Spring Commencement

Graduates jump in caps and gowns

Spring Commencement: Saturday, August 29, 2020

When to arrive, where to go, and more.

Parking, Traffic and Shuttle Vans

Visitors should use the West Street Entrances to campus. University Police officers will be posted to direct visitors to the nearest available parking areas. Shuttle vans will be available beginning at 8 a.m. to transport visitors to and from all parking areas. View Printable Map (PDF)

Guest Tickets

Four guest tickets will be issued to students who have filed a diploma application. Although each graduating student is entitled to four commencement tickets, sometimes students do not claim all the tickets they are entitled to have. The college will make any unclaimed tickets available to other graduating students on a first-come, first served basis and there will be a limit of two such tickets per student. A ticket is required for anyone over the age of 2.

Ceremony Schedule

Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the Alumni Field House (AFH), Dewar Arena

Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Graduate Programs

  • Biology (MS)
  • Lake Management (MS)
  • Museum Studies (MA)

Undergraduate Majors

  • Africana & Latino Studies
  • Art & Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Digital & Studio Art
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • International Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Music Industry
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Women’s & Gender Studies

School of Education, Human Ecology & Sports Studies

Undergraduate Majors

  • Adolescence Education
  • Childhood Education
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education/Childhood Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Food Service & Restaurant Administration
  • Human Development & Family Studies (formerly Child & Family Studies)
  • Human Ecology
  • Sport Management

Graduate Programs

  • Educational Technology Specialist (K-12) (MSED)
  • Literacy Education (B-6) (MSED)
  • Literacy Education (5-12) (MSED)
  • Nutrition & Dietetics (MS)
  • School Counselor (K-12) (MSED)
  • Special Education (MSED or MST)

School of Economics & Business

Undergraduate Majors

  • Business Economics
  • Economics
  • Professional Accounting

Live Stream of Ceremonies

Non-ticketholders may view the commencement ceremony by live stream in air-conditioned, family-friendly rooms in the Instructional Resource Center (IRC). A live webcast will be streamed on the SUNY Oneonta Facebook page during each ceremony and archived on the college's YouTube channel after commencement.

Guests With Special Needs

Special parking and seating locations will be available to ticketholders with disabilities. Closed-captioning of the primary ceremonies will be available for the hearing-impaired. For special accommodations, call (607) 436-2491 before August 7.


Visitors are respectfully requested to remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony. Guests may take photos and videos from their seats using a zoom lens but should refrain from taking photos or videos at other locations, as this will disrupt the ceremony.

Genesee Photo, a professional photography firm, will offer special portrait packages of each graduate, taken at the ceremony. The firm will contact the graduates' families by email and mail after the ceremony.


Light refreshments will be served in the main campus quad (located behind Netzer Administration Building) after the ceremony, compliments of Oneonta Auxiliary Services. Refreshments will be on sale at Starbucks in the Hunt College Union from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Flowers, merchandise

Flowers & merchandise will be available for sale on Commencement day outside the Alumni Field House from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-order flowers

Red Dragon Outfitters will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Commencement questions may be directed to (607) 436-4723.

Graduation Checklist for Students

If you intend to graduate in May or August 2020 and you have NOT submitted a diploma application, please submit your application to the Registrar’s Office via email at graduation@oneonta.edu as soon as possible.  A fee of $5 is required and will be charged to your student bill. Diplomas will be mailed to all May and August graduates who have been awarded degrees, even if you do not participate in the Aug. 29 commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed in July to May graduates, and in September to August graduates.

Undergraduate and graduate Diploma Application

A cap and gown are required to participate in the commencement ceremony. Order yours by July 9.

Direct shipping is available for an additional fee. Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card or Dragon Dollars.

If you have already pre-ordered your cap and gown and would like a refund or to have it shipped to your home, email CUSTOMERSERVICE@OAKHALLI.COM . If you pre-ordered your cap and gown to be shipped to Red Dragon Outfitters, you can pick it up Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 29, at the store.

Regalia Order Information
Customer Package Contents Cost (+ tax) Order Deadline
Undergraduate Student

Purchase includes cap, gown, tassel

$42.99 Thursday, July 9
Graduate Student

Purchase includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood

$74.99 Thursday, July 9

We are developing an online ticketing process and will have more details soon on how to reserve tickets.

There will not be an in-person rehearsal this year. Instead, the college is producing a short video that will give you all the details on where to go and what to do. There will also be plenty of volunteers in red shirts to direct you! We will share more details in August.

The traditional senior Pass Through the Pillars event will still be held the day before graduation, at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on the quad. As new students, you officially joined the Oneonta community by literally following in the footsteps of your predecessors and walking between the historic pillars of Old Main and toward a welcoming crowd.

Now, you will walk the opposite way through the pillars --with friends, family and faculty cheering you on -- away from the hub of campus and into the next phase of your life. Pass Through the Pillars ends with a champagne toast at the academic quad. The rain location will be Chase Gymnasium.

If you have achieved honors, you will be able to pick up your honor medallion on Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Chase gym when you check in for graduation. If you have earned cords for LEAD milestones, service hours, club participation, etc., they will be available for pickup at Pass Through the Pillars on Friday afternoon and the morning of Commencement in the Chase gym prior to each ceremony.

Take it all in! Look for our special graduation Snapchat filters and be sure to tag us in pictures and videos using #oneontagrad

Information for Faculty and Staff

Faculty participation at commencement is important to our graduates and families. Please plan to attend the commencement ceremony and reception on August 29. Click here to let us know which ceremony you will attend.

Regalia Cost and Deadlines
Customer Package Contents Cost (+ tax) Order Deadline
Faculty (Rental) Rental may include cap, gown, and hood Master: $59.99
Doctor: $79.99
Thursday, July 9
Faculty (Purchase) Purchase may include cap, gown, and hood Master: $296-$500
Doctor: $600-$1600

Thursday, July 9

Order must be placed in person at Red Dragon Outfitters

To select your hood color and to learn more about the academic costume, please refer to the academic costume code.

Pickup for all orders is Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 29, at Red Dragon Outfitters. Direct shipping is available for an additional fee. Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card or Dragon Dollars.

There will not be an in-person rehearsal this year. Instead, the college is producing a short video to send to graduates with all the details on where to go and what to do. There will also be plenty of volunteers in red shirts to provide direction! We will share more details in August.

Please plan to arrive using the Alumni Field House entrance by the soccer field 45 minutes prior to your ceremony in the AFH Dance Studio.

9 a.m. School of Sciences

12 p.m. School of Liberal Arts

3 p.m. School of Education, Human Ecology, & Sports Studies and School of Economics & Business

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