Important Dates

Feb 5, 2016: Deadline for Spring (May) & Summer (August) Undergraduate and Health Science Undergraduates candidates to apply for graduation through SOLAR by clicking the “apply to graduate” link under the Academic records section.

March 1, 2016: Deadline for Spring (May) & Summer (August)  Graduate candidates and Health Science Graduate candidates and Spring (May) & Summer (August) SPD candidates to apply for graduation through SOLAR and be included the in Commencement publication. *Please note, any candidates that apply after March 2 may not be in the Commencement Publications.

 PLEASE NOTE: Applying for graduation after these deadlines WILL NOT guarantee that your name will appear in the printed commencement program.

March 4 - May 1, 2016: "Ceremony Registration Form"  is now available on the SOLAR for candidates that applied to graduate and for Summer graduates that did not participate in Commencement last May. This form must be completed and submitted to obtain tickets to the 2016 Commencement ceremony. Contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events if you have difficulty completing this form (631-632-6320).

April 12, 2016: Retainable caps, gowns, and hoods will be available for undergraduate and master candidates to purchase at the University Bookstore. 

April 12 & 13, 2016:  Spring Graduation Fair at the University Bookstore 12 pm- 7pm: One stop location to register to attend the ceremony, purchase regalia and get important ceremony information. Graduates may also take senior portraits at this time through Thornton Studios. To sign-up for your portrait appointment at a different time, please go to and click on “Schedule Portrait Sitting”. – use School Code: 02838 or call 1-800-883-9449.

April 21-22 & April 26: Thorton Studios will be taking senior portraits 10am-4pm at the Student Activities Center Auditorium. 

May 1, 2016: Last day to submit the "Ceremony Registration Form" on SOLAR System. All candidates planning to attend the ceremony must submit this to obtain tickets.

Ticket Distribution: Pick up your tickets for the MAIN CEREMONY any of the following dates/times: at the Charles B. Wang Center, Main Lobby 

  • May 4th - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 5th - 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM
  • May 6th - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • May 11th - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 12th - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 13th - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


There will be no extra tickets outside of the allotted amount. Candidates unable to pick up their tickets during the above times will be able to pick up tickets at the "Ticket Pick-up" Tent the day of the ceremony. Please contact 631-632-6320 if you are unable to pick up tickets or have questions/concerns.

Department Convocation tickets must be picked up separately. Please contact your department representative.

 2016 Department Convocation Schedule

 Doctoral Hooding
Thursday May 19, 2016
Island Federal Credit Union Arena
Baccalaureate Honors Ceremony (invitation only)
Thursday May 19, 2016
Island Federal Credit Union Arena
Main Commencement
Friday May 20, 2016
Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium




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