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Commencement Information

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Important Dates

March 2

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

March 2

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

March 2

Deadline to apply for graduation through SOLAR

April 14-15

Graduation Fair at the University Bookstore: 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.)

April 14

Cap and Gown Packages available to purchase at the campus bookstore. Master's regalia is $75.98 plus tax

April 15

RSVP deadline for SPD Commencement Ceremony (link will be posted by 3/2/15)

May 1

Deadline to register for the University's Commencement ceremony through SOLAR

May 4-May 15

Tickets will be available to pick-up for students who submitted the Ceremony Attendance Form. See ticket pickup information below.

May 21

SPD Commencement (RSVP form will be posted soon)

May 22

University Commencement (Tickets required)

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 campus bookstore.


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 Resources Management or Environmental Management

Peacock Blue

MS in Human Resources Management


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

Students should wear the hood of the highest degree earned

SPD Convocation

All candidates will be recognized by name at the SPD Convocation. Degree and certificate candidates must RSVP by April 26.


Thursday, May 21, 2015


Student Activities Center (SAC) Auditorium


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (candidates line up at 6:15 pm)

Line up:

Student Activities Center — Ballroom B

Professional photographers will be on-hand to take graduation portraits. Reception to follow in SAC Lobby.

Stony Brook Main Commencement Ceremony

To obtain tickets, candidates must complete the Ceremony Attendance Form on the SOLAR System on or before May 3, 2013. Tickets guarantee entrance to the Stadium, but specific seats cannot be reserved.


Friday, May 22, 2015


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 during the following hours:

  • Thursday 5/04/15 2 pm to 7 pm
  • Friday 5/05/15 11 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday 5/06/15 11 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday 5/14/15 2 pm to 7 pm
  • Thursday 5/15/15 11 am to 4 pm




School of Professional Development
Convocation Ceremony

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Graduate Silhouette

Student Speaker Search

Do you have what it takes to represent your class at the SPD Convocation Ceremony? Let us know! We are holding a contest to find this year's speaker. If you would like to enter, please complete our short application by April 1.

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