Welcome to Commencement at SUNY Morrisville!

Congratulations to all of this year’s SUNY Morrisville graduates!

The SUNY Morrisville 2022 Commencement is quickly approaching! This year’s Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Students graduating in May 2022 or August 2022 are invited to participate as 2022 graduates. Graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 also have been invited to participate in the day (please see more below). All graduates and their guests are invited to a campus reception on the Administrative Quad directly following the ceremony. 

A livestream of the ceremony also will be available on the SUNY Morrisville YouTube channel beginning at 1 p.m. through the link below.

Tune in to the Livestream on may 14 View a message from Senator Schumer

Please read on for important details and next steps for graduates.

COMMENCEMENT DAY

Location

The ceremony will be held indoors in the SUNY Morrisville Recreation Center.

Doors open at 11 a.m

For the safety of everyone attending the ceremony, all bags will be checked upon entry to the Recreation Center. 

Arrival and Lineup

Be sure to arrive on Saturday, May 14, by noon for lineup with your program. Lineup will take place behind the Recreation Center.

Parking

Most campus parking lots are available for visitor parking on Commencement day. New York State University Police will assist visitors with parking. 

Continuous shuttle service also will be provided from the A Lot to the ceremony site.

Driving Directions

Here are driving directions to SUNY Morrisville, as well as a campus map.  

Guest Seating

Tickets are required for entry to the ceremony. Please see the following section for ticket information.

Accessibility seating sections also are available at all locations. Please check with ushers at the ceremony site if you require specific assistance.

Viewing Location

A viewing of the ceremony will be available at the Student Activities Center Theater, where unlimited additional family members and guests may comfortably view the proceedings. No tickets are required at the viewing location. College personnel are happy to assist family and friends with finding the additional viewing location the day of the ceremony.

You also can watch live on our YouTube channel!

Duration

The ceremony is estimated to last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Graduation Tickets and Cap & Gown

Tickets

All graduates will receive four guest tickets for graduation. Tickets can be collected from the Campus Store when you purchase a cap and gown any time after March 1. Please be sure to give each of your guests a ticket in advance. If you need additional tickets, visit the Office of Institutional Advancement located on the first floor of Whipple Administration Building. Additional tickets are now limited. Request accessible seating with the respective request form.

Cap and Gown

A cap and gown are required for all participating graduates. Caps and gowns can be purchased on the Campus Store website, by phone at 315.684.6073 or in person at the Campus Bookstore (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

COVID-19 Protocols

SUNY System has put in place uniform COVID-19 protocols for all campuses for Commencement exercises. All graduating students must comply with the current in-person student vaccine requirements. This means that students must either be up-to-date with both their vaccination and booster shots or must have submitted a medical or religious waiver and received approval. Please review the Student Vaccine Policy for more information and links to exemption request forms. If you plan to submit a waiver, you should do so as soon as possible to ensure ample time for review and approval.

All guests and attendees will be required to follow campus protocols for COVID-19 in place at the time of Commencement. 

FOLLOWING COMMENCEMENT

Photo with Mustang Statue

As has become tradition for many graduating classes, be sure to take a photo in front of the Mustang Statue! The statue, which has become integral to Morrisville pride, is located in the Administrative Quad found in front of the Whipple Administration Building.

Reception

All graduates and their guests are invited to a campus reception on the Administrative Quad directly following the ceremony (rain location: STUAC gym).

Campus Store 

You worked hard for your diploma, so why not show it off in a beautiful frame? You can find numerous frame options and much more at the SUNY Morrisville Campus Store, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Commencement day.

Dining

The Copper Turret Restaurant, which serves as a teaching facility for our students, is an American-style bistro that prides itself on a delicious and innovative menu. Advanced reservations can be made by calling 315.684.6699.

For additional dining options and eateries in and around Morrisville, please visit the Madison County Tourism website.

Additional Information

Lodging

If you have friends or family traveling to the area for the ceremony, be sure to secure lodging at one of the many excellent options available near campus. Please visit the Madison County Tourism website for a list of places to stay during your visit.

We look forward to celebrating our graduates on May 14!

Application to Graduate

All Class of 2022 graduates, regardless of whether they intend to participate in Commencement, should have completed an Application to Graduate through Web for Students by April 15. If you did not do so, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar.

Classes of 2020 and 2021 (May/Aug./Dec. 2020 and May/Aug./Dec. 2021 graduates) 

When the Classes of 2020 and 2021 graduated from SUNY Morrisville, the usual pomp and circumstance of a full in-person graduation ceremony was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we'd like to make it up to you by being a part of this year's traditional campus graduation experience!

All graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021, including May/Aug./Dec. 2020 and May/Aug./Dec. 2021 grads, are invited to participate and be recognized during the 2022 Commencement. Graduates from those classes were asked to register by April 15 if they were interested in participating in Commencement. If you did not do so and would like to participate, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar.

The Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be seated separately from the Class of 2022 and will be recognized first as they walk across the stage. All graduates and their guests are invited to a campus reception on the Administrative Quad directly following the ceremony.

Please see below for more information regarding graduation tickets, cap and gown, and the college’s COVID-19 protocols.

Call for Faculty and Staff Volunteers

Thank you to the many faculty and staff who volunteer each year on Commencement day, a celebration of student accomplishments and an occasion in which every member of the SUNY Morrisville community takes great pride.

Many volunteers are needed to help this event run smoothly. Your efforts as a volunteer are crucial for providing an enjoyable atmosphere for our graduates and guests. Please consider volunteering for our 2022 Commencement ceremony, which is taking place on Saturday, May 14. Specific instructions and assignments will be given at the volunteer training session being held in the Recreation Center on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m.

Sign up to volunteer here

Thank you for helping make this a memorable event for our graduates!