Commencement Information

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Important Dates

March 1

Deadline to apply for graduation through SOLAR if you wish to have your name included in the Main Commencement Book.

March 6

Ceremony Attendance Form to participate in the University's main commencement ceremony is available on SOLAR.

April 18 - May 19

Cap and Gown Packages available to purchase at the Shop Red West. Master's regalia is $75.98 plus tax.

April 18-19

Graduation Fair at the Shop Red West: This event will provide you with the information and services for graduation and participation in the Commencement Ceremony. Representatives from the following areas will be present: Commencement Office, Career Center, Athletics, Graduation Announcements, Cap and Gown Packages, rings and much more. (This is not required, but you might find it useful.)

May 1

Deadline to register for the University's Commencement Ceremony through SOLAR and SPD's Commencement via its RSVP form.

May 11

By 5:00pm, tickets will be emailed to students who submitted their RSVP by the deadine. 

May 18

SPD Commencement Convocation (RSVP)

May 19

University Commencement 

Cap & Gown Information

Academic regalia is required to participate in the SPD Convocation and the main Stony Brook Commencement. Caps, gowns and hoods are available to purchase at the Shop Red West.Master's regalia is $75.98 plus tax. If you live too far away to purchase your regalia in person, please call 631-632-6543 for assistance.


Hood Color

Master of Arts in Higher Education

Light Blue

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Master of Arts in Teaching

Light Blue

MPS in Human Resource Management or Environmental Management

Peacock Blue

MS in Human Resource Management


Post-Master's AGC in Educational Leadership/School District Business Leadership

Students should wear the hood of the highest degree earned


SPD Commencement Convocation

All candidates will be recognized by name at the SPD Commencement Convocation. Degree and certificate candidates must RSVP by May 1. Candidates may bring up to three guests. SPD will issue e-tickets for this ceremony on May 11. (If you have requested extra tickets, you will be notified by May 8 about their availability.)


Thursday, May 18, 2017


Student Activities Center (SAC) Auditorium


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (candidates line up at 6:30 pm)

Line up:

Student Activities Center — Ballroom B

Professional photographers will be on hand to take graduation portraits. Dessert reception to follow in Ballroom A.


Stony Brook Main Commencement Ceremony

To obtain tickets, candidates must complete the Ceremony Attendance Form on the SOLAR System on or before May 1, 2017. Tickets guarantee entrance to the Stadium, but specific seats cannot be reserved.


Friday, May 19, 2017


Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium


11 am (candidates line up at 10 am)

For up-to-date information on the Stony Brook Main Commencement ceremony, including parking and line-up locations, please refer to the University Commencement Website.

Main Commencement Ceremony Tickets

For students that submitted the Ceremony Registration Form and plan to attend the Main University Commencement Ceremony, tickets will be available to pick-up at the Wang Center. Dates/times will be posted when available.





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Student Speaker Search

SPD is searching for its 2017 Commencement Speaker. Do you have what it takes? The student who is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. Applications are being accepted until April 21.

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SPD Commencement Convocation

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The deadline is May 1.

Nominate Your Favorite Professor

SPD needs your help in selecting a faculty member to honor with this year's Bentley Glass-Mortimer Kreuter Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. If you know of a faculty member whom you think should be recognized, please let us know.

Nominations are being accepted until April 12.

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