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December Commencement December 6, 2019

December Commencement is a mid-year celebration to formally recognize students completing degrees in December and those unable to attend the May commencement. December Commencement will be held in Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel on Friday, December 6 at 2:00 pm. All faculty, staff, students, family members, and friends are invited to join the festivities.

Items Requiring Action

  • Confirm Degree Requirements —Be sure to confirm with the Registrar's Office that all requirements have been met for your degree.
  • Complete Required Graduation Forms
  • Order and Pick Up Cap and Gown: All students who participate in Commencement are required to wear a cap and gown. You must order your regalia for December Commencement directly online at beginning September 30th through Friday, October 25th

    Pick up regalia at the SU Bookstore 3rd Floor web order pick-up counter in the Schine Student Center from Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th..

    • Undergraduates: no charge for cap and gown.
    • Master’s candidates must purchase the master’s recycled keeper cap and gown for $44 and hood for $35.
    • Doctoral candidates must rent a cap and gown for $46.95. Doctoral candidates who have completed all requirements for the degree will receive a free hood as a gift at the Higher Degree Ceremony. Rented graduate regalia must be returned directly to the SU Bookstore following Commencement.

December Commencement Weekend Schedule

Commencement Rehearsal Wednesday, December 4, 3pm, Gateway Center

This will be a quick preview of what will happen at December Commencement! 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.

Inclusive Excellence Graduation Reception
Thursday, December 5, 11am, Gateway Center

To honor our graduating Graduate Diversity Fellows, international students, students of color, CSTEP and EOP students, and members of Kings, LASS, and the Rainbow Scholars. Each graduating student will receive a special Inclusive Excellence cord to wear during the Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Friday, December 6, Hendricks Chapel

Arrive at the Chapel no later than 1:30pm to participate in the procession. Ceremonies will include the individual recognition of each degree candidate.

Reception — A reception in the Gateway Center will follow Commencement. All welcome.

December Soiree Saturday, December 7, beginning 6pm, 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.

Questions or Concerns?

  • Commencement Weekend and undergraduate questions: Contact the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Graduate student questions: Contact the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies
    • (315) 470-6599

Guest Information

ESF Bookstore

Open Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm


Guest rooms are at a premium during Commencement Weekend. Arrange accommodations NOW!

If Syracuse area rooms are booked, you may be able to locate rooms in Auburn, Utica, Cortland, and other towns close to Syracuse.

Also, check the SU Commencement information on reserving space in SU residence halls—space is limited!


There are many great restaurants in the Syracuse area and new DestinyUSA Mall.

Make reservations well in advance!

On-campus Parking (ESF and SU)

Guests may park in SU's Standart Lot for the afternoon's Commencement ceremony. 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 no later than Friday, November 29.

  • 315-470-6660