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December, 2017 Commencement Undergraduate Students

Are you Ready for December Commencement?

December Commencement 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 Commencement will be held in Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel on Friday, December 8th at 2:00 pm.

Held prior to final exams, December Commencement 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

Commencement Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 6th, at 3:00pm in the Gateway Center. This will be a quick preview of what will happen on the 8th! Immediately following the rehearsal, the ESF Alumni Association will host a Toast and all graduating students will receive a commemorative glass in the Gateway Center.

Commencement Ceremony: Friday, December 8th in Hendricks Chapel. You need to arrive at the Chapel by no later 1:30pm in order to participate in the procession. Ceremonies will include the individual recognition of each degree candidate. You MUST pick up your cap and gown regalia at the Schine Student Center prior (Dec. 4th-8th).

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

December Soiree: Saturday, December 9th, 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 Commencement? YOU MUST COMPLETE THE UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION:

  • Online version—complete online and submit by Friday, November 17.
  • Printable version—print out, complete, and return it to the Registrar’s Office (111 Bray) by Friday, November 17.

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

Degree Requirements: All undergraduate students who will complete degree requirements by December 2017 are expected to participate in this Commencement. 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 Commencement 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 27th. 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 4th - Friday, December 8th. Rented graduate regalia must be returned directly to the SU Bookstore (main desk) following the Commencement. 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 Commencement ceremony. Directions to this lot can be found here. Please refer to your Commencement 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 Division of Student Affairs at 315-470-6658 no later than Friday, December 1st.. For directions to ESF, please click here.

Event Accessibility: For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Mary Triano at or 315-470-6658. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested. Closed captioning for hearing impaired guests and participants is provided.

Questions? Concerns?

Contact the Division of Student Affairs at 315-470-6658 or We're looking forward to celebrating with you!