Your Guide to Commencement 2022

Posted by Nicole El Chami on May 3, 2022

As a senior experiencing the semester’s end, I find myself reminiscing about my four years at Binghamton. While it’s an amazing time for seniors to look back on their Binghamton experience, I also understand the stresses that come along with impending graduation, as there’s a lot to prepare for: distributing Commencement tickets to your family, ordering your cap and gown, and, not to mention, figuring out what to do after graduation. Luckily, there are so many fun events planned for Binghamton graduates leading up to the big day. To ease some of your senior scaries, check out the information listed below for your full guide to graduation.

What to Wear

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Regalia is mandatory if you are attending a Commencement ceremony. For those who missed the pre-order deadline for regalia, you can purchase your cap and gown at the campus bookstore beginning May 2 during regular bookstore hours! Visit the Cap and Gown webpage for more information and deadlines, or email if you have any further questions!

Name Cards

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Harpur graduates may pick up their name card at the Harpur Edge office on May 3-11 from 1-4 p.m. Harpur Edge is located in Library North 1105, next to Jazzman's. Is your name often mispronounced? Harpur Edge staff will be there to assist you with the phonetically correct writing of your name to assist the name readers at Commencement in pronouncing it correctly. Make sure not to lose it, and bring it with you to Commencement! Graduates from all other schools can pick up their name card at check-in immediately prior to their Commencement ceremony.

Commencement 2022 will take place from May 20-22

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Commencement will take place from May 20-22. However, the School of Pharmacy PharmD Hooding Ceremony will occur at 10 a.m. May 13 and the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. May 18. For more information regarding the Spring 2022 Commencement schedule, go online!


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Graduates are permitted to claim up to five tickets for their ceremony. More ticket information can be found online. Make sure to distribute your guests' tickets prior to Commencement day— it's one less thing to worry about as you prepare to cross the stage! Guests can present their tickets on their smartphone or they can present a printed ticket. Both digital and printed versions will be accepted at the Events Center.

Transportation and Parking

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Follow the signs upon arrival on campus for guest and graduate parking near the Events Center.

  • Guest/Student Parking - F Lots; H lots and M lots if needed
  • ADA Accessible Parking/Drop Off - Lot F
  • Student Drop Off - Lot G1

Guests who have a handicap parking pass may park directly in front of the Events Center. For guests who do not have a parking pass, they may be dropped off in front of the Events Center. The accessible entrance will be to the far left of the Events Center and these guests may check in at the Guest Services table. There will be volunteers to assist them to their seats.


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Graduates should arrive at the Events Center 45 minutes prior to the ceremony to check in and line up; follow the signs to enter the Events Center on the floor level! Doors will open for guests at the front of the Events Center 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. 

Day of Ceremony Checklist

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  1. Bring your name card with you! (Harpur graduates only)
  2. Take your cap and gown out of the package to release some of the wrinkles; wear it to your ceremony!

  3. Do not bring purses, bags or other large personal items with you. There won't be a designated place to leave it and after crossing the stage, you may not return to your original seat. 
  4. Don't forget your phone to take tons of pictures!
  5. Make sure your guests have their tickets before you go to the Student Check-in area. 

Ceremony Length

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Each ceremony is expected to last between 1.5 hours and 2 hours.

Arriving to Commencement

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Follow the signs to the Student Check-in area. Follow volunteer instructions and proceed to the check-in tables. You will then line up according to school, major or department. If you wish to sit with a friend, that person must stand either ahead of you or behind you in the same line. As you approach the stage, you will scan your name card, which adds your name to the queue to appear on screen. Remain in line to ensure your name is displayed when you are called!


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All ceremonies will be broadcast live. Livestreams will begin 30 minutes prior to each ceremony and can be viewed via our YouTube channel.


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Finding your graduation photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts and more.

If have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, call 800- 261-2576, or email!


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You will receive your diploma in the mail, to the address Binghamton University has on file, six-to-eight weeks after the end of your final semester.

For more information on Commencement, visit

Nicole El Chami is a senior majoring in English and she interns in the Office of Marketing and Communications at Binghamton University. She is excited to begin graduate school in the fall, where she will be working towards her career goal of becoming an English teacher. In her free time she loves painting and going on walks with her dog.

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