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Graduate's Checklist

The big day is almost here! Use this checklist to prepare for graduation and to participate in the Commencement 2021 ceremonies.

Important Event Information

Arrival: Parking and Check-In

  • Graduates will enter and exit at the north end of the Marano Campus Center (Zamboni entrance). This entrance and exit location are exclusive to our graduates.
  • Parking for graduates is available in the E-1 lot.
  • See the Graduate/Guest Parking and Check-In map (PDF) 
  • Please arrive early; compliance check-in will open 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • All graduates will check in at this dedicated location to allow college staff to verify testing and vaccination.

Please note that your guests will enter the Marano Campus Center Convocation Arena at the main circle entrance (south side of the building) and proceed to their seats.

Remember to Bring

  • Graduates must have their printed ticket or e-ticket to gain access to the ceremony and will be asked several health screening questions before entry.
  • Please also bring your name card (which will be presented to the reader during the ceremony just before you are recognized and cross the stage). For those who do not have a name card, representatives from the Registrar’s Office will be on site to assist.

During the Ceremony

  • All graduates must wear a face-covering (mask) at all times before, during and after the ceremony and while on college grounds, regardless of vaccination or testing status. Graduates will be allowed to remove their masks when they receive their diplomas and as they cross the stage and are publicly recognized and photographed.
  • The College Bookstore will not be open during Commencement. Visit the online College Store if you’d like to order celebratory SUNY Oswego swag and apparel!

Exiting Commencement

  • Graduates and guests will recess/exit out the same route in which they entered. We encourage our graduates to arrange a spot distant from the arena to meet up with your guests for photos and your departure from campus.
  • To allow the college to prepare for the next ceremony, it is important that all participants exit the building immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony. Congregating in the parking lots is also discouraged as we must turn it over for the next round of guests. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

All Commencement ceremonies and activities will be held in accordance with and are dependent on New York State health, safety and capacity guidelines in place at the time of the event.