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Commencement Ceremony

Honoring our 2020 & 2021 Graduates

Saint Rose Graduation Commencement 2019

Congratulations, Saint Rose Graduates!

This year is special in that we will celebrate the achievements of two graduating classes – the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 – in three commencement ceremonies at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Graduate online galleries

Members of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 are encouraged to submit their photo and bio for our online graduate galleries. This is another way for us to highlight your achievements in this unusual commencement year.

Class of 2020 Class of 2021

Commencement Dates and Times

Please note that plans are subject to change based on COVID-19 rates and changes to New York State guidelines. Information will be added and updated on this site as the commencement dates near.
Location: All events are in the Times Union Center in Albany.

Class of 2021
Graduate studentsFriday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
Undergraduate and College Experience Program studentsSaturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.
Class of 2020
All undergraduate, graduate, and College Experience Program studentsSaturday, May 8, at 3 p.m.

Which Commencement do you attend?

  • Class of 2020: Those who received degrees in December 2019, or May 2020, August 2020
  • Class of 2021: Those who received degrees in December 2020, or May 2021, August 2021

Dual degrees: If you earned a dual degree (a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at the same time) as part of the Class of 2021, you can select the undergraduate or graduate ceremony based on your preference.

Earning two degrees in separate years: If you earned a degree in Class of 2020 and are earning a master’s degree or certificate of advanced study in the Class of 2021, you can choose either the Class of 2020 ceremony, the graduate degree ceremony for Class of 2021, or both ceremonies. If you would like to attend both ceremonies, please email mancinik@strose.edu.

*View the commencement attendance policy here.

Key Points

This year is also unique in that we are operating under COVID-19-related guidelines. Some important things to note:

  • Graduates must register no later than April 16 to attend the ceremony.
  • There is a strict limit of 2 guests per graduate due to COVID-19-related capacity limits. All three events will be livestreamed.
  • All commencement attendees – both graduates and guests – must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test (conducted within 72 hours of the day of the event) and a photo ID in order to gain entry to the building. All attendees will also receive temperature checks before being permitted to enter. Guest information will be collected for contact tracing. Find more information on entry protocol, including guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, below.

Read Interim President Marcia White’s commencement announcement

Graduate Checklist

  1. Submit your degree application:
    • Members of the Class of 2021 must submit their degree applications in order to graduate. To do so, follow these steps from the Registrar. You must be approved for graduation before you can RSVP for the ceremony. See the FAQs for how to know if you’re approved for graduation.
  2. Sign-up to attend the ceremony:
    • Graduates are required to register for attending commencement online no later than April 16. This allows us to plan for an accurate number of attendees. After you submit your degree application and are approved (Class of 2020 graduates would have already been approved), you will be able to access the RSVP link.
  3. Order your cap and gown:
    • Caps and gowns must be ordered from the Campus Bookstore by April 16. Caps and gowns can either be picked up on campus or sent to graduates’ homes for a shipping fee. Download the order form here and return it as indicated on the form.
  4. Get your test within 72 hours of the day of your commencement ceremony:
    • Upon entry to the Times Union Center, graduates and guests must show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the day of the commencement ceremony and a photo ID in order to gain entry to the Times Union Center. Attendees at the May 7 ceremony can be tested starting May 4. Attendees at the May 8 ceremonies can be tested starting May 5. Attendees do not have to obtain a COVID-19 test if they can show proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to commencement day. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 90 days prior to the ceremony, you must still be tested and provide proof of a negative test result. If your test result comes back positive, unfortunately, the Department of Health guidelines prohibit you from attending the ceremony.
  5. Follow the instructions about arrival times and other details:
    • The Registrar’s Office will email you about the logistics of commencement arrival, etc. closer to the date of the ceremony. Please review those instructions closely.

Ceremony Information

Testing: Upon entry, all commencement attendees (both graduates and guests) must present either a printed copy or display on their phone a negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the day of the event and a photo ID in order to gain admission.

  • Attendees at the May 7 ceremony can be tested starting May 4.
  • Attendees at the May 8 ceremonies can be tested starting May 5.
  • We will provide testing on campus for 2020 and 2021 graduates, and you will receive communication about that as commencement nears. Attendees do not have to obtain a COVID-19 test if they can show proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to commencement day.
  • Please see the Times Union Center website for more details.

How to find testing: Again, testing will be available through Health Services for 2020 and 2021 graduates who can come to campus. All others, including attendees, can use this web resource for finding a testing site. Please be sure to confirm with the testing provider that it is a PCR test you’ll be taking. Please remember you must be tested in a specific timeframe. Attendees at the May 7 ceremony can be tested starting May 4. Attendees at the May 8 ceremonies can be tested starting May 5.

Temperature checks: Graduates and guests will be required to pass a temperature check. If your temperature is above 100.4 degrees, you will not be allowed to enter the Times Union Center.

Masks: Masks must be worn at all times.

Live broadcast:  The ceremony will be available as a live broadcast. 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:

Commencement Live Broadcast

Reading of graduates’ names: All graduates who are present will have their names called when it is their turn to cross the commencement stage. Saint Rose undergraduate, graduate, and College Experience students who are not able to attend the ceremonies will have their names read and scrolled on the screen at the end of the live broadcasts.

Academic Attire: Caps and gowns (which also come with hoods and tassels) must be ordered by April 16. Download the order form here and return it as indicated on the form. Caps and gowns can either be picked up on campus, or if graduates cannot come to campus, their orders can be shipped for an additional cost.

Graduation attire cost:

  • Bachelor’s degree: $73
  • Master’s degree: $81

Diplomas: Class of 2020 graduates have already received their diplomas in the mail (or are now receiving them if they completed their degrees in December 2020). For the Class of 2021, final verification of degree requirements will not be completed prior to commencement day (this is the norm in any commencement year). So, the Class of 2021 will receive only a diploma case at the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed in July for those that complete their degrees in May and in October for those who complete their degrees in August. 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.

Rehearsal: There is no rehearsal for commencement.

Directions to the Times Union Center and parking

The address for the Times Union Center is:

Times Union Center
51 South Pearl St.,
Albany, NY 12207

We recommend parking in the garage located directly behind the Times Union Center, which provides direct, covered access to this building on the Concourse level (for this event it is the main guest entrance and also where wheelchair and special needs seating is located). Ushers will be available to assist with seating at this parking garage entrance to the arena.  The fee for parking is $5. Entry to this garage is directly off of Market Street just before you reach Eagle Street.

Transportation to the Times Union CenterThe College assumes most graduates will want to drive with family or friends; however, a bus will be available from the College on a reservation basis for graduating students only. Departure times will be announced at a later date. To reserve space for yourself on this bus, please contact the Events Scheduling and Administration office by April 30 at eventsoffice@strose.edu (through your student strose.edu email account). Include your name and your phone number.

ADA accessibility for graduating students: Graduating students who require seating/walking or other accommodations for themselves (i.e., ADA accessible seating, sign language interpreter, assistance crossing stage, etc.), should contact Tina McMahon in the Event’s Scheduling and Administration office as soon as possible:

contact Tina McMahon

Times Union Center security: The TU Center 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.

Cameras: Please note, the Times Union Center has made an exception to its usual policy, and cameras will be allowed at commencement.

Additional Information

Graduation status: You can check your graduation status in DegreeWorks.

  • Under Graduation Status, you will see one of four statuses. Here’s what they mean:
    1. APP: Means you applied/we have received the degree application. It is being reviewed.
    2. PEN: This means you’re approved for graduation assuming successful completion of your current courses.
    3. NOK: This means you are not approved for graduation and you have outstanding degree requirements to meet.
    4. WLK: This means you are scheduled to complete your degree in August but are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

Honors: Please note that honors, such as Summa cum laude, are only granted at the bachelor’s degree level. There are no honors at the graduate level. At the time of the ceremony, grades are not yet in for the spring semester, so honors at commencement are based upon work completed prior. A student’s final honors, which includes their last semester, will appear on their diploma along with their degree. Diplomas are mailed in July. Final honors, academic major, and degree will appear on the final transcript. GPAs for honors are as follows: Summa cum laude 3.9-4.0, Magna cum laude 3.7-3.89, and Cum laude 3.5-3.69.

Graduate online galleries: Members of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 are encouraged to submit their photo and bio for our online graduate galleries. This is another way for us to highlight your achievements in this unusual commencement year.

Class of 2020 Class of 2021

Outcome survey: Please complete The College of Saint Rose Outcome Survey and be entered into a drawing for a chance to WIN a $250 VISA Gift Card. We are interested in your post-graduation employment status, your plans to continue your education after graduating, and your participation in internships while attending Saint Rose. This information serves as a valuable resource for current students, alumni, prospective families, and the campus community. Data will appear in aggregate form, responses will remain anonymous and individual identifiers will not be released to any third party. If you have any questions, or if the Career Center can be of assistance with your job or graduate school search process, please contact The Career Center at career@strose.edu or 518.454.5141. Thank you for your participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, the Times Union is operating under New York State COVID-19 restrictions. Capacity for events is limited to 10% of the venue, or in this case 1,300 people. Based on the number of graduates in the Classes of 2020 and 2021, we had to limit the number of guests per graduate to 2. We had to expand to three ceremonies in order for this to happen. Exceptions will not be made to the limit on guests. All three commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. Saint Rose undergraduate, graduate, and College Experience students who are not able to attend the ceremonies will have their names read and scrolled on the screen at the end of the live broadcasts.

Yes. Graduates are required to register for attending commencement online no later than April 16. This allows us to plan for an accurate number of attendees. After you submit your degree application and are approved (Class of 2020 graduates would have already been approved), you will be able to access the RSVP link.

It’s important to note that as these decisions were being made, New York State had not, and still has not, offered guidance for commencement ceremonies. We are operating under current New York State guidelines for social gatherings and the guidelines for facilities such as the Times Union Center. Smaller ceremonies on-campus were also considered, but the number of graduates and space limitations coupled with the desire to have guests, revealed it wasn’t feasible. The plan that has been announced is our best option given the limits the pandemic has placed on in-person events.

Academic Attire: Caps and gowns (which also come with hoods and tassels) must be ordered by April 16. Download the order form here and return it as indicated on the form. Caps and gowns can either be picked up on campus, or if graduates cannot come to campus, their orders can be shipped for an additional cost.

Graduation attire cost:

Bachelor’s degree: $73
Master’s degree: $81

We plan to have a professional photographer available, as in past years, at the ceremony to take graduates’ photos. Unfortunately, due to venue rules, masks must be worn during photos.

Attendees do not have to obtain a COVID-19 test if they can show proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to commencement day. Please see the Times Union Center website for more details.

We will provide testing on campus for 2020 and 2021 graduates, and you will receive communication about that as commencement nears.

Modified events are being planned for senior week. Please reach out to studentdevelopment@strose.edu for details.

The Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE) program is a distance delivery partner of the College for students from Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City who are seeking advanced certificates in the field of education. Although we do not have capacity to host our many CITE graduates at the commencement ceremonies this year, we will include their names in the commencement program and the Saint Rose Magazine. Because of time constraints, the names of CITE graduates will not be read at the live ceremony.

We are currently working on the program details for each ceremony, and do not have an announcement about a speaker(s) at this time.

Members of the Class of 2021 must submit their degree applications in order to graduate. To do so, follow these steps from the Registrar. You must be approved for graduation before you can RSVP for the ceremony. See the FAQs for how to know if you’re approved for graduation. You can check your graduation status in DegreeWorks. Under Graduation Status, you will see one of four statuses. Here’s what they mean:

APP: Means you applied/we have received the degree application. It is being reviewed.

PEN: This means you’re approved for graduation assuming successful completion of your current courses.

NOK: This means you are not approved for graduation and you have outstanding degree requirements to meet.

WLK: This means you are scheduled to complete your degree in August but are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

Yes.

  • All graduates’ names (including the CITE program) will be listed in the printed commencement programs (one for the Class of 2020 and one for the Class of 2021)
  • All graduates’ names from the Class of 2020 and 2021 (including the CITE program) will have their names listed in the Saint Rose Magazine, which will be published in late May.
  • Graduates in both the Class of 2020 and 2021 can submit their photo and bio to the online commencement galleries.
  • A commemorative commencement video will also be produced in the weeks following commencement.
  • Commencement gifts will be provided by the Alumni Office.

The College does not have a policy around the wearing of cords and stoles with graduation attire. If you have questions about cords and stoles, please contact the organization that would be issuing them.

The College assumes most graduates will want to drive with family or friends; however, a bus will be available from the College on a reservation basis for graduating students only.Departure times will be announced at a later date. To reserve space for yourself on this bus, please contact the Events Scheduling and Administration office by April 30 at eventsoffice@strose.edu (through your student strose.edu email account). Include your name and your phone number.

Yes. That is why there is so much time between the two May 8 ceremonies.

Due to limits on gatherings, unfortunately, we cannot hold a reception for graduates this year.

We will make that decision based on how the guidelines may change.

We are still working with the Times Union Center on this information. We will provide updates when we have them. There is no charge for attending commencement.

Please email solutions@strose.edu.