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December, 2013 Convocation
Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Commencement, Convocation & Celebration Activities
  • Undergraduate Application for Graduation Form—Online, PDF

Graduate Students

December, 2013 Convocation
Undergraduate Students

Are you Ready for December Convocation?

December Convocation is a mid-year celebration and gathering of the ESF community to formally recognize students completing their degrees in December, and who may not be able to attend the Commencement ceremonies in May. As in past years, the Convocation will be held in Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 6th.

Held prior to final exams, December Convocation is not a Commencement, but is a celebration of scholarship and academic accomplishment. The program includes the individual recognition of degree candidates. All faculty, staff, students, family members and friends are invited to join the festivities.

Items for Your Planning Calendar

Convocation Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 4th, at 3:00pm in Marshall Auditorium. This will be a quick preview of what will happen on the 6th! Immediately following the rehearsal, the ESF Alumni Association will host a Champagne Toast and Pin Ceremony in Nifkin [Alumni] Lounge.

Convocation: Friday, December 6th in Hendricks Chapel. You need to arrive at the Chapel by no later 12:30pm in order to participate in the procession. Ceremonies will include the individual recognition of each degree candidate.

Reception: There will be a complimentary reception held immediately following Convocation in the new Gateway Center. We welcome families and their guests to join in the celebration!

December Soiree: Saturday, December 7th, beginning at 6:00pm at Drumlin's Country Club. This semi-formal dinner-dance is sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Association in honor of December degree candidates. Tickets are required and will be available in advance. You will receive detailed information regarding the December Soiree in your mailer in mid-October or click here for the order form.

Items Requiring Your IMMEDIATE Action or Response

Undergraduate Application for Graduation: Undergraduates: Do you plan to attend the Convocation? YOU MUST COMPLETE THE UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION:

  • Online version—complete online and submit by Friday, November 8.
  • PDF version—print out, complete, and return it to the Registrar’s Office (111 Bray) by Friday, November 8.

If you do not complete this form by the deadline, your name will not be included in the convocation program.

Degree Requirements: All undergraduate students who will complete degree requirements by December 2013 are expected to participate in this Convocation. Be sure to confirm with the Registrar's Office that all requirements have been met for your degree.

Caps and Gowns: All students who participate in December Convocation are required to wear a cap and gown. You can obtain these through the Syracuse University Bookstore in the Schine Student Center (315-443-9900). To place your order, you must go to the third floor of the Bookstore to be measured NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th. Undergraduate students are provided with a cap and gown at no charge!

Regalia can be picked up from the SU Bookstore (3rd Floor – Reception Area) Monday, December 2nd - Friday, December 6th. Rented graduate regalia must be returned directly to the SU Bookstore (main desk) following the Convocation. Purchased graduate regalia does not need to be returned.

Hotels/Motels: If out-of-town guests will be coming to Syracuse to celebrate with you, reserve space NOW. Click here for a list of hotels/motels in the area.

Parking: Guests may park in SU's Standart Lot for the afternoon's Convocation ceremony. Directions to this lot can be found here. Please refer to your Convocation mailing for more details. If you or a member of your family will be in need of handicapped parking facilities, please make arrangements with the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at 315-470-6658 no later than Friday, November 22. For directions to ESF, please click here.

Questions? Concerns?

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 315-470-6658 or studentinvolvement@esf.edu. We're looking forward to celebrating with you!


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