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Arrival to Ceremony

The Main Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2014, will take place in the Stadium located behind the Sports Complex.

Reserved seating in the stadium for wheelchairs will be available at the stadium. Inform guests with a disability that they should seek out an usher to be directed to wheelchair seating or special accommodation seating.

Families will be sent a map with pertinent information about commencement. If you are participating in your department’s program as well, also let your guests know details about the department’s ceremony so that they will know the time and location of this ceremony.

Stony Brook University consists of 125 buildings situated on 1,039 acres on the north shore of Long Island.  The main Commencement ceremony scheduled on May 23, 2014 at the Kenneth P. LaValle stadium will take place rain or shine.

To avoid congestions surrounding the stadium on 5/23, we highly recommend parking at the South P-lot accessed from the south entrance off Nicolls Road and utilize the bus service to main campus. Buses will run 8:00 am to 6:00 pm for commencement guests to and from various points (see Commencement campus map). Guests should be aware that the distance between buildings may be too difficult to walk. For those unable to walk this distance, we highly recommend guests viewing the live webcast of the main ceremony from the SB website.

Guests with Disabilities

Parking for ADA Permit Holders will be located on Gym Road. Proper identification is required. Stony Brook University’s ADA Transport Services van will be accessible from the Gym Road parking lot on Commencement Day.

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

Parking Services

Parking at Stony Brook University during Commencement is limited. Please refer to the parking section of this website to view the map for guests parking locations. 

If you have questions regarding parking at Stony Brook University, please visit our Parking and Transportation website at

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. Campus maps with transportation and parking information will be mailed.

Live Web Cast

There will be a live web cast of the following ceremonies:

  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 5/22/14, 1:00 pm

  • Baccalaureate Honors Ceremony 5/22/14, 6:30 pm

  • University Main Commencement 5/23/14, 11:00 am

The link for the above ceremonies will be available on the Stony Brook home page on 5/22 and again on 5/23. The ceremonies will then be archived and available online for two weeks following the ceremonies at: 

 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

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

Local Lodging

On Campus

The Hilton Garden Inn, located on the Stony Brook University main campus. See more information about nearby accommodations on the Visiting Stony Brook page.

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,

The Three Village Inn features a “taste of New England” in historic Stony Brook Village. Nestled in the heart of historic Port Jefferson, Danfords provides quality accommodations, many with harbor views. The Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook is also nearby. The Marriott Residence Inn in Holtsville is a few minutes away by car. Useful information for planning your visit is available from the Long Island Convention Visitors Bureau at


Stony Brook Memorabilia — Get Your Red On  

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

Show your Stony Brook spirit through a class ring or announcement: Stony Brook Ring: Students may purchase their class ring online at

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