File your Application for Degree
The Application for Degree is a required form that notifies the University of a student's intent to fulfill his/her degree requirements at the end of the current semester. THIS INFORMATION ONLY PERTAINS TO SPRING 2017.
Undergraduate Application for Degree (AFD):
If you have not declared your candidacy, go to BU BRAIN to complete this. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The undergraduate AFD is on BU BRAIN, under the student tab. Deadline: March 24, 2017.
Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD):
The Spring 2016 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) is available online. Deadline: March 24, 2017.
Spring 2016 GAFDs must be submitted no later than March 24, 2017, to guarantee inclusion in the Spring 2016 Commencement program.
Submit your Intent to Participate Form
Deadline for submission: Friday, May 5, 2017
The Intent to Participate Form is your RSVP to participate in the Commencement ceremony. By filling out this form you are telling us you will be at the ceremony. This is different than the Application for Degree you submit through BU Brain.
If you would like to participate in Spring 2017 Commencement, you must complete the Intent to Participate Form.
To fill out the Intent to Participate Form:
- Log in to my.binghamton.edu and enter your PODS username and password.
- At the top of the front page, you will see a notification if you are eligible to participate. If you are not eligible, you will see instructions on which forms to fill out.
- If you do not see anything relating to Commencement on your myBinghamton home page and feel that this is in error, please contact 607-777-2140.
Successful submission of the online Intent to Participate Form:
- Makes you eligible to purchase a cap and gown
- Adds you to the online ticket system
- Reserves you a seat at the ceremony
Participating in Commencement activities is optional and does not guarantee graduation. To be considered a Binghamton University graduate, you must complete the Application for Degree and satisfy all your degree requirements.
Order your Cap and Gown
All students must wear a cap and gown approved by the University Bookstore to participate in Commencement. To order your cap and gown, go to Cap and Gown Details.
Pre-order your cap and gown by March 25, 2017 to save!
Claim your Tickets
Commencement tickets may be claimed at this link (coming soon) starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 26 until Monday, May 8, 2017. Commencement tickets must be claimed through the Events Center website.
Only students who have registered for Commencement (using the Intent to Participate Form) are permitted to claim tickets during the first two weeks. If you are not able to claim tickets, e-mail email@example.com or call 607-777-2140.
After registering for Commencement, please allow one (1) business day for processing.
Additional tickets are available while supplies last beginning May 8, 2017.
Only students who have registered for Commencement are permitted to claim additional tickets during this time on a first come, first-served basis. For more information see below.
Please note: all students who register for Commencement will receive tickets. Amounts to be announced in April.
Not graduating in May 2017/ Have already graduated
The Petition to Walk Form is only for undergraduate students who will not fulfill their degree requirements in the Spring 2017 semester, but wish to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony.
To qualify, you must complete your remaining credits within the upcoming academic year. For more questions contact your academic advisor.
Exceptions may be made in the following circumstances:
- Military or family necessity
- International student returning to home country
- Extraordinary personal circumstances
The deadline to file the Petition to Walk Form is March 24, 2017. Anything filed after this date does not guarantee inclusion in the program.
Claim Extra Tickets
Students may be able to claim extra tickets beginning May 8 through May 19, on a first come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Note: extra ticket allotment is determined by ceremony size and is not guaranteed.
If family/friends cannot make a ceremony, be sure to have them tune in live on the Binghamton University YouTube Channel.