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Important Dates

April 17

Deadline to apply for graduation through SOLAR if you wish to have your name included in the Main Commencement Book. You will also be able to RSVP for the University's Commencement in SOLAR until this date.

April 16 - May 24

Cap and Gown Packages available to purchase at the Shop Red West. Master's regalia is $84 plus tax. You can pick it up at the store or order it online and have it shipped to your home for an additional fee. Details.

April 16-17

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 10

Deadline to order your tickets to SPD's Commencement Convocation

May 23

SPD Commencement Convocation 

May 24

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 $84 plus tax. If you live too far away to purchase your regalia in person, you can order it online and have it shipped to you. Details.


Hood Color

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

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


Thursday, May 23, 2019


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



Stony Brook Main Commencement Ceremony

To obtain tickets, candidates must have applied for graduation via   SOLAR on or before April 17, 2019. Tickets guarantee entrance to the Stadium, but specific seats cannot be reserved.


Friday, May 24, 2019


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

 The University will issue e-tickets for the Main Commencement ceremony. Visit the Commencement Website for details.