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How to Participate

Three separate Ceremonies will be held as follows on May 18:

  • Health Professions Division Exercises: 9:30 a.m.
  • Business, Math, Science and Technologies Division Exercises: 2:00 p.m.
  • Liberal Arts Division Exercises: 5:00 p.m.

Apply for Graduation by April 1

  • Complete the Graduation Application on the Registrar's website.
  • Check the Registrar's webpage for application deadlines. Not responding by deadlines may result in you not being able to participate in the Ceremony

Complete Electronic Response Card by April 24

After you complete the Graduation Application with the Registrar's Office, you must complete the Electronic Response Card to let us know you wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony, and include you in the line-up.  Only those who respond by completing the form will be allowed to walk in the ceremony:  The deadline to respond is April 24, 2023. 

Which students are eligible to participate?

December 2022 graduates, students who are anticipating graduating in May 2023, and eligible August 2023 candidates for graduation are eligible to march in the ceremony.

Check the Registrar's webpage for the graduation application and the application deadlines.

If you choose to march you must complete the Electronic Response Card no later than April 24, 2023 to let us know your intention to participate in the ceremony

Accommodations for a disability

If you have a disability that could affect how you participate in the ceremony, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements. Please contact our office at (845) 341-4000.

Accessible parking for guests will be available on the day of the ceremony.

When do I get my diploma?

Whether or not you walk in the Commencement ceremony, all diplomas for May 2023 graduates will be mailed 4-6 weeks after Commencement. Only diploma covers will be presented to the graduates the day of the ceremony.  August 2023 candidates for graduation who were eligible to walk will receive their diplomas in September once they have completed all of their degree requirements.

student checking phoneLook out for Instructions by Email

  • Commencement information from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services will be emailed and mailed to you.
  • Important details you will need to know regarding your specific Commencement Ceremony will be provided.
  • Please be sure to check your SUNY Orange email account regularly. We will be sending periodic emails with instructions, deadlines, and important dates regarding your Ceremony 


  • Graduation application process:
    Contact the Registrar's Office at (845) 341-4140 or e-mail registrar@sunyorange.edu

  • Commencement Exercises:
    Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services (845) 341-4000 or email vpss@sunyorange.edu