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Convocation Information

The School of Education will recognize Bachelors, Master's, C.A.S. and Doctoral degree recipients at its 39th Annual Convocation Ceremony on:

Saturday, May 9, 2015
12:00 noon
Manley Field House

Graduates should arrive no later than 11:30 am, through the Student Entrance, and prepare to line up behind the blue curtain to the left of the stage.

Students and guests may not bring in purses or bags larger than 10" by 10" in size.

A reception for graduates, families, and guests will be held outside of Manley Field house immediately following the ceremony.

On the day of the event, a live stream of the ceremony will be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Syracuse University Commencement website for further information on:

  • Lodging
  • Qualifications for participation
  • Accessibility and parking for guests with disabilities

Are tickets/RSVP's necessary for Commencement or Convocation?

Tickets are not required for Commencement or Convocation. There is no limit on the number of guests per degree candidate.  You do not need to RSVP for the ceremonies or Convocation reception on the lawn.

What is the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

Each Syracuse University school and college hosts a Convocation on the Saturday before Commencement during which each student walks across the stage for individual recognition. Student awards are presented, and a photographer is present to take a picture of each graduate as they cross the stage.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Syracuse University Chancellor and President Keny Syverud and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., ceremoniously confer degrees at the Commencement ceremony.

What are the qualifications for participation in Commencement?

Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates who plan to complete their coursework by August 2014 are invited to participate in the 2014 Commencement ceremonies. Under extenuating circumstances, candidates who do not meet this requirement may petition their home college(s) for permission to participate.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and fulfill all degree requirements for graduation. Participation in Convocation and Commencement ceremonies does not indicate that degree requirements have been completed.

For questions regarding eligibility in the School of Education, please call the Office of Academic and Student Services at (315) 443-9319.

How can I receive the Commencement information booklet? 

The University's Office of Special Events mails the Commencement information booklets in March to SU students who complete the "File Diploma Request" process on MySlice by mid-February; and to the parents of those undergraduate students who have filed their Diploma Request on MySlice. You can also download a copy of the booklet from the Syracuse University Commencement website.

When and where do degree candidates get caps and gowns?

All degree candidates participating in Convocation and Commencement are required to wear academic dress. The Syracuse University Bookstore coordinates cap and gown distribution. No preordering is necessary. Undergraduate degree candidates will be given their gowns free of charge. Master’s, C.A.S. and doctoral candidates will rent their caps, gowns, and hoods.

Where is parking available for Convocation and Commencement?

Free parking will be available in campus lots and garages. Parking services staff will be directing traffic on Saturday around Manley Field House for the School of Education Convocation.  On Sunday, additional parking is available at Manley Field House with shuttle service to and from the Carrier Dome. Handicap accessible shuttle buses will also run between Manley Field House and the Carrier Dome on Sunday.

Will there be accessible seating for guests in wheelchairs or with mobility limitations?

Guests with mobility limitations or disabilities may sit in an accessible section at Manley Field House.  Ushers will be present to assist guests in finding seating.

Accessible seating is also available at the Carrier Dome during the Sunday, May 11 Commencement ceremony. Visit the University's Commencement website for more information about accessibility at Sunday's event.

More questions about the School of Education Convocation?

Please call Lucianna Diaz in the School of Education Dean's Office at (315) 443-4751.