?
There will be signs posted in the JCC parking lots directing guests and grads to available parking.

Will there be professional photographs taken of the ceremony?
Yes, a professional photographer will be at Commencement to photograph all graduates as they receive their credentials. Proofs of the photos will be mailed in the weeks following the ceremony and you may place an order at that time.

When do I get my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed in mid-June to the home address you indicated on your application for graduation.