Students celebrate at Commencement

A Letter to the Classes of 2022

Dear Graduates and Families,

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 114th Commencement on May 14, 2022. 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

Special FAQs due to COVID-19

Plans and requirements are subject to change due to new/updated State, SUNY, and campus guidance/policies.

What about my cap and gown?

  • Graduates no longer need to order their cap and gown from a separate company. Cap and Gowns will be available for pick up starting April 25, 2022. Pick up location is across the hall from the Campus Store. 
  • If you do not come to campus for any reason, you may request to have your cap and gown mailed to you by emailing with the following information:
    • Name
    • Height
    • Shirt Size
    • Address
    • Call Back Number

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

 Please fill out the late request to walk form.

What are the COVID Protocols for the Ceremony?

Masks will be available for unvaccinated individuals.

How many guest tickets will I receive?

Each graduate will receive 5 guest tickets. They can be picked up with your cap and gown at the campus book store or they will be mailed with your cap and gown if you are having it shipped to you. Please let the campus store know if you would like your tickets shipped with your cap and gown.