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Congratulations, Graduates!

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Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11 a.m.

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A Message from President Maurie McInnis

Dear Graduates,

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 — a group of students who have demonstrated, time and again, their commitment to making the world a better place. 

I have often said that we Seawolves are defined by our multi-faceted nature: our ability to collaborate, reach across disciplines, and innovate. And indeed, our graduates today reflect the inspiring diversity of thought and experience at Stony Brook University. We are celebrating the commencement of the country’s next generation of physicians, artists, nurses, scientists, musicians, speech pathologists, authors, journalists, public servants, activists, and so much more. 

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Celebrate with Us!

Enhance your celebration with printable signs that you can hang up or hold.  Add new GIPHYs to make your images even more fun! Be sure to tag @stonybrooku and include the hashtag #SBUgrad in any social media posts. 


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Each downloadable PDF file includes 7 different styles!

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December Commencement Update

Dear Stony Brook University Community,

One of the most important traditions at any university is our commencement ceremony. This is a momentous occasion, where we celebrate our students’ achievements as part of our community and cheer them on as they embark on the next phase of their lives and careers. Given the significance of this ceremony, we are committed to making this as memorable an event as possible.

Going forward, Stony Brook will host one university-wide commencement ceremony and one doctoral hooding ceremony each year, in the spring. This will allow us to invest maximum effort and resources into these signature events hosted by the university each year. Schools and colleges will continue to host their personalized department convocations the week of spring commencement. 

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