Ceremony Information

The December Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 17, 2015 at 11 am in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena located in the Sports Complex on west campus. Please note that no strollers/carriages will be permitted in the arena.

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. For more directions visit:

A printable campus map will be available hereMaps will also be mailed home in November. 

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,


A printable campus map will be available soon. Suggested parking for December Commencement will be the stadium lot off of Stadium Road. All parking is free of charge. The ISC Metered Lot will be reserved for cars with appropriate ADA Permits. The ADA van, equipped with a lift, will be available for those who require assistance between the parking lot and the Sports Complex. If you have questions regarding parking at Stony Brook University, please visit our Parking and Transportation website at

Guests with Disabilities

Parking for ADA Permit Holders will be located on Gym Road in the ISC Metered Lot. 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


All candidates wishing to participate in Commencement must complete a Ceremony Registration Form accessible on SOLAR. Completion of the registration form automatically reserves ceremony guests tickets. 3 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. Doors open at 10 am;arriving early is recommended.

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 ceremony and will be available from the Stony Brook University homepage on December 17, 2015. The ceremony will then be archived and available online for two weeks following the ceremony 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






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