Information for Families and Friends

Saturday, May 21, 2022

As of May 5: Consistent with New York state and CDC guideline, we will not be requiring proof of vaccination or negative test for any graduate or guest. A decision about masking at Commencement will be made after a re-evaluation of the campus’ status and will be communicated to all participants and graduates the week of May 16. (These COVID-19 protocols are based on current public health guidance and are subject to change if conditions warrant.)

Masks are optional but encouraged for all graduates, guests and participants during commencement. Proof of vaccine or negative test will not be required for any attendees. We ask that anyone feeling ill in any way please stay home and not attend the ceremonies.

When to arrive, where to go, and more.

Parking, Traffic and Shuttle Vans

Plan to arrive to campus early. Traffic on and around campus will be busy (Hartwick College's graduation is the same day and a portion of West Street near Ravine Parkway is closed for construction).

Please use the campus entrance on East Street/Bugbee Road to avoid any delays caused by the construction on West St. and Hartwick's events. You will be directed to the nearest available parking lot. Shuttle vans will be available to transport graduates and their guests to and from all parking areas. (Masks will be required in the shuttles.)

Commencement Parking & Traffic Map

Guest Tickets

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for guests to attend the ceremony in-person in the Alumni Field House. Tickets are required for anyone over the age of 2.

Ticketholders will be permitted to enter the Alumni Field House up to an hour before the ceremony begins.

Live Stream of Ceremonies

Non-ticketholders will be able to watch a live stream of the ceremony from an auditorium on campus in the Goodrich Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, or from the comfort of their homes. A live webcast will be also be streamed 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 May 13.​


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 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flowers, merchandise

Flowers will be available for sale on Commencement day outside the Alumni Field House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-order flowers

Red Dragon Outfitters will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

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