Spring Commencement Information

SUNY Oneonta will recognize and celebrate the Class of 2022 during three Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

2022 SUNY Chancellor's Award Honorees

Five SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff members are among a select group of State University of New York professionals chosen to receive the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Accepted Student Resources

We’re excited that you’re considering joining our Oneonta family in the fall! From paying your deposit, to orientation dates and course scheduling information, here’s what you need to know about getting ready to start your Red Dragon life.

Student Volunteers Go “Into the Streets"

SUNY Oneonta students headed “Into the Streets” for the college’s annual volunteer day on Saturday, May 7, bringing back a long-running tradition that had been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic.

College Planetarium Reopens

After two years of silence and darkness, SUNY Oneonta’s planetarium was once again filled with color and sound as it reopened to the general public the weekend of April 29 with an exciting lineup of shows. Additional shows are scheduled this spring and summer.

Sign up for an Online Summer Class

Online registration for summer classes is open! All courses will be offered online, allowing you to catch up, get ahead or try something new – all from the comfort of home. Earn 3 credits in as little as three weeks!


The course of Yale University Ph.D. student and graduate researcher Kimmy Cushman’s life changed dramatically on an autumn day inside SUNY Oneonta’s Science Discovery Center.
Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor of Fashion and Textiles Bharath Ramkumar begins each class by leading his students in a five-minute meditation encouraging them to focus on their breath and positive affirmations for the day.
I originally came to SUNY Oneonta for the education program because I had heard such good things about how much experience you get in the classroom. … But I quickly realized that my passion is more working one-on-one with kids. I’ve always been interested in psychology, too, so that’s what brought me to the Human Development and Family Studies major.
Growing up where I did, I worked at Howe’s Caverns and always loved walking through the caves and exploring. That helped me realize Earth Science was what I wanted to do. I definitely want to teach middle school earth science in a rural school district.
My plan is to work as an artist for a while and have that experience, and then get my teaching certification and be an art teacher. My dream would be to open my own school someday and give kids the chance to have more fine arts training.
I sometimes think back on all the obstacles I had to overcome and feel satisfied that I’m able to sit in a classroom learning about the subjects I’m passionate about. And when I think of the future, standing at my graduation and having that opportunity to tell my parents that I’ve made it, gives me such a great feeling.
Faculty and Staff
Obstacles I faced were not having the knowledge of how college really works and the challenge of learning everything first hand instead of someone giving me advice.
Faculty and Staff
Learning how to navigate a series of systems that I had very little access to prior to going to college was the biggest obstacle for me. College was an entirely different culture with new languages and unspoken customs that made it difficult for me to navigate, and not having access to services that helped to teach me how to navigate college made it especially complicated.
Being a first-generation students means so much to me. It shows me how hard my parents worked in order to come here and want me to continue higher education.
To me, being a first-generation college student means that I'm taking control of my life and making independent decisions about my future. By being a first-generation college student, I have learned life skills and fundamentals of life. 
There are always the financial obstacles. My parents did not envision their sons going to college. Coupled with that, we were a blue collar working class family, so money was tight regardless. I was fortunate to excel at my studies in high school, and my local community college had a program where students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class could attend tuition-free. 
Faculty and Staff
It means that as the first female in my family to go to college, I was doing something the women in my immediate family only had dreamed of doing.

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