But first, a few last tasks in the present…

Congratulations! You’ve reached an amazing milestone, and from where you’re standing now, the future is wide open. We’re proud to have been a part of your journey, but ask that you take just a few more steps before your walk across the stage.

For graduating students and the families and friends attending the ceremony, here are the “must-dos” and “must-knows:”

Commencement Details
Commencement Ceremony
Ceremony Process
Important Notes


Commencement Details:



Only those students whose academic records have been reviewed and certified by the Registrar’s Office will be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. For bachelor’s degrees click here for information regarding honors at the Commencement ceremony. There are no honors at the graduate level.


To attend the Commencement Ceremony you must RSVP HERE.  Completing the Commencement Attendance Response 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 13.


Graduates participating in the ceremony will be required to wear the appropriate Saint Rose academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood).  The Order form and payment ($65) should be submitted directly to the Campus Store by Saturday, April 22.  A $5 late fee will be assessed for orders placed after this date.

Academic attire can be picked up from May 8 through May 12 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 change based on degree awarded.  For example, prior bachelor’s attire can not be worn during a master’s ceremony and vice versa.


Immediately following the ceremony, graduates, their families and friends are welcome to attend 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.





The Commencement Ceremony for The College of Saint Rose will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  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 invite as many guests as desired.


Directions & Parking Information


The College assumes most graduates will want to drive with family or friends; however, a bus is available from the College on a reservation basis for graduating students only.  It will leave the College at 8:20 a.m. and depart the TU after the end of ceremony.  To reserve space for yourself on this bus, please contact the Events Scheduling and Administration Office by April 28th at eventsoffice@strose.edu (through your student strose.edu email account).  Include your name and your phone number.


Graduates need to arrive at the TU no later than 8:45 a.m.  The doors to the TU will open by 8:30 a.m. Graduates must be in the line-up area at 9:00 a.m.  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 a.m. and end at approximately 12:45 p.m.


At the end of the ceremony, graduates will process out of the arena and onto South Pearl Street, which will be closed off to all traffic to assist graduates and families in locating each other.


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

ADA Accessible Seating Information for Guests


The TU has security procedures for all events held at their facility, which include metal detectors, bag searches, limitation of allowed bag size, and if needed, pat downs.  Guests should plan to arrive early to allow for the security process.  Please click HERE for complete details regarding the security measures at the TU – All graduates should share this information with their guests.





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 conferral.  You will be asked to locate your number on a ribbon taped to the floor in the line-up area and to stand in your spot in the appropriate line.  Directions will be given at 9:00 a.m.  All students must be in the line-up area by 9:00 a.m.  Please do not bring extra items such as hangers, coats, purses, etc.  You may not have the same seat after you process across the stage, so don’t leave anything at your seat.  Leave such items with your guests.  The College cannot assume responsibility for valuables.


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.  Remaining in your assigned order will also 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.


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.


  • 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 Tina McMahon of the events office, as soon as possible, at (518) 454-5171 or MCMAHONT@mail.strose.edu.