May Commencement 2010

Graduation hats

Main University Commencement
May 21, 2010 @11:00 a.m. - Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

On May 21, 2010, Stony Brook will celebrate their 50th Commencement Ceremony. The main ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, and the Commencement Festival will follow just outside the Stadium.

The University Commencement will confer degrees on those candidates who have completed degree requirements by specific dates: December 2009, January 2010, May/June 2010, and Summer 2010. The program usually takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Graduates are not called to the stage during the ceremony. The more personalized Department/School/College convocations take place on the same day.

Baccalaureate Honors Convocation
May 20, 2009 @7:00 p.m., Main Stage, Staller Center for the Arts

The Baccalaureate ceremony will recognize all candidates graduating with distinctions of cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude. This is a "by invitation" ceremony.  Students assemble 6:15 p.m. in the Staller Center.

Multidisciplinary Studies




Social Sciences Interdisciplinary




All candidates planning to march in the Commencement procession must be robed. This year's graduates will be "Red Hot" wearing red academic attire. Retainable RED caps, gowns and hoods can be purchased at the University Bookstores starting in late March. Robes and hoods are designed differently for each level of degree. The satin lining is designed in the colors of the institution awarding the degree; in your case, the colors are blue and gold representing the State University of New York. The velvet border is the appropriate color for the degree, e.g., Bachelor of Arts is white, Bachelor of Science is yellow, Master of Music is pink, etc.
Note: Candidates receiving certificates should wear hood signifying their highest earned degree.
Cost for Retainable Attire            Degree - Cap, Gown,
Hood  $64.07 (tax included) before 3/17/10, after 3/17/10: $69.50 (tax included)

For additional information, contact the University Bookstore on West Campus at 631-632-6550 or 631-632-4500 or HSC Bookstore on East Campus (L2, Rm. 310) at 631-444-3685.

If a candidate does not wish to wear a cap and gown, we will seat non-robed students in specific reserved seating. A special ticket is required and may be picked up in the Office of Conferences and Special Events in early May.

Parking & Arrangements for Persons With Special Needs
Parking will be available in most lots. Special bus transportation will be available to transport guests from the South P parking lot directly to the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Bus transportation will be available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All parking is free of charge.

Arrangements for persons with special needs:
Reserved space for wheelchairs will be available. Inform guests with a disability that they should seek out an usher. Parking spaces will be set aside in the Stadium Parking Lot for cars with appropriate disabled identification. The ADA van, equipped with a lift, will be available for those who require assistance between the parking lot and the Stadium.

Candidates with a special need should notify the Office of Conferences and Special Events where arrangements for either marching or seating will be discussed.
Ceremony Attendance Form must be completed on the SOLAR System no later than May 7, 2010 at midnight in order to obtain tickets.

Ticket Distribution for the Main Ceremony:
Each candidate who completes the ceremony attendance form on the SOLAR System is eligible for up to 4 tickets. Tickets are available for pick up May 13 to May 18. Candidates must show current identification. If tickets are not picked up during this period of time, you will automatically forfeit your tickets.

Important Dates

March 10 Ceremony Attendance Forms will be available on the SOLAR System.
This form must be completed in order to obtain tickets to the Main Ceremony.  Contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events (632-6320) if you have difficulty completing the form.
March 16/17 Graduate Salute 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Student Activities Center Main Lobby
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, Graduation Announcements, Caps and Gowns, Rings and more.
March 18 Caps, Gowns, and hoods will be available for purchase in the
Commencement Day approaches.
University Bookstore. Selections will become more limited as
*March 19 Deadline to apply for graduation to be in the printed commencement program.
May 7
at midnight 
Last day for Ceremony Attendance Forms to be completed
on the SOLAR System. This must be done in order to pick up graduation tickets.
*May 13-18 Ticket distribution in all departments.
May 14 Last day for non-robed candidates to pick up candidate identification for reserved
seating from the Office of Conferences and Special Events.
*May 19 Ticket distribution of late and unclaimed tickets in departments.
May 20 Baccalaureate Honors Convocations, Staller Center,
Assemble at 6:15 p.m., ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.
May 20 Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony.
Assemble at 1:00 p.m. Staller Center, ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.
May 21 Commencement assembly at 10:30 a.m.
March begins promptly at 10:45 a.m,
ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.   


Commencement Memorabilia
Class Rings and Announcement Purchases
Contact the University Bookstore directly regarding information about purchasing announcements and/or class rings. The University Bookstore is in the Melville Library on Main Campus. Contact them by phone at 631-632-6550 or 631-632-4500.

Photographs taken during Commencement
To view and/or order photographs taken during ceremony by Media Services go to:

Ordering Flowers for Your Graduate
Flowers will be available for purchase on site, at graduation. To pre-order your flowers please click on the link.

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