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December 2015 Commencement

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Academic regalia is an integral part of the graduation ceremony. The different colors and style all denote the achievements of the wearers. These traditions date back to the middle ages. Since graduation is the most important of SUNY Oswego's academic ceremonies, it is vital that all candidates for graduation are appropriately attired. A large number of caps and gowns in various sizes will be available for purchase. Undergraduate and master degree candidates do not need to place a special order for their cap and gown. Caps and gowns are available for purchase online from November 27 until December 7 and in-store at our Campus Center location from November 30 until commencement day.

To avoid overcrowding at the commencement ceremony, there will be a limit of 6 guest tickets for graduating candidates. Anyone without a ticket will not be allowed into the commencement ceremonies. Seating is on a first come basis. Guests should arrive early to ensure parking and seating. Persons with disabilities: Graduates, family members or guests who anticipate needing special assistance should contact Disability Services (315) 312-3358 prior to Friday, December 11. Family members and guests who are disabled should report to the University Police officer directing traffic at the handicap accessible drop-off point on the west side of the Campus Center. Contact the usher at the door about special seating. Those persons who will need this special assistance should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Commencement is a time for family, friends, faculty and staff to take pride in graduates' accomplishments and congratulate them on a job well done. The ceremony symbolizes the culmination of many years of hard work. Wearing the traditional academic gown and mortar board is required for participation in Commencement. The appropriate attire to wear with a cap and gown is a dress, skirt or slacks, and dark shoes. We ask your help in making the ceremony a pleasant experience for all by taking into consideration adornments such as corsages, jewelry and purses detract from the formality of the ceremony. Also a reminder - campus policy prohibits alcohol at commencement.

We will have numerous opportunities during the Fall 2015 semester for you to browse or purchase your class ring. A representative from Herff Jones will visit our store, giving you a chance to browse, ask questions, and order your class ring. A representative will be at our Campus Center store on Friday, November 13 from 10am-3pm and Saturday, November 14 from 1pm-4pm. You may also visit our customized website from Herff Jones to browse or purchase your class ring online.

Looking for photos from Commencement Day of graduates receiving their diploma? Visit and search SUNY Oswego.

The College Store orders announcements through Jostens. Graduation announcements can be personalized with the student's name and degree incorporated into the body of the announcement text. Jostens offers graduation packages including announcements, note cards, seals, labels, etc. All personalized announcements will be shipped directly to the student. Please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery. A home address is required for shipping. All orders will be shipped by UPS (please note UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box, so please order with a street address).

Jostens Graduation Announcements 

Please visit Jostens or call 1-800-854-7464 to order your announcements. The Campus Center store also has generic college graduation announcements that are not personalized. Stop in the store to see the selection.