Due to New York State's guidance on large gatherings, the 112th Commencement has been postponed. The Ceremony will be held in a “live” format as soon as it is safe for us to schedule. We will send out an announcement as to the date as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

Questions? Contact Special Events Coordinator Amber Baines at

Students celebrate at Commencement

Special Video Messages

Special FAQs due to COVID-19

When will the “live” Commencement Ceremony be held?

Plans are still underway; please continue to watch for an email and check this webpage often.


Please note that some deadlines have shifted or do not apply at this time.

  • Cap/Gown/Ticket pick up deadlines are canceled until further notice; we will notify everyone as to when you can come to campus to pick them up.
  • Extra Ticket Request deadline is canceled until further notice. As we are still in the early planning stage and will not know for some time if we will be able to offer more than the normal five tickets per graduate, we ask that those wishing for extra tickets submit a request. As a reminder, extra tickets are done by lottery and cannot be guaranteed.

To confirm a specific deadline, please contact Amber Baines at or (315) 386-7918.

What about my cap and gown?

  • Students who ordered their cap and gown and plan to attend the rescheduled live ceremony will be notified as to when/how they should pick up their regalia; there is no need to do anything until you receive that notification.
  • Students who ordered their cap and gown, not attending the live ceremony, but still want their regalia can have it mailed to them. Send an email to to make arrangements (provide your name and a call-back number).

What if I missed my Apply to Graduate/RSVP to Commencement deadline?

For the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, there is no requirement for Late Request to Walk, and no Late Fee will be charged.

What about my hotel reservation?

We’ve been in touch with our local hotels, which are offering refunds or reservation transfers without penalty. If you’ve scheduled through an online booking agency, you’ll likely need to reach out to that provider for a refund.

A Letter from the President

Dear Graduates and Families,

President Szafran congratulates a graduate with a handshake.

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone! You have worked hard to achieve your goal of completing your program of study, and we at SUNY Canton are now preparing to celebrate your achievements at the 112th Commencement, which will be held in a “live” ceremony as soon as it is safe for us to schedule. We will send out an announcement as to the date as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

At this ceremony, we will not only award diplomas, certificates, and awards; we will also honor your extraordinary accomplishments and the commitment of time and resources that students and families, as well as faculty and staff, have devoted to helping get us to this momentous place. You should be very proud – I know we are.

We are also proud of the way SUNY Canton has grown and developed in response to the changing needs of our students, the educational environment, and our economy. We strive to prepare our students for a successful new beginning, whether that is moving into productive careers or continuing education. The purpose of the Commencement ceremony is to officially usher you into this exciting new chapter in your lives.

The Commencement ceremony is a special event that requires a great deal of planning and careful attention. We have several resources to help you prepare for this special day. This information can be found at the links listed throughout our Commencement webpage; you should find answers to frequently asked questions by students, families, guests, and faculty. Please take a moment to read through this information carefully.

As President, I consider it an honor to preside over Commencement at SUNY Canton, and I look forward to celebrating with you.

Best Regards,

Dr. Zvi Szafran