2024 Spring Commencement 

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Wildcat Field House

  • 10 a.m. | College of Engineering Commencement
  • 2 p.m. | College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health Sciences Commencement


These vibrant speakers will provide valuable insight and inspiration as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.

Heather Hage, commencement speaker, President & CEO of Griffiss Institue

Heather Hage, President & CEO of Griffiss Institute
Speaker for College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony
Heather's bio

Mike Bellman, pastor and community advocate, speaker for commencement

Mike Ballman, Community Advocate and Pastor of Cornerstone Community/Plymouth Bethesda Church
Speaker for College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony
Mike's bio



Checklist for Graduates

The SUNY Poly community is excited to celebrate you and your fellow graduates on May 4.  

Below is a list of tasks that should be completed in preparation for commencement: 

  1. Apply to graduate through the Registrar's Office as soon as possible to be reviewed for degree clearance if you have not done so already.  Submit your application now

  2. RSVP for commencement if you plan to attend in person. You must RSVP to attend. August 2023 and December 2023 grads are welcome (and encouraged!) to walk in this ceremony.  
    • RSVP now (College of Engineering Commencement)  
    • RSVP now (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health Sciences Commencement)
  3. Order cap, gown, and other regalia by March 7. Payment is not due until pickup at the Wildcat Den. You will be notified by email when orders are ready. Online only students may order regalia to be shipped to their home, with payment at the time of order. No orders can be placed after March 7, but some in-stock regalia may be available after that time. 
  4. Share commencement details with family and friends. 

  5. Complete the First Destinations/Graduate Survey. This survey helps us to know how we can best serve our students and alumni in the future.

    • Coming on April 17

  6. Update your contact info to stay connected and ensure you don't miss career, networking, and social opportunities. 

  7. Review the Commencement FAQ section below. Still have a question? Email

  8. Celebrate this accomplishment at pre-commencement events. 

    100 day 2024 commencement schedule

Commencement Info for Faculty & Staff 

Thank you for supporting our graduates as we celebrate this important achievement! Your presence is especially meaningful to our students. There are just two steps you need to take in preparation for commencement: 

Let the team know you’re planning to participation in the Commencement Procession by filling out this RSVP form. 

Order Regalia (if needed) 
To rent or purchase regalia, fill out the appropriate forms (Bachelor's/Master's or Doctorate) and return to by March 7.

Volunteers Needed
Please consider supporting our students by volunteering to help on Commencement Day. To sign up, fill out this brief form.

Thank you again for being a part of this significant milestone!  

Frequently Asked Questions 


We’re so glad you are interested in learning more about SUNY Poly’s Commencement, our most important community tradition. Below are the questions most frequently asked by students, families, and friends. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at

All family members and friends of our graduates are welcome and encouraged to attend. A ticket is not required for attendance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduates participating in the ceremony should arrive at Donovan Hall ground floor G172 no later than 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Yes! Flowers and Official Class of 2024 t-shirts can be conveniently purchased through this storefront page. They can be picked up at our booth outside the Wildcat Field House prior to the graduation ceremony.

There are two ceremonies being held on May 4: one at 10 a.m. for the College of Engineering and one at 2 p.m. for the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Health Sciences. Each ceremony is expected to last for about 1 and a half hours.

A SUNY Poly campus map is here, which shows options for parking. The "P Lot" is reserved for accessible parking only.

Yes! HRI-Cart (Live-Captioning) or ASL interpreting will be provided during the event.

A “drop off” zone in close proximity to the Field House entrance from Wildcat Drive will provide close access for guests with limited mobility and/or require short walking distances. Note: this zone is drop-off only.

Accessible parking in the “P” lot accessed from Wildcat Drive or Hilltop Drive will be reserved for those with limited mobility. This park-to-entrance distance is longer than the drop-off zone and requires guests to use the elevator/stairs to the first floor, where seating is organized.

Accessible seating can be found inside near the drop-off zone. While seating is reserved with signage, it is limited. Please arrive early to ensure accessible seating.

If you require other accommodations or have questions, please connect with our Student Accessibility Services staff at or call (315) 792-7170.

Here is a collection of local accommodations, provided by Oneida County Travel and Tourism.

To find an appropriate dining option, we recommend you utilize Oneida County Travel and Tourism’s Restaurant Finder.

Decorate your commencement regalia with specific adornments signifying your achievement and/or contribution to the university. All requests must be submitted for approval. 

Review the 2024 Adornment Policy

Request Adornment/Club Regalia

Business casual attire is recommended. Students will also wear regalia.

Bags are permitted inside the Wildcat Field House. However, Campus Police reserves the right to check any bag at any time.

A livestream link to view the ceremony will be provided on the SUNY Poly website before commencement.

Graduates, friends, and family are encouraged to use the hashtags #SUNYPolyGrad and #SUNYPoly2024 on social media. We will be sharing content during and after our commencement ceremonies on SUNY Poly’s official social media channels.

Celebrate Commencement on social media.

Graduates, friends and family are encouraged tag official SUNY Poly social media accounts and use the hashtags #SUNYPolyGrad , #SUNYPoly2024 and #SUNYPoly on social media. The university’s social media team will be sharing content during and after our commencement ceremonies on SUNY Poly’s official social media channels.

Individuals will have the opportunity to share a message on our social media wall that will be displayed during our commencement ceremonies on May 4. Individuals can submit a congratulatory message and/or photo starting May 3.

  • Use #sunypolygrad or #sunypoly2024 on Twitter or Instagram
  • Text a message and/or photo (no video) to (315) 860-8437
  • Send an email to
    • Write your message in body of the email (text in subject line will be ignored)
  • Attach photos to email (Attached images can be in JPG, PNG, BMP, or GIF format, and should be under 8mb.)

Question? Contact

Questions can be emailed to




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Detailed information, brochures and forms can be mailed to you upon request.


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