FAQs for Commencement of the class of 2022

  • When and where will the ceremony take place?

    The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022 will take place at 10 a.m. on June 12, 2022. It will be held on Roger Hull Plaza, between Schaffer Library and the Nott Memorial.

  • What time is the Commencement ceremony over?

    The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. with the academic procession at 9:50 a.m. You should aim to be in your seats by 9:15 a.m. or earlier. The post-commencement gatherings for graduates, faculty and guests will follow immediately after the ceremony itself at various outdoor locations. They should be over before 1:00 p.m.

  • Do participating students/graduates need to register to attend commencement? How do I obtain guest tickets?

    The registration link will be sent to their Union email account. Students can pick up their guest tickets from their campus mail boxes by early June.

    Note that only students/alumni can register for guest tickets and pick up tickets for their guests.

  • I know a student who is not using their guest tickets. Can they give them to me so I can invite more than two guests?

    The number of attendees is determined by the capacity allowed of the library plaza and we are allocating an equitable number of guests for each graduate. Given the limitations and guidelines we must adhere to, the College has to enforce the two tickets per graduate policy. Tickets are non-transferable. It is in the best interest to keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • How do I order cap and gown?

    Members of the Class of 2022 can check their emails. A link will be sent out by the end of April. If you need assistance, please contact Roubina Morgan (morganr@union.edu).

  • What kind of senior week activities will take place?

    The senior class is actively working to plan a robust series of programs for senior week based on the health & safety guidance from the college and New York State. While the programs have not been finalized, the senior student planning committee is focused on the health & safety of their class while they work to plan fun opportunities for engagement. More information will be sent out once we have finalized details.

  • Whom do I contact if I or my guests need accessible seating or other access, or if I have other questions?

    Please contact Carol Mangano at manganoc@union.edu for general questions, and by May 20 to make accessibility requests.

  • What happens if it rains? What if there is a thunderstorm?

    Everyone should prepare for the possibility of inclement weather. We plan to hold the ceremonies outdoors, rain or shine. Current state limitations on the size of gatherings are not compatible with indoor events. In the event of lightning or other dangerous conditions, we will reassess plans and timing the mornings of the events and communicate any delays or other changes by 8am on the Commencement website. In the event of rain, we strongly encourage everyone to wear ponchos or other protective clothing (including footwear compatible with soggy terrain) rather than umbrellas, which can block others’ views. If an umbrella is necessary, clear ones are preferred.

    If conditions (e.g., persistent lightning) remain unsafe to hold an in-person ceremony, we will notify the community and switch to a streamed virtual event and plan for a later in-person celebration.

  • Will photography, announcements, or other graduation products be available for purchase?

    Photographers from GradImages will be at the commencement ceremony to take a candid photograph of each graduate. You will receive the digital proofs of these photos within two weeks following the ceremony. You may order online here or call 1-800-261-2576. Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats to relax and enjoy the ceremony.

    Announcement notes, graduation rings, citation folders and other graduation products are available for purchase through Balfour.

    Allowing these companies to provide you information is intended as a service for graduates and their families. You are under no obligation to purchase their products.