Doctoral Hooding
Thursday May 21, 2015
Island Federal Credit Union Arena
Baccalaureate Honors Ceremony (invitation only)
Thursday May 21, 2015
Island Federal Credit Union Arena
Main Commencement
Friday May 22, 2015
Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

*Stony Brook University’s May Commencement will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 11 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium located on Main Campus. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. The ceremony is held rain or shine; dress accordingly. Please note that due to the expansiveness of the University’s campus and because the event is held outdoors, attending the ceremony may be physically challenging for some guests.

Getting to Campus:

Stony Brook University is situated on an 1,040-acre site on the North Shore of Long Island in southeastern New York. We are approximately 60 miles east of New York City. Please see the Transportation panel on the other side of this brochure for maps and directions. To find the campus via GPS, enter the address “100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.”

Printable Map available here. Maps will also be sent home. 

Commencement Parking:

Stony Brook University’s campus can be challenging to navigate on Commencement Day. To help you avoid traffic congestion and arrive at the ceremony on time, guests are encouraged to park in the University’s Main Commencement Parking Lot located on the South Campus. Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Stadium from 7 am to 6 pm. Restrooms will be available at this location.

Additional parking information is available at

Guest Arrival:

The gates to the Stadium will open to ticket holders one hour prior to the ceremony. Seating is bleacher-style and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should plan to arrive early.

Candidate Arrival and Lineup:

Graduation candidates in academic attire will assemble behind the Island Federal Credit Union Arena at 10 am and line up for the procession by schools and colleges.

Local Lodging:

On Campus

The Hilton Garden Inn, located on the Stony Brook University main campus. For more information visit: Hilton Garden Inn 

Off Campus

Danfords Hotel & Marina, Port Jefferson, NY

(800) 332-6367,

Holiday Inn Express, Stony Brook, NY:
(631) 471-8000,

Marriott Residence Inn, Holtsville, NY
(631) 475-9500,

Three Village Inn, Stony Brook, NY
(631) 751-0555,

Guests with Disabilities

Guests requiring ADA Permit parking are encouraged to display their permits upon arrival to campus for access to ADA lots located at the Stadium Parking Lot (indicated on the map). Permits must be prominently displayed when parking. ADA shuttle buses will run continuously to the Stadium and are scheduled to depart for post-ceremony convocations from Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium’s Gate 2 at half-hour intervals from 12:30 pm to 6 pm. 

For more detailed information on disability access for all campus locations please see the Disability Access Index by visiting


All candidates wishing to participate in Commencement must complete a Ceremony Registration Form accessible on SOLAR. Completion of the registration form automatically reserves ceremony tickets. Tickets will be distributed prior to the ceremony at predetermined dates/times. All family, friends and guests are required to present their tickets upon arrival to the Arena prior to being seated. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Note: The sale of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

Live Web Cast

There will be a live webcast of the Doctoral Hooding, Baccalaureate and Main Commencement ceremonies. The webcast will be available from the Stony Brook University homepage on May 21 & 22 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. The ceremonies will then be archived and available online for two weeks. Click here or visit

Due to limited seating, an alternate viewing location has been secured in Frey Hall for all non-ticketed guests.

Food and Beverages

Guests may purchase refreshments at:

  1. SAC Food Court – 7:30 am to 6 pm – Student Activities Center
  2. Starbucks – 8 am to 4 pm – Student Union
  3. Union Deli – 8 am to 4 pm – Student Union
  4. Administration Cart – 8 am to 2 pm – Administration Building
  5. Jasmine – 11 am to 5 pm – Charles B. Wang Center
  6. Simons Café –11:30 am to 3:30 pm – Simons Center for Geometry and Physics

Graduation Flowers & Stony Brook Memorabilia: Get Your Red On: 

Graduation flowers will be available for purchase on site the day of the ceremony. To pre-order your flowers and guarantee your color preference, place your order at

Purchase your memorabilia at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore located in the Melville Library. The bookstore will be open from 8:15 am to 6 pm on Commencement Day.

Stony Brook Ring: Students may purchase their class ring online at Graduation Announcements:


The Alumni Association

Visit the Alumni Association Tent located at LaValle Stadium to learn about the value of your Alumni Network. Are you an alum whose child or grandchild is graduating? Contact the Alumni Office at (631) 632-6330 or and let us know you are attending the ceremony!




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