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Ceremony Participation

Graduation Application

May 2016 potential graduates (those meeting graduation requirements) must apply for graduation. Log into UCanWeb between January 5 and March 1, 2016 and follow the step by step directions.

Promptly applying for graduation assures you will be included in the 2016 Paysonian yearbook and the Commencement program. Graduation application does not guarantee that graduation requirements have been completed.


Because of limited seating capacity, this year's Commencement is a ticketed event and those without a ticket will not be admitted into Roos House. Each graduate participating in Commencement will be allotted four (4) guest tickets which will be distributed in student commencement packets when pre-ordered regalia is picked up at the Campus Store.

Note: All family members and guests, including small children, must have their own ticket to enter the building.

Extra Tickets

If there are any EXTRA TICKETS available, they will be given out via a raffle, one ticket at a time. If all names have been chosen and there are still tickets available, students needing more than one ticket will be put back into the bin for a second round raffle.

To be included in the raffle for available EXTRA TICKETS, please complete the Extra Ticket Request Form.

This form must be completed by 4:00 pm on April 29. IF THERE ARE EXTRA TICKETS AVAILABLE, the raffle will be held on Saturday, April 30. Students who receive extra tickets will be notified by Monday, May 2.

Commencement Packet

Included with the academic regalia is a Commencement Packet. The packet includes practice instructions, tickets, and other pertinent information. Graduates with their own regalia may pick up a Commencement Packet from the Campus Store. Please pick up packets by 4 pm on April 29.

Caps and Gowns

Will be available for pick up at the Campus Bookstore beginning Monday, April 18.

You MUST pick up your CAP and GOWN (or make alternative arrangements with the Bookstore) by 4:00 p.m. on April 29 or YOU WILL LOSE YOUR COMMENCMENT TICKETS.

IF YOU DID NOT ORDER A CAP AND GOWN, you should email the Bookstore (bookstore@canton.edu) providing your name and telephone number. The Bookstore has a limited supply of extra caps and gowns, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Bookstore will contact you beginning April 18 to arrange payment/pick-up.


The same applies if you only need a TASSEL. You MUST pick up your TASSEL (or make alternative arrangements with the Bookstore) by 4:00 p.m. on April 29 or

Overflow Venue

We understand that you may have many family and friends who would like to attend your graduation ceremony. We wish we could accommodate them all. For those who do not have a ticket, we will have an overflow venue in Dana Hall where a live feed of the ceremony will be shown on a large screen.

Guest Information

ALL Guests must have tickets to enter CARC and are to be seated by 10:00 am. If Guests do not have a ticket, Commencement can be viewed via live feed at Dana Hall.

Safety Information

Turn off all electronic devices (ringers disabled). NO balloons or selfie-sticks will be allowed in the Field House.

Please do not bring any large bags or backpacks into the facility. All bags are subject to search.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

Students graduating in August and December 2015, May 2016, or August 2016 (lacking only one course) who have not previously had their name listed in a SUNY Canton Commencement program and have not participated in an earlier SUNY Canton Commencement ceremony for each degree received are eligible to participate. No student may be listed in more than one Commencement program per degree.


Transfer students are strongly encouraged to check with their School Dean as early as possible in the Spring semester to ensure validation of all transfer credit.

Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee that graduation requirements have been completed. When final grades have been received at the end of the Spring semester, the Registrar, in consultation with the School Deans, will certify eligible graduates in accordance with the policies, rules, and regulations of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Commencement Program

The potential graduate listing by School, formatted for the program, will be available on the Commencement website for preview in March. Check the list to ensure that your name and degree title are correct.

To correct any spelling errors please contact the Registrar's Office, Miller Campus Center – One Hop Shop or call 315-386-7042.

To report missing information or incorrect denotations, etc. please contact the School Dean’s Office:

  • Business & Liberal Arts, MacArthur Hall 416 or call 315-386-7328
  • Canino School of Engineering Technology, Nevaldine North 105 or call 315-386-7411
  • Science, Health and Criminal Justice, Cook Hall 125 or call 315-386-7401

Watch the Commencement website or your SUNY Canton email for the announcement.

Records, Diplomas, and Honors

imageFinal honors for August and December 2015 and January 2016 graduates will be listed in the Commencement program. Tentative honors are listed for May 2016 and August 2016 and do not include any Spring 2016 coursework. Final honors, based on the final cumulative GPA, will be noted on the diploma and transcript.

Diplomas will be mailed to May graduates in early summer.

Clear all financial holds that you may have. A diploma cannot be issued unless all financial obligations are satisfied.

Graduation Fee

This $10 fee is included on the Spring Semester bill and is required for all graduates.

Commencement Attire

All graduates participating in the ceremony are required to wear a blue cap and gown with a blue and gold tassel.

A regalia package (cap, gown, and tassel) must be ordered at collegegrad.herffjones.com (search SUNY Canton) between January 18 and March 13, 2016. Payment is due at time of pick up ($40 tax included.) Purchase and pick up the regalia starting Monday, April 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Textbook Window, Miller Campus Center. Graduates who are not on campus during the Spring Semester may arrange for regalia to be mailed to them; email bookstore@canton.edu.image

Bachelor degree hoods ($30 tax included) will also be available. Honor graduates with a GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible to wear a gold tassel. Upon request and verification, honor students may purchase a gold tassel ($5 tax included.)

Members of the SUNY Canton honor societies are eligible and encouraged to wear their designated honor stole or cord. Members must contact their Honor Society Advisor by Monday, March 23, to order an honor stole or cord.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, May 6, at 1:00 pm. Meet in the Ice Arena at Roos House and line up behind your School flag. Graduates participating in the ceremony must attend.

Commencement Day

The 108th Commencement ceremony will be held at the Field House in ROOS House. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.

At 9:15 a.m. graduates convene on the Ice Arena and line up alphabetically by curriculum, behind their school flag.

The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and all candidates present at the ceremony will be recognized individually by name as they cross the stage.

All-Campus Reception

A reception for graduates, family, friends, faculty, and staff immediately follows the Commencement ceremony.

Disability Access

Arrangements can be made for participants and guests with unique needs. Designated seating is available for people with mobility issues. Guests using this seating may be accompanied by one other member of their party.

To inquire about special parking or seating, please call 315-386-7918.

Campus Center Store

The Campus Store, Richard W. Miller Campus Center, will open on Saturday, May 7, from 8:00 to 11:00 am for any last-minute purchases. Commemorative tee shirts will be on sale at the ROOS House on Commencement morning.

Students taking photoPhotographs

A professional photograph proof will be sent to you following Commencement. You will have the option of purchasing additional copies from the photographer. Details will be included in the Commencement Packet.

Commencement photos can be viewed at: http://www2.geneseephoto.com

Commencement Flowers

A large selection of fresh cut flowers will be available for purchase at Commencement. To pre-order flowers: www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/sunycanton


Commencement announcements will be available for purchase. Order announcements at bookstore@canton.edu.

Commencement Webcast

SUNY Canton’s Information Services Department will be broadcasting SUNY Canton’s 108th Commencement ceremony on the internet. Those interested in viewing the ceremony on their computer should visit www.canton.edu on Commencement.

On-Campus Housing

Depending upon availability and with roommate consent, parents and family of graduates may stay in their son’s or daughter’s room. These accommodations do not include any linens, towels, etc. Arrangements must be made in advance with the Residence Hall Director of your student’s residence hall.

Those unable to stay with a son or daughter and unable to find local motel accommodations may reserve rooms in the residence hall. The charge for these accommodations is $20 per room; room has two beds and no linens, towels, etc. are included.

Reservations must be made by Friday, April 15, by calling 315-386-7513 or emailing reslife@canton.edu


Lodging in the immediate vicinity is limited. The Commencement Committee urges those planning to attend to make reservations as early as possible. The following listing may be of assistance in securing accommodations:

SUNY Canton Legacy

A Legacy is a student who has a son, daughter, parent, or grandparent who is an alumnus of the College. This program recognizes families for their continued generational support and helps Legacies stay connected through special events. If you are a Legacy, email Peggy Levato at alumni@canton.edu. Include the following information: Name, Degree, Mailing Address, Phone Number and E-mail Address. Please indicate the same information for your family member who is also a Legacy.

NYS of Health Program

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Special Events Coordinator
Diane Collins
Phone: 315-386-7918