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Applying for Graduation

Graduation and participation in the commencement ceremony are not automatic. Students must initiate the process themselves.

A Graduation Application should be submitted by students anticipating completion of ALL program/degree requirements according to the deadlines below. Applying for graduation does not include participation in the Commencement Ceremony, For all Commencement information see the Important Graduation Information.

Application Due Dates

Due dates for Applications
Semester Finished Conferral Month Application Deadline Special Notes

December 2019

December October 1 - December 6 Diplomas mailed out in February

Spring 2020

May January 21 - March 13 Students who apply by March 6th will be considered for potential Departmental Awards. Diplomas mailed in June.

Summer 2020
(May Commencement)

August January 21- March 13 Must have no more than 6 credits or 2 courses that do not exceed 8 credits left to finish over the Summer 2020 semester and be registered for them in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas mailed in October.

Summer 2020
(No May Commencement)

August May 25 - August 7 Diplomas mailed in October.


Graduation Fees

A Non-Refundable $55 fee is required at time of application. If you do not meet all requirements the fee will be applied to a future graduation application. If you are applying for two degrees you must pay $55 for each degree application. Please note if you do not meet all requirements in the term which you applied you must re-apply by filling out a new graduation application.

Getting My Diploma

All outstanding obligations to SUNY Orange (tuition, fees, books, etc.) must be satisfied before your diploma or certificate will be released.

All diplomas will be mailed to the address that was provided on the Graduation Application. Please notify the Registrar’s Office at registrar@sunyorange.edu if you have had a change of address.

Request for Duplicate Diploma: If at any time your diploma is lost or damaged you can order a duplicate diploma. Please note the duplicate diploma will say duplicate on it and will be ordered with the same name as your original diploma.

Notes about Graduation Requirements

An overall cumulative 2.00 GPA is required for all degrees and for an A.A.S degree a 2.00 GPA in major courses either cumulative or in each course is required in addition to the overall 2.00 GPA requirement.

 If you are anticipating receiving transfer credits in order to complete graduation requirements at SUNY Orange you must have completed a “Permission to Attend” form which gets approved by the Registrar and indicates SUNY Orange will accept the course(s) in transfer. All official transcripts need to be received by the Registrar’s Office no later than 7 business days prior to the graduation date.

Commencement Information

Applying for graduation does not include participation in our one Commencement Ceremony held in May. Please visit the commencement page on the SUNY Orange website at http://www.sunyorange.edu/commencement/checklist.html for more detailed information about how to sign up to participate in the commencement ceremony. You will be receiving commencement information from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. These letters are stamped “Important Graduation Information”. Save these letters as they contain important information you need concerning the Commencement Exercises. For questions about the ceremony please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at (845) 341 4000 or email dolores.jones@sunyorange.edu

Graduation Correspondance

Check your E-mail!  All correspondence in reference to your graduation application status will be communicated via SUNY Orange email. Please check your email for important information and possible required action to be taken by you. Any questions should be directed to registrar@sunyorange.edu