General Information About Spring Commencement
Commencement Day Seating
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the doors for the ceremonies will open one hour before the start of each Commencement Ceremony:
- Morning Ceremony - 9 a.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)
- Afternoon Ceremony - 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Guest parking will be available in the parking lots adjacent to the Field House. Limited parking for guests with disabilities is located immediately in front of the Field House. However, you must possess a handicapped decal or license plate to park in that section.
Vehicles may drive to the front of the Field House and unload your guests, but must be parked in the nearby lots. Please follow the directions of University Police at all times.
Individuals with Disabilities
The Field House is accessible to the disabled through the gymnasium's front entrance (Please look for signs). Participants and/or guests, who have questions regarding disability access, should contact the President's Office at 518-564-2010. An area adjacent to the stage has been set aside for individuals in wheelchairs or those unable to climb stairs. Disabled-accessible restroom facilities are also available in the Field House.
SUNY Plattsburgh also provides a signer for graduating students and guests with hearing problems. Please notify the President's Office at (518) 564-2010 prior to Commencement Day to make arrangements for seating of those requiring this service.
The College Store will be selling light refreshments, flowers for graduates and gift merchandise in the Lobby of the Field House prior to each ceremony.
Commencement is a formal ceremony and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Please follow the directions of the ushers and University Police officers at all times.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on Field House grounds as well as in the building. Guests, as well as graduates, are not permitted to smoke in the Field House due to N.Y.S. Law.
Persons, including degree candidates, found to have alcoholic beverages in their possession or smoking during the ceremony will be removed from the premises by University Police.
Tickets for Commencement
No tickets will be required for students or their guests to attend Spring Commencement this year. However, college officials may stop the entry of guests if the Field House Gymnasium reaches capacity.
Animals at Commencement
While we allow guests who utilize service animals to bring their important companions to commencement, it is inappropriate for animals not trained to deal with large crowds, noise, and confusion to be part of the celebration. Animals are NOT allowed at commencement, except SERVICE ANIMALS required to perform tasks for persons with disabilities.
New York State Law (https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ny-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s353d) prohibits leaving an animal inside a confined vehicle in extreme heat or cold without proper ventilation or other protection. For the safety and comfort of the animals and our guests, it is important that pets be left at home. Guests who insist on bringing pets to the ceremonies will be asked to leave immediately. No exceptions will be made for graduates or guests.
Balloons are not allowed in the Field House Gymnasium since these items can do damage to the facility's air handling system. Please refrain from bringing them to Commencement. Other forms of distraction, such as noisemakers, are also prohibited.
SUNY Plattsburgh cares about the safety of its new graduates and their families. As a precaution, backpacks and other items may be inspected before visitors enter the Field Hose for Commencement ceremonies. The College appreciates your cooperation in making this a safe and memorable event.
For more information about Spring Commencement at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Office of the President
159 Hawkins Hall
(518) 564-2010 (phone)
(518) 564-3932 (fax)