With so much uncertainty about the continuing state of COVID-19, SUNY Canton will not be able to hold a traditional commencement ceremony this year. Rather, we’ll be holding two virtual ceremonies honoring the graduates of the class of 2020 and 2021.

We recognize that this might come as a disappointment to you and your families, and we’re working on several other tentative scenarios. Some of those concepts include graduate-only live ceremonies or small-group events that will enable social distancing. Please note that those ideas are subject to state regulations among other considerations.

All of our decisions regarding commencement are made using the best possible data and careful consideration of all options. Our main goals remain to honor our graduates in a way that is meaningful while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Questions? Contact Special Events Coordinator Amber Baines at

Students celebrate at Commencement