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Commencement is a milestone in which we celebrate our students’ achievements as they complete their academic journey at ESF. To mark the significance of this occasion and to help us honor our degree candidates, we are planning receptions, award ceremonies, and other festivities.

A livestream will be available for the May 13 ceremony – a link will be shared and posted here during commencement week.

Please check back often, as details will continue to be announced!

May 2023 Commencement

Students in graduation regalia walking into the hall

SUNY ESF Commencement
Saturday, May 13
2 p.m. | St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Graduate School Higher Degree Ceremony
Friday, May 12
4:30 p.m. | ESF Gateway Center

All graduates are required to complete the survey below by no later than Friday, April 14. Open the link below in incognito mode and use your credentials. 

Complete the Survey


Ceremonies, Receptions, and Special Events


Tuesday, May 9

Inclusive Excellence Reception

Gateway Center

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Tassles on a table

Wednesday, May 10

Graduation Rehearsal and Champagne Toast

Gateway Center

3 p.m. 

Champagne in champagne glasses

Friday, May 12

Graduate School Higher Degree Ceremony

Gateway Center

4:30 p.m.

President Mahoney and another person putting a graduation sash on a student

Saturday, May 13

Honors Ceremony

Gateway Center


People at Gateway center

Saturday, May 13

Department Receptions

Locations TBA

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

People standing around a reception table.

Saturday, May 13

SUNY ESF Commencement

St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

2 p.m.

Commencement ceremony at the Amphitheater

Sunday, May 14

Graduate/Family Breakfast

Procession to JMA Wireless Dome

Gateway Center

7:30 a.m.

cheese and fruits

   Sunday, May 14

  Joint Ceremony with Syracuse University

  JMA Wireless Dome

  9:30 a.m.

E S F Quad

Graduate School Student Checklist

In addition to successful completion of coursework and faculty requirements, Graduate School students are required complete additional paperwork before the degree will be awarded.
Student Checklist for Graduation


Senior Portraits

Get your free senior portrait taken!
March 7-9 | Bray Hall Rotunda
Set up an appointment
School code: 87124
Questions? Call 1-800-687-9327 (Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)


Caps & Gowns (Regalia)

SUNY ESF Commencement
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.

Graduate School Higher Degree Ceremony
Regalia must be worn by degree candidates during the Higher Degree Ceremony on Friday and at Commencement on Saturday. 

ESF Regalia



SUNY ESF Commencement
St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
490 Restoration Way | Syracuse, NY 13209

Graduate School Higher Degree Ceremony and other receptions
1 Forestry Drive | Syracuse, NY 13210



SUNY ESF Commencement
Guests may park on-site at the Amphitheater.

Graduate School Higher Degree Ceremony and other receptions
Parking will be available to guests during the entire Commencement Weekend in all available campus lots, including our auxiliary lot (P22).  No parking permits are required.


Event Accessibility

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact 315-470-6660 or Two weeks advanced noticed is requested. Closed captioning for hearing impaired guests and participants is provided.


Undergraduate activities: (315) 470-6660

Graduate School activities: (315) 470-6599