Commencement

Family and Friends

Family and Friends

  • International Guests: if you need to apply for a visa in order to attend the Commencement ceremony, be sure to have your student write a letter of invitation. Be sure to have them include:
    • Their name, the reason for them living in the U.S. and their current immigration status (likely F-1 or J-1)
    • The names of your family members who wish to visit, an explanation of the purpose of their visit and how long they expect to stay
    • A copy of your I20’s/DS-2019, if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Visit the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitor's Bureau for information on hotels and restaurants
  • Make hotel reservations as early as possible. Most hotels in the immediate area book up 12-18 months in advance.
  • Make arrangements for you and/or fellow guests in need of special accommodations during the ceremony. Keep in mind that the Events Center is an athletic arena with bleachers and stadium seating.
  • Arrive no earlier than 1 hour prior to the ceremony.
  • Obtain guest tickets from your graduate.
  • Review maps and parking information. Parking is free, but the earlier you arrive, the less likely it is you will find a spot. Please be mindful that there may be a ceremony before yours.
  • Open-captioning is displayed on all screens at the Events Center. An American Sign Language interpreter is also located on the stage (stage right) for all ceremonies. Sitting in section 101 will give you the best opportunity to see the interpreter.
  • Plan to meet your graduate outside of the Events Center after the ceremony.

Last Updated: 3/1/17