May 2014 Graduation
Commencement Weekend 2014 is May 10-11! Because ESF and SU share Commencement ceremonies, you will also receive information from SU. If you have not received an SU mailing by March 30, contact SU Office of Special Events, 315-443-4631.
All undergraduate students who will satisfy degree requirements by May or August 2014, and those who completed their degree in December 2013, are expected to participate in Convocation and Commencement. You must complete the Application for Graduation and return it to the Registrar’s Office, 111 Bray Hall, by Friday, April 11. If you do not meet this deadline, your name will not appear in the convocation program.
Convocation and Commencement are different in their objectives. Convocation is a less formal ceremony in which the ESF community recognizes the achievements of graduating students. Cap and gown are required. Commencement is a more public and formal ceremony that officially marks the end of graduating students’ ESF careers. Degrees will be awarded at this time and full academic dress is required.
Members of the graduating class are strongly encouraged to attend both events so that they may receive the recognition they undoubtedly deserve.
Be sure to thoroughly read the “Convocation Logistics” section below. It will give you a good idea of how things will work graduation weekend.
Commencement Weekend Schedule
NOTE: Tickets are NOT required for Convocation on Saturday. If you would like to attend the Spring Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 12, you must contact the Office of Student Affairs at 315-470-6658.
NOTE: Tickets are NOT required at Commencement at the Carrier Dome on Sunday.
|Wednesday, May 7||
3:30 pmConvocation Rehearsal, Marshall Auditorium - Followed by the Champagne Toast on the ESF Quad, sponsored by the ESF Alumni Association [Rain location: Nifkin Lounge, Marshall Hall]
|Thursday, May 8||10:00 amCommencement rehearsal in Carrier Dome (enter at Gate “D”)|
|Saturday, May 10||
8-9 amHonor's Students Convocation: Gateway Center Room A
10 amCurriculum-Specific Faculty Receptions for Degree Candidates, their Guests, and Members of the ESF College Community!
Locations of Curriculum Specific Faculty Receptions:
Chemistry: 130 Jahn
Environmental Studies: Nifkin (Alumni) Lounge
EFB/Biotechnology (all majors) - Illick Foyer
Environmental Resources Engineering: Gateway Center
Environmental Science: 408 Baker Lab
Forest and Natural Resources Management: 1st Floor Bray Hall Rotunda
Landscape Architecture: 327 Marshall/3rd Floor Corridor
Paper and Bioprocess Engineering: Walters, 2nd Floor Lobby
Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering: Baker Lobby by the "Tree"
|12:30 pmStudents Line up, SRC Arena and Events Center, Allyn Hall Gym|
|1:00 pmConvocation, SRC Arena and Events Center, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse|
|Sunday, May 11||7:30 amMaster's and Ph.D. Continental Breakfast, Gateway Center|
|7:45 amHigher Degree Ceremony, Gateway Center|
|8:00 amUndergraduate Continental Breakfast, Nifkin Lounge|
|8:45 amESF Procession to Dome - ESF Quad|
|9:15 amAcademic Procession|
|9:30 amCommencement will begin at the end of the procession|
Those who participate in Commencement Weekend are required to wear academic attire. You can obtain these items in the Bray Hall Rotunda, Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, 11am to 3pm. There is no charge to undergraduate students for the cap and gown.
“I’m Graduating! What Do I Do Now?”
Need help with job search techniques, writing your resume, interview skills, employer contacts? Have you established contacts to obtain references? There is a way to maintain contact with ESF and to look for employment opportunities. Stop by 110 Bray Hall and see all that is available!
Annual Spring Awards Banquet
This annual ESF event will be held April 12, 2014 at The OnCenter. This semi-formal dinner recognizes the scholarship, service and contributions of ESF students. Dancing will follow that formal program. This is the biggest social event of the year! Get your tickets as soon as they go on sale, watch for advertisements!
If you’d like souvenir invitations, you can pick them up in 14 Bray Hall beginning Monday, April 7. Limit 5 per graduate. Please bring your ESF I.D. with you.
Senior Class News
Any ideas for the Senior Class Gift? Share your thoughts with other class members at the upcoming Senior Class Meeting. Watch for meeting announcements in e-mail and posted around campus! We’ll also be discussing the Year-in-Review Senior Slideshow which will be presented at the Spring Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 12. If you can’t attend but have some input, leave a message for the Senior Class Chair, Joe Piazza, firstname.lastname@example.org, in 14 Bray Hall.
Guests With Limited Mobility
Both the SRC Arena and the Carrier Dome have wheelchair accessible doors on the lower level, and space where guests in wheelchairs can comfortably view the ceremonies. For Convocation, guests in wheelchairs or those who need assistance should enter the SRC Arena from Parking Lot 11/12. For Commencement, guests requiring special accommodations can be dropped off in front of the Carrier Dome while someone else parks the car.
Guests Who Are Hearing Impaired
We will be happy to make arrangements to have a sign language interpreter at Convocation on Saturday. Simply call the Student Affairs Office (315-470-6658) prior to April 12. The Commencement ceremonies are signed; several interpreters are located throughout the Dome. Seating locations for hearing impaired guests will be posted in the Carrier Dome.
Lights, Camera, ACTION!
The 24th Annual ESF Year-In-Review is in the planning stages right now! The presentation will feature as many graduates as possible. We need prints or slides of you and your ESF buddies (the funnier the better!). Please e-mail photos to Joe Piazza at email@example.com or items can be dropped off in 14 Bray Hall. All will be returned if marked with your name and address. The presentation will be featured at the Spring Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 12th.
Dining, Lodging, Directions & Parking
Syracuse Area Dining & Lodging
Guest rooms are at a premium during Commencement Weekend. If you will need accommodations, make those arrangements NOW! Very few motels in the metropolitan Syracuse area still have rooms available. You may be able to locate rooms in Auburn, Utica, Cortland, and other towns close to Syracuse. AAA members may wish to contact the Syracuse area office at (315) 451-2000 for more detailed information. Also, check the SU Commencement information on reserving space in SU residence hallsspace is limited! Hotel Links: www.esf.edu/maps/lodging.htm
There are many great restaurants in the Syracuse area and also in the new DestinyUSA Mall. Click here to check out some of the popular restaurants.
There are many additional fine restaurants listed in the Syracuse Yellow Pages. Due to the number of people who will be in Syracuse during Commencement Weekend, reservations should be made well in advance!
Syracuse University will also host different Commencement Eve Dining Options. You can learn more by visiting Syracuse University's Commencement website at:
On-campus Parking (ESF and SU)
A limited number of ESF campus parking permits will be available in 14 Bray Hall beginning Monday, April 7th, on a first come-first served basis. One permit per family; extra permits may be available Monday, May 5th, depending upon supply. Please bring your ESF I.D. with you when you come to pick up your permit.
Additionally, all Syracuse University lots will be open throughout the weekend.
May 10, 2014 - SRC Arena and Events Center (4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215)
- You must be at the SRC Arena and Events Center in the Allyn Hall Gym by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Students will be arranged by curriculum and you will be instructed about your “name card”. You will then process into the arena according to your program of study.
- The ceremony will begin PROMPTLY AT 1:00 p.m. The Provost will begin his remarks at 1:00 p.m., and all participants will already be seated.
- Each degree candidate in attendance will be individually recognized. Your name will be announced, and you will cross the stage to shake hands with the President of the College and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
- Individual recognition of undergraduates will begin after the Senior Speaker gives their brief remarks.
- All students will follow a counter-clockwise pattern to receive recognition. They will rise, and proceed to their right into the aisle and up the stairs. Students will hand a name card to their faculty chair at the podium on the left, then cross the stage, shake hands with the President of the College and the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and return to their seat on the Arena floor.
- The same format is followed for each of the remaining curricula. The students seated at the end of the left side aisle will be signaled by a Commencement Host as to when to rise and form a line, so that “lag time” between people crossing the stage is held to a minimum. If you are the last student in each curriculum who will cross the stage, you will receive a different color name card. This will notify your faculty chair that you are the final student from your curriculum to cross the stage.
- Convocation Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. Followed by a Champagne Toast on the ESF Quad.
- You will wear a cap and gown at Convocation as well as Commencement. There is no charge for undergraduates but there is a charger for master's and Ph.D. The prices for Masters are $39.95 for cap and gown and $29.95 for the Masters keeper hood. The price for the doctoral cap and gown rental is $43.95. You can pick these up in Bray Rotunda, April 30th and May 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will need a parking pass from the Office of Student Affairs in order to park on campus during Commencement Weekend. A limited numbers of passes are available. Stop by 14 Bray to obtain a pass beginning Monday, April 7th.
- Commencement invitations are available from 14 Bray beginning Monday, April 7. First come first served, but limited to 5 per graduate.
Other questions or concerns? Call us in 14 Bray at 315-470-6658.