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HOME. OF COMMENCING YOUR FUTURE.

The College of Saint Rose community looks forward to celebrating student achievement at the 96th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

ACADEMIC CONCERNS

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.

RESPOND TO ATTEND COMMENCEMENT:

To attend the Commencement Ceremony you must RSVP HERE.  Completing the Commencement Attendance Response 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 11.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE:

Graduates participating in the ceremony will be required to wear the appropriate Saint Rose academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood). Academic regalia must be ordered online by Friday March 29, 2019. To place your regalia order online please go to: https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/. You will need to type our College name in to the search box (Saint Rose or The College of Saint Rose) and click on the link that leads you directly to The College of Saint Rose section of the website. Once there you will select your degree to order the correct regalia, then click Cap & Gown on the top menu bar. You will be required to make payment for your regalia upon pick-up. Bachelor’s degree regalia cost $73.75 plus tax, Master’s and Certificate of Advanced Study regalia cost $81.59 plus tax, and College Experience regalia is $70.00 plus tax. You will pick up your ordered academic attire from the Saint Rose campus bookstore May 6 through May 10 during regular Campus Store hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you need your regalia mailed to you, please contact the Campus Store directly. Any regalia orders after the online deadline of March 29th must be placed directly with the Saint Rose campus bookstore. Any questions regarding academic attire may be directed to the Campus Store at (518)-458-5436. Please note that academic robes and hood colors change based on 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.

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, located on the 3rd floor of Saint Joseph Hall, at career@strose.edu or (518) 454-5141. Thank you for your participation.

COLLEGE RINGS:

This semester Jostens will be on campus with examples of their rings and other jewelry available for students to see and purchase. They will be on campus 4/10 and 4/11 from 11am to 4pm at the table located outside of The Camelot Room. Students may also order college rings directly from the manufacturer’s website: https://www.jostens.com/jewelry/college-jewelry.html.

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.

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 helpdesk@strose.edu prior to the day of Commencement.

COMMENCEMENT VIDEO:

To download a free copy of the 2019 Commencement Video between May 15 and June 15 visit:  http://www.strose.edu/commencement.

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION:

Please visit www.gradimages.com to view or order pictures taken by GradImages at the ceremony.  You may also contact them at 1-800-261-2576.  No form of personal photography will be allowed near the stage or on the arena floor.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

WHEN/WHERE:

The Commencement for The College of Saint Rose will be held on Saturday, May 11 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 bring as many guests as desired.

TIMING:

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 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 about 12:45 p.m.

EXITING:

At the end of the ceremony, graduates will process 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.

GUESTS:

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.

TIMES UNION CENTER SECURITY:

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.  For our event cameras are allowed, but no personal photography can be taken on the arena floor.

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 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 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 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.

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.

*You will need to remain seated in the arena for the entire ceremony.  You may not congregate in the hallways.

GETTING THERE

PARKING/DIRECTIONS TO TIMES UNION CENTER:

The address for the Times Union Center is 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 $5.00.  Entry to this garage is directly off of Market St. just before you reach Eagle St.  It will open at 7:30 a.m., which is one hour prior to guest admittance to the arena.  Early arrival will allow guests with mobility limitations to secure general parking closer to the building and, if applicable, handicap parking.  Entry to the TU floor level from South Pearl Street will not be allowed for guests.  This entrance is for graduating students only.  Please follow this link for directions to the TU.

TRANSPORTATION:

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 8:30 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 27 at eventsoffice@strose.edu (through your student strose.edu email account).  Include your name and your phone number.

ADA ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR GUESTS:

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.  Wheelchairs are not available at the TU.  Please consider borrowing or renting one if your guest does not own one.  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.  The arena has platform spaces for 34 wheelchairs.  A family member is asked to remain with each guest seated in a wheelchair space.  For those guests who can transfer from a wheelchair and are able to manage one or two steps, limited seating will also be available in Row S on a first-come, first-served basis. The ADA accessible seating and wheelchair spaces are located directly off the Concourse level (with direct access from the parking garage entrance).  This area 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 sitting one row directly below these two areas – also available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Volunteers will be located at all three entrances on the concourse level at the TU to assist guests requiring accessible seating.  After the limited wheelchair platforms 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 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 arrive as early as possible for best viewing and seating availability. 

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 Tina McMahon in the Event’s Scheduling and Administration office as soon as possible, at (518) 454-5171 or MCMAHONT@mail.strose.edu.