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Few events in life carry the sense of accomplishment that comes with graduation. Congratulations on reaching that milestone! Here is some basic information to make your Commencement day as smooth as possible:

ACADEMIC CONCERNS: 

Only those students whose academic record has been reviewed and certified by the Registrar’s Office will be allowed to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony.

RESPOND TO ATTEND COMMENCEMENT: 

To attend the Commencement Ceremony you must RSVP HERE.  Completing the Commencement Attendance Response Form at this link is what will create your spot in the procession for the walk across the stage as your name is read out loud.  You will need to complete this online response form by April 14.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE:

Graduates who are planning to participate in the ceremony will be required to wear the appropriate Saint Rose academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood).  Orders for the purchase of academic regalia must be placed through the Campus Store by Saturday, April 23.  A $5 late fee will be assessed for orders placed after this date.  Please print the order form found HERE for purchase of the academic regalia.  Order forms and payment ($60) should be submitted directly to the Campus Store.  Academic attire can be picked up from May 9 through May 13 during regular Campus Store hours (Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm).  Questions regarding academic attire may be directed to the Campus Store at (518) 454-2039. Please note that academic robes and hood colors will change between a bachelor’s and master’s degree. For example, if you already have a bachelor’s attire from a previous graduation it will not work for a master’s and vice versa.

PRE-GRADUATION OUTCOME SURVEY:

Please complete The College of Saint Rose Pre-Graduation Outcome Survey HERE and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 VISA Gift Card.  This employment and education outcome information serves as a valuable resource for current students, alumni, prospective families, and the campus community.  If you have any questions, please contact the Career Center, located on the 3rd floor of Saint Joseph Hall, at career@strose.edu or (518) 454-5141.

LIVE BROADCAST: 

The ceremony will be available as a live broadcast.  This allows your loved ones at a distance, those with small children, or those with walking mobility concerns to watch the ceremony in the comfort of their home.  We strongly suggest you try the link below a few days ahead of time to make sure you are prepared for the broadcast.  The URL that provides all the technical information you will need is: http://www.strose.edu/commencementstream.  This link will not be up and running until a few days prior to Commencement.  If you have any questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at (518) 454-2190 or helpsupport@strose.edu prior to the day of Commencement.

RECEPTION ON CAMPUS:

Immediately following the ceremony, graduates, their families and friends are welcome to an on-campus reception on The College of Saint Rose Lawn.  In case of inclement weather, the reception for Undergraduates will be held in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium and the Graduate reception will be held in the Main Dining Room at The College of Saint Rose.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

WHEN/WHERE

Directions and parking

The Commencement for The College of Saint Rose will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 am.  The ceremony will be held at the Times Union Center (TU), Albany, NY, located 2.5 miles east of the Saint Rose campus.  The College has chosen this site in order to allow graduates to bring more guests.

TIMING

Graduates need to arrive at the TU no later than 8:45 am.  The doors to the TU will open by 8:30 am. Graduates must be in the line-up area at 9:00 am.  Graduates should enter the TU through the main entrance off Pearl Street.  Volunteers will be available to direct students to the line-up area.  Guests should enter from the parking garage.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am and end at about 12:45 pm.

CONCLUSION

Graduates will proceed out of the arena and into South Pearl Street, which will be closed off to all traffic to assist graduates and families in locating each other at the end of this ceremony.

GUESTS

Students are responsible for inviting guests to the TU.  Tickets are not required; however please inform guests, upon entering the TU to attend Commencement, they may be requested to provide the name of the student they are coming to watch graduate.

ADA ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR GUESTS

ada accessible seating and directions

Please keep in mind that the TU is an arena; therefore there will be a large amount of walking required as well as stairs.  We highly suggest that any guests with mobility limitations that are unable to walk long distances or climb stairs use a wheelchair.  Please consider borrowing or renting one if your guest does not own one; wheelchairs are not available to rent or borrow at the TU.  The arena has platform spaces for 34 wheelchairs.  Although we do not reserve seating for this event, limited accessible seating will be available upon entering the arena on a first-come, first-served basis.  Limited seats will also available in Row S on a first-come, first-served basis, for those guests who can transfer from a wheelchair and are able to climb one or two steps as well as for guests that have difficulty walking or managing stairs.  Both wheelchair spaces and Row S seats are located directly off the Concourse level (with direct access from the parking garage entrance).  Seating in both wheelchair areas and Row S is limited to two guest seats –one guest with mobility limitation and one companionWe are unable to make any exceptions for additional guest seating in these sections and recommend possibly considering seating in Row R (one row directly below these two areas – also available on a first-come first-served basis).  Volunteers will be located at a table by the parking garage entrance to the TU to assist with seating for guests requiring accessible seating.  After the limited wheelchair platforms for 34 guests have been filled, there will be additional limited overflow wheelchair seating available on the floor in the back of the TU arena (also limited for one wheelchair guest and their one companion).  Please note, because the overflow section on the TU floor is a distance from the stage, viewing may not be optimal; therefore we recommend those guests requiring wheelchair accommodations to arrive as early as possible for best viewing and seating availability.

TIMES UNION CENTER SECURITY

As of December 12, 2015, the TU has revised their security procedures for all events, which include metal detectors, bag searches, limitation of allowed bag size, pat downs (if needed) and other changes.  The TU has made an exception for this event – Cameras will be allowedGuests should plan to arrive early to allow for this enhanced security process.  Please click HERE for complete details regarding the new security measures at the TU – All graduates should share this information with their guests.

CEREMONY PROCESS

LINE UP

When you arrive, you will be given a card with your name on it and a number.  The number corresponds to your placement in the line of march and degree conferring.  You will be asked to locate your number on a ribbon taped to the floor and take your place in the appropriate line on the ribbon.  Directions will be given at 9:00 am.  All students must be in the line-up area by 9:00 amPlease do not bring extra items such as hangers, coats, purses, etc.  You may not have the same seat after you process across stage, so don’t leave anything at your seat.  Leave such items with your guests.  The College cannot assume responsibility for valuables.

ORDER OF MARCH

All students need to line up according to the placement received on their individual card.  Your placement in the order of march is by school, degree, and alphabetical order.  If you are out of place, guests following the procession listed in the program may miss you crossing the stage. The same may occur with those watching the ceremony through live streaming while listening to the announcements of graduates.  If you are out of order you may also end up with the wrong Dean handing your degree case to you. Staying in order will assist the photographers with matching the correct person to the correct photos. Additionally, not staying in your assigned place could result in you or someone else not having a place to sit.  Please stay in your assigned place to ensure a smooth ceremony for you, your fellow graduates, and your friends and families.

CONFERRING DEGREES

When it is time to confer degrees, faculty marshals will direct you by rows to the ramp at the right side of the stage.  As you move across the stage, you will hand your name card to the Vice President for Student Affairs who will be standing at the first lectern.  Your name will be announced as you walk across the stage.  Continue across the stage to receive your diploma cover from your Dean (take cover with left hand), shake hands with your right.   The President of the College or Chair of the Board of Trustees will also congratulate you and shake your hand.  You will exit the stage using the ramp on the left side.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Final verification of degree requirements will not be completed prior to Commencement day; therefore, you will receive only a diploma case at the ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed to you in July.
  • Please be sure to clear any holds (financial, library, athletic, parking, etc.).  A diploma or transcript will not be issued if you have any outstanding obligations to the College.
  • There is no rehearsal for Commencement.
  • For graduating students, who require seating/walking or other accommodations for themselves (i.e., ADA accessible seating, sign language interpreter, assistance crossing stage, etc.), please contact Debi Matney, as soon as possible, at (518) 454-5171 or matneyd@strose.edu.  If seating assistance is required for guests, please refer to the earlier section entitled, “ADA ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR GUESTS”.