Commencement 2017 Schedule

The 223rd Commencement Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Schaffer Library Plaza.

Please refer to the FAQ, parking & weather planslocal lodging and dining and parking for disabled guests for more information.

Additional questions? Contact Emily Tong at or (518) 388-6102.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Baccalaureate Commemoration in Memorial Chapel

6:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate Mass sponsored by the Catholic Chaplaincy in Memorial Chapel

8:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Students, family members, and guests are invited to the Garnet Gala with dessert, music and dancing (R.S.V.P. required).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The weather plan will be decided on the morning of Commencement. Call (518) 388-8373 for a voice message at 8:00 a.m. that morning or check the commencement main page. Key locations and instructions for graduates and faculty about where to assemble are available for each weather plan.

9:00 a.m.
Graduates and faculty assemble for the academic procession.

9:30 a.m.
The academic procession begins, led by the Steinmetz car.

10:00 a.m.
In fair weather, Commencement exercises will be held in Hull Plaza in front of Schaffer Library. For locations and plans related to moderate or heavy rain, please refer to the weather plan.

12:00 noon
Department and Program Receptions will be held in Rugby Field, west of Nott Memorial. Diplomas will be awarded individually during the receptions. In case of rain, the department program receptions will be held in Memorial Fieldhouse next to the Frank Messa Rink.