Faculty Participation

Commencement 2020 is postponed. For more information, please read the full announcement from President Stenger.

Register to participate!

Commencement at Binghamton University is a special weekend for our graduates and their guests. Nothing honors them more than the presence of the faculty that guided them through their time here.

Watching the students that you have taught and mentored graduate is extremely rewarding for you, as well. This is an important milestone for our graduates and their guests, and your participation is a piece they will always remember.

All faculty and administrators who wish to participate in Commencement must fill out the Faculty and Administrator Participation Form by May 1, 2020.

This registration form is critical for planning, and allows us to:

  • order enough refreshments for your enjoyment in the Tau Room before each ceremony;
  • have enough chairs available on stage; and
  • have regalia available in the Events Center for those who do not own their own

More detailed information and instructions will be sent to you in the weeks prior to Commencement. Faculty are reminded that if plans change and you are no longer able to attend the ceremony, please contact the Commencement Office.


Faculty and administrators who wish to participate in Commencement but do not own their own regalia may request to borrow a regalia package within the Faculty and Administrator Participation Form.

The regalia package includes:

  • headwear (mortar board or tam)
  • robe
  • hood (if applicable)

Regalia may be picked up one hour prior to the ceremony you are participating in the Faculty Robing Area on the Mezzanine Level of the Events Center. Please arrive one hour prior to ensure you are robed and lined up in time for the ceremony procession.

When the ceremony is complete, please return your complete regalia package back to the Faculty Robing Area in the Mezzanine. If, due to extenuating circumstances, you are unable to return your regalia package, please make arrangements with the Commencement Office to drop it off or have it picked up as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office.

How do I know what regalia to select?

Commencement regalia is steeped in tradition; every piece you are wearing represents something about your academic pedigree. Depending on your degree, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree holders wear slightly different costumes.

To select your hood color and to learn more about the academic costume, please refer to the academic costume code.  You can also contact the Commencement Office for assistance..