What's the difference between Commencement and Graduation?
The word "Commencement" refers to the official ceremony that recognizes students' academic accomplishments with College faculty, administration, trustees, and staff, as well as with students' friends and family. Students who are close to completing their degree requirements are invited to participate in this ceremony. However, participation in the ceremony does not mean that the student has graduated, nor will students who participate in Commencement receive their official diploma during the ceremony.
"Graduation" is the term that refers to the formal completion of a four-step process, having:
- completed all course requirements for the degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.00,
- satisfied all financial obligations at the time of graduation,
- earned their last 30 credit hours at the College, and
- been recommended by the faculty for the degree.
The College Registrar's Office formally certifies each degree once all the criteria listed above are completed. After the degrees are certified, the Registrar's Office will send a postcard to all May 2014 graduates in June, and Summer 2014 graduates in August.The postcards will explain when and where you can pick up your official diploma.
Who can participate?
Students completing degree and/or certificate requirements in December 2014, May 2015, and Summer 2015 are eligible to participate in Commencement. Students who have earned a minimum 40 credits and have maintained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 by March 13, 2015, will be invited to participate in the May 17 Commencement ceremony.
What are the qualifications for participation in Commencement?
Students who have earned a minimum 40 credits and have maintained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 by March 13, 2015, will be invited to participate in the May 17 Commencement ceremony.
How can I register to participate in Commencement ceremonies?
Students who have reached 40 credits (institutional and transfer) and have a minimum 1.75 GPA will be invited through the online student portal, MyCayuga, to participate in Commencement ceremonies. These are the minimum standards to make the application available.
All prospective candidates must fill out the graduation application in MyCayuga in order to participate in Commencement. To do this, students will:
- Log into MyCayuga
- Click the Student tab
- Clck the My Student Information tab
- Click the Apply to Graduate link
- Select a term to determine curriculum for graduation application
- Select curriculum and continue
- Select graduation date and continue
- Select ceremony attendance and continue
- Review diploma name and continue
- Review graduation application summary and submit request
Questions? Contact the Registrar's Office on the Auburn or Fulton Campus at 315-255-1743, extension 2216 (Auburn) or 315-592-4143 (Fulton), firstname.lastname@example.org, or in M-243 on Auburn Campus and F-281 on the Fulton Campus.
How do I order and pickup my cap and gown?
- Cap and gown orders may be placed at the bookstore on the Auburn Campus or Fulton Campus. There is no expense to the prospective graduate for the regalia if the order is placed before Monday, March 30
- Auburn Campus: Caps and gowns may be picked up at the College Bookstore between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14, or at the Bookstore on Friday, May 15 immediately following the Commencement rehearsal.
- Fulton Campus: Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Fulton Campus College Bookstore between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14, or at the Auburn Campus Bookstore on Friday, May 15 immediately following the Commencement rehearsal.
Do I have to attend the rehearsal in order to participate in Commencement?
Yes, the dress rehearsal is required to participate in Commencement. The rehearsal will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15 in the Spartan Hall Gymnasium. Rehearsal will take approximately one and a half hours.
To ensure an orderly and efficient ceremony, graduates will learn where they stand in the procession and what chairs they will be seated in for the ceremony. They will also see the layout of the gymnasium, walk the processional route, and get directions on how they will cross the stage to receive their diploma covers from the President.
Fulton Campus students are encouraged to coordinate rides together.
What time should I arrive at the Commencement ceremony?
Graduates should arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. to check in and fill out an alumni survey. The traditional candidate academic procession will form in the north wing of the Main Building beginning at 12:15 p.m., and get underway slightly before 1 p.m.
The Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Spartan Hall Gymnasium.
Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?
No. Commencement ceremony participants will receive diploma covers. Non-participants may purchase diploma covers at the College Bookstore.
The Registrar's Office will mail postcards to all May and Summer 2015 graduates who fulfilled all the criteria for degree completion in August. The postcards will explain when and where you can pick up your official diploma. All December 2014 and Intersession graduates should have received this postcard in January.
If you have any questions or do not receive the postcard, contact the Registrar's Office on the Auburn or Fulton Campus at 315-255-1743, extension 2216 (Auburn) or 315-592-4143 (Fulton), email@example.com, or in M-243 on Auburn Campus and F-281 on the Fulton Campus.
Do my family and friends need tickets to attend Commencement?
No. Tickets are not required to attend Commencement. There is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who prefer air-conditioned seating can watch the ceremony via live video feed in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre at the College. The Commencement ceremony will also be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Channel 12 in Auburn.
Where is parking available for Commencement?
Parking is available on the Auburn Campus lots. However, no parking is allowed along circular drives near the front and rear entrances. Cars must be parked in compliance with existing signs and markings.
Do you offer special seating and accommodations for people with disabilities?
Yes. If family members or other guests have a need for limited mobility access, please contact Janet Mudge at 315-255-1743, ext. 2325 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can be sure to accommodate them.
Special requests for students with disabilities for the Commencement ceremony should be made to Karen Grella by e-mailing email@example.com by April 17, 2015.
What if I still have questions about Commencement?
Contact Commencement Coordinator Ed Wagner at 315-255-1743, ext. 2236 or Patti Hamberger at 315-255-1743 ext. 2216, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in M- 243, Auburn Campus.