Commencement 2020 is postponed. For more information, read the full announcement from President Stenger.
Your questions answered
When will Commencement be rescheduled?
Binghamton University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to reschedule Commencement at a time that makes sense for our graduating students, our campus and community. A survey was sent to all eligible students who registered to graduate spring 2020 to help us determine a date. However, we will only be able to reschedule Commencement once we get the green light from NYS government and health officials. In the meantime, we want to have a plan in place for when we get that approval. The safety of our communities’ (students, students’ families, faculty and staff) will be the number one consideration.
Will I be refunded for my cap and gown now that Commencement is postponed?
Yes! We will offer refunds for unopened cap and gowns, but you must fill out a digital form. Visit the Cap and Gown tab on the Commencement webpage to see the instructions for cap and gown refunds.
Will I be able to purchase my cap and gown when Commencement is rescheduled?
Yes. We will be sure to open cap and gown sales prior to the rescheduled Commencement, date TBD.
I don't seem to fit the criteria to submit my Application for Degree. Where can I
In order for the Application for Degree to be available to you, the following criteria must be met:
- You must be registered for classes this semester.
- You must have earned at least 104 credit hours.
- You have not already completed the application for degree this semester.
- You have successfully confirmed your enrollment for the current semester.
For students who do not meet these criteria, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an alternative Application for Degree.
I applied for my degree after the deadline. Will my name still be in the program?
Maybe. To guarantee inclusion in the program, you must submit your Application for Degree or Graduate Application for Degree by March 25, 2020.
Undergrads can submit their AFD on BU Brain under the Student tab; Graduate students can submit their GAFD through the Graduate School website. We set our production schedule based on printer deadlines, so while we will make every effort to ensure your name is in the program, it is best to submit your AFD by the deadline.
My parents have hotel reservations. Will they be refunded now that Commencement has
Please follow up with the hotel that you made reservations with as soon as possible to learn more about its cancellation policies.
Do I need to cancel any of the documents I submitted for graduation? (i.e., AFD, Intent
to Participate, Petition to Walk)
No action is needed on your part at this time. Do NOT cancel your Application for Degree (AFD) unless you do not think you will complete the course requirements for your degree this semester. If you have questions about fulfilling your course requirements, contact your academic advising office.
Will I still receive my degree even though Commencement is not occurring this semester?
As long as you filed your Application for Degree and have met your course requirements, you will still receive your diploma. If you have questions regarding the fulfillment of your course credits, contact your academic advising office.
Will I need to fill out another Intent to Participate form when Commencement is rescheduled?
Yes. You will need to “RSVP” to the new Commencement ceremony if you plan to attend. We will send out instructions when Commencement is rescheduled on how to sign up for the ceremony. Check binghamton.edu/commencement for all updates.
Will I still be able to claim tickets for Commencement?
We will announce the date that tickets will be released as well as the quantity allotted per student after we reschedule the ceremonies. Please refer to the Tickets tab on the Commencement webpage for more information on tickets.
When will I receive my diploma?
You will receive your diploma in the mail, to the address Binghamton University has on file, six to eight weeks after the end of the spring semester.
I still have other questions...
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