Information for Students

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.)

Graduation Checklist

In order for you to be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony and your name to appear in the program, you must submit your diploma application before April 8, 2022. After April 8, diploma applications will still be accepted; however, your name will not appear in the program. Please submit your diploma application via email to or in-person to the Office of the Registrar, 130 Netzer Administration Building.

Diploma Application

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

Purchase includes cap, gown, tassel

Graduate Student

Purchase includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood


Senior Portrait

For students in Oneonta

Schedule your appointment on the Our Year website, using school code 472 or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (687-9327), during normal business hours.

Portraits will be taken in your Business Attire, and Cap & Gown. Academic attire will be provided.

Please be prepared to provide the photographer with your major and home town at the time of your sitting.

The first set of dates is available for scheduling now. The others will open up later (to keep everyone from waiting until the last minute).

For students in the FIT program

Schedule your appointment at Baruch College on the Our Year website and enter school code 87182. In the comment section they should note that they are in the Oneonta Fit program so our photographer is aware.


Sign up to receive a FREE 2022 yearbook via the Red Dragon Network. This site will prompt you to register first before being able to request a yearbook.

Grad HQ

Graduation Headquarters, or GradHQ, lets you check off everything you need to prepare for Commencement at one time and in one place. There will also be free food, music, giveaways and a photo booth with props!

When: Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: International Lounge, Hunt College Union (area outside of the Experiential Learning Center)


Four guest tickets will be issued to each student. Bring your photo ID to Hunt Union Information Desk to pick up your tickets for your commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 18 to Friday, May 20 from 12 p.m. to 4p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 7:30a.m. to 4p.m (Saturday pick-up is for tickets, honors medallions and LEAD/Service cords. Students doing internships, student teaching, or on leaves of absence may send someone with a signed letter authorizing that person to pick up tickets for them. The authorized person must present photo ID.

Class Gift

Contribute $20.22 to the Senior Class gift (benefiting the Fund for Oneonta) and get your cords. Find the senior class officers at the Office of Alumni Engagement station at GradHQ or at senior week events to pay by cash, check, Dragon Dollars or credit/debit card or click here.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns can be picked up at anytime during normal business hours at Red Dragon Outfitters. Red Dragon Outfitters store hours are Mon - Friday, 8 a.m - 4 p.m and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Alumni Engagement is hosting a "craft your cap" station at GradHQ on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday May 19 from 12pm - 4pm. There will be light refreshments and plenty of crafting supplies to decorate your cap if you choose.

Honors Medallion and Cords

If you have achieved honors, you will be able to pick up your honor medallion at GradHQ. If you have earned cords for LEAD milestones or service hours, you will be able to pick those up at GradHQ as well..

Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2022, Alumni Field House, (AFH), Dewar Arena

11 a.m. - School of Sciences

12:30 p.m. - School of Liberal Arts and Business

2 p.m. - School of Education, Human Ecology and Sports Studies

3 p.m. - Pass Through the Pillars (plan to arrive at IRC to be lined up, immediately following the 2 p.m. rehearsal)

After the last graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 20, you'll gather in IRC to line up for your second Pass Through the Pillars experience. If you are 21 or older and would like to participate in the Champagne Toast event following Pass Through the Pillars, bring your license or state ID to be checked during line up.

As freshmen, 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.

Join fellow members of the class at social events celebrating your final weeks at Oneonta. Don’t miss out on important updates and information by staying engaged with the Class of 2022 Campus Connection page. To see full event details find Class of 2022 on the Corq app, but some exciting activities to look forward to: 25 Days to Commencement, The Last Supper, Craft your Cap, and more.

Check your Oneonta email for instructions on where graduates should check in, arrival times, etc.
All graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception in tents on the academic quad immediately after your ceremony to enjoy refreshments and mingle with faculty and friends.

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

Special Accommodations

Students who need any permanent or temporary disability-related accommodations to participate in the May 2022 ceremony, should contact Accessibility Resources at or call 607-436-2137.

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Address to the Class of 2022 from Senator Schumer

New York Senator Chuck Schumer

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