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Ceremony Participation

Graduation Application

May 2015 potential graduates (those meeting graduation requirements) must apply for graduation. Log into UCanWeb between January 19 and March 2, 2015 and follow the step by step directions. Promptly applying for graduation assures you will be included in the 2015 Paysonian yearbook and the Commencement program. Graduation application does not guarantee that graduation requirements have been completed.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

Students graduating in August and December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015 (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. Graduates will be certified at the Faculty Assembly Meeting scheduled for May 15.


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, Faculty Office Building 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 2014 and Janury 2015 graduates will be listed in the Commencement program. Tentative honors are listed for May 2014 and August 2014 and do not include any Spring 2013 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 19 and March 15, 2015. Payment is due at time of pick up ($40 tax included.) Purchase and pick up the regalia starting Monday, April 20, 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 Packet

Included with the academic regalia is a Commencement Packet. The packet includes practice instructions and other pertinent information. Graduates with their own regalia may pick up a Commencement Packet from the Campus Store.


Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 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 107th Commencement ceremony will be held at the Field House in ROOS House. The ceremony is scheduled for 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 9, 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: www.geneseephoto.com



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



Commencement on the Internet

SUNY Canton’s Information Services Department will be broadcasting SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement ceremony on the internet. Those interested in viewing the ceremony on their computer should visit http://www.canton.edu/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 17, 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.


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