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Faculty & Staff Information

SUNY Orange's 70th Commencement Exercises will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Below please find important Commencement information for your review. Many of you may be familiar with the Commencement ceremony format, however, if you are new to the College this information may be useful.

You can view and/or print the Academic Procession Line-up by navigating to the "P" drive. Click on the folder labelled Commencement Info. Then click on Academic Procession Line-Up 2020 and Academic Procession Line-up Cover Sheet. To find your place in the line-up press control F and type in your last name. This will bring you to your place in the line-up. Listed at the end are the names of those excused, those who will be sitting on the platform, and those who are on duty.

If you are sitting on the platform you should assemble in the mansion where you will get instructions from Carol Murray. If it rains, the Platform Party will assemble in the Dance Studio located in the Physical Education Center.

Mark Strunsky, with the help of a few others, will be organizing the Line of March. If you have any questions regarding Faculty Line-Up, you can contact him at ext. 4792 or e-mail mark.strunsky@sunyorange.edu

Academic Attire

All faculty, staff and graduates who plan to walk in the Ceremony, are required to wear academic regalia (caps and gowns). If you do not have your own regalia, a cap, gown, and hood may be ordered from the College Bookstore. You must contact the Bookstore as soon as possible. The deadline to purchase/rent academic regalia is March 31, 2020.  Any questions please call the Bookstore at (845) 341-4815. The information needed by the Bookstore is: degree held, from what college or university, your height, weight and hat size.



Graduates will assemble in the Concourse area of Horton Hall at 4:25 p.m. SHARP. Emeriti and Faculty will assemble right behind the Graduates. The platform party will assemble at Morrison Hall and will be at the end of the procession line. Formation time for Faculty and Emeriti will be 4:40 p.m.

The formation will be completed at 4:45 p.m. At precisely 5:00 p.m., the procession will begin.

In Case of Bad Weather


Graduates will assemble in the upper corridors. The head of the line will be in the corridor which is at the end of the hallway (South field side.) The line-up will run through the observation deck of the handball courts and continue down the corridor adjacent to the P.E. offices, ending in the main lobby.

Emeriti and Faculty will assemble in the basement of the Physical Education Center. The head of the line will be in the area adjacent to the main men's locker room (South field side), continue down the corridor and through the entrance level to the handball courts. The line may be long enough to extend beyond the handball court area down the adjacent corridor. They will march up the stairs to the upper corridor and into the gym. The Platform Party will assemble in the Dance Studio in the Physical Education Center.

Since the building will be crowded, it is important that you pay strict attention to the student and the faculty formation leaders. After lining up, on the signal from the Marshal of the Exercise, the formation will proceed to the gymnasium.

Marching Order:

  • (1) Marshal of the Exercise
  • (2) Chairman of Commencement
  • (3) Student Marshal
  • (4) Graduates
  • (5) Professors Emeriti
  • (6) Faculty and Staff
  • (7) Alumni
  • (8) Platform Party


The aisle for the Recession will be the aisle on the graduates' left. (as they are seated facing the platform). In the recession, the reverse order of the procession will be used ‑ i.e., Marshal of the Exercise, the Platform Party, Professors Emeriti, Faculty & Staff, Student Marshal and Graduates. In the recession the graduates march out last, after the Faculty & Staff. It is most important that the Student Marshal lead the graduates along the roadway passing the Library, Morrison Hall, Orange Hall to Harriman Hall before they break. This will ensure there will be no crowding at the end of the line.

IF IT IS RAINING, space will not permit the graduates to recess (march out of the gym). Only the platform party and faculty will be in the Recession.