2020 Virtual Celebration - Thursday, May 21, 4 p.m.
While our in-person Commencement Ceremony has been delayed to a later date, there will still be a Virtual Celebration of our graduates on Thursday May 21 at 4 p.m.
The Virtual Celebration of Graduates will include messages to the graduates from Fred Watson, chair of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees, and Dr. Kristine Young, College president. In addition, the graduates’ names will scroll online. The event will be streamed on the SUNY Orange Facebook page at 4 p.m. and will be reposted to the College’s YouTube channel. For more details on the celebration, visit our 2020 Virtual Celebration page.
College Delays 2020 Commencement
"After much deliberation and review of the current social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Orange will delay our 2020 Commencement ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 21. I truly wish that we could celebrate in our customary way, at our customary time. But, clearly our priority now is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve our own health, as well as the health of our College community, our friends and our neighbors. We are all in this together. I’m hopeful we can find a suitable way to virtually recognize the Class of 2020 in late May, while also investigating the potential timing of an in-person Commencement ceremony later in the year."
--Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange President
Message from the President
You are about to complete your degree requirements here at SUNY Orange, meaning you are ready to apply for graduation and register to participate in Commencement. I congratulate you upon reaching this most significant milestone.
I encourage you to take part in Commencement, even if you plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor s degree ... or more. Some people may try to convince you to skip Commencement for various reasons, but I would argue that you should participate for two reasons: you ve earned the right to be recognized for your achievement, and your attendance allows US to celebrate YOU.
Each year, I am truly moved as I watch our newly minted graduates circle the Alumni Green through a cordon of robustly clapping College faculty members and administrators. I know we all truly enjoy that very special moment and the chance to pay tribute to your accomplishments.
As you depart SUNY Orange for the next phase of your academic career, or as you embark upon a new or revamped professional path, I am confident the College has prepared you to tackle the challenges that await. The College's reputation as a rigorous academic institution will always accompany you and will serve you well, particularly in difficult economic times.
I wish only the best for your future. Enjoy Commencement and savor your successes, but most importantly, be proud of your accomplishments. You've worked hard to get here.
Best of luck from all of us at SUNY Orange.
Dr. Kristine Young