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2024 Commencement Ceremony

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, we look forward to returning to the Empower FCU Amphitheater at Lakeview to celebrate our graduates.


Empower FCU Amphitheater at Lakeview
490 Restoration Way | Syracuse, NY 13209


The ceremony is being livestreamed. A link will be shared as the event date nears.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken March 28-29, 2024, in the Bray Rotunda. To schedule a portrait, click the button below and enter school code 87124.

Senior Portrait Scheduling


All students who participate in Commencement are required to wear a cap and gown. You can obtain these through the Syracuse University Bookstore in the Schine Student Center (bring your ESFID when you pick up) or by calling (315) 443-9900.

ESF Regalia

Regalia Reuse Program
Alumni can donate gently used graduation regalia for soon-to-be graduates to rent and wear on their big day! On average, graduation regalia is only worn for 90 minutes, with over 5 million ending up in the landfill annually. By donating or borrowing graduation regalia, you are keeping “single use” textiles out of the landfill and further fulfilling ESF’s mission to Improve Our World!

Donating Regalia

    • Regalia should be clean, gently used, and free of stains or heavy perfumes/colognes 
    • Only donate ESF-branded graduation regalia
    • How to donate:
      • Commencement ceremony: There will be a drop off bin at the Amp.
      • On campus: Bring it to the Office of Sustainability (123 Bray) or use a donation bin in Moon and Gateway the week after Commencement.
      • Ship it: Send your regalia to: Office of Sustainability, 1 Forestry Dr., 123 Bray Hall, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210

Borrowing Regalia
To be notified when rental opens, follow @esfsustainability on Instagram!


Guests may park on-site at the Amphitheater in the Orange Lot. Please follow directional signage and instructions from the ESF team.

There is a designated accessible parking or drop-off; please follow the signs once you enter the Orange Lot.

Clear Bag Policy

The Amphitheater has a clear-bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into all events. Bags will be checked upon entry.

More Details on the Clear Bag Policy

Event Accessibility

Accessible parking and drop-off are both available at the Amp. Accessible seating is also available.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodation, please contact 315-470-6660 or Two weeks’ advanced notice is requested.

Closed captioning for hearing impaired guests and participants is provided. 


All guests are to be seated in the Amp seats, not the lawn. Please note there will be sections designated for graduates and faculty; all other seating is available for guests.


Commencement will proceed, rain or shine! All seating at the Amp is covered.  

Get Your ESF Gear

ESF merchandise will be available for purchase from the ESF Bookstore tent at the top of the lawn.

Food and Beverages  

Food and drink trucks will be available before and after the ceremony, so please come early and plan to stay after to celebrate with the Class of 2024 and ESF faculty and staff!

Food is available to purchase from Bull & Bear Roadhouse – gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.

Vendors are 100% cashless; credit, debit, and mobile payments will be accepted.