Your questions answered
When is Commencement?
2018 Spring Commencement will be held May 18–May 20. The ceremony schedule can be found online.
How do I register to participate?
Students who wish to participate in Commencement must submit the Intent to Participate Form on your myBinghamton Portal. This guarantees you a seat at Commencement, as well as makes you eligible to claim tickets and order a cap and gown.
I am fulfilling my degree requirements this summer/fall/winter. Can I walk in the
If you are a summer '18, fall '18, or winter '19 graduate, you may decide to walk in either the current or upcoming academic year ceremony. You will need to fill out a Petition to Walk Form which will be submitted to your academic advisor. You will then be notified of their decision shortly after.
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 this criterion, e-mail 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. In order to guarantee inclusion in the program, you must submit your Application for Degree or Graduate Application for Degree by the March 23, 2018 deadline.
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.
Do my guests need tickets for Commencement?
Yes – but there is no cost for tickets. Ticket allotment will be determined by March/April and is dependent on the size of each ceremony.
We cannot promise numbers, but typically each student can claim six tickets. Tickets can be claimed through the Events Center website beginning April 23, 2018. Extra tickets can be claimed May 7 - May 18, 2018 on a first-come, first served basis, by emailing email@example.com.
How long will each ceremony last?
Each ceremony should last approximately two hours.
I am in Harpur College. How do I know which ceremony to attend?
Harpur College ceremonies are now divided by departments, alphabetically. To determine which ceremony you will be walking in, visit the Harpur ceremonies page.
I have a double major. What ceremony or ceremonies do I participate in?
You are able to choose which ceremony you wish to attend. You are encouraged to attend the ceremony that is most convenient for you and your guests to attend.
Where do I go the day of Commencement?
Arrive at the Events Center approximately 35 - 40 minutes prior to your ceremony and enter through the east entrance (follow the signs and/or see this map for details). Check in with staff at your table and receive your name card. Find your school/department flag and line up behind it.
If you want to sit next to a friend, make sure the friend is directly behind or in front of you in line. However, you may not end up sitting next to them if the rows are split up. If you are a doctoral student, stand behind your advisor.
Will there be accommodations for guests who are hearing impaired?
We offer captioning on the screens on either side of the stage, as well as an ASL interpreter on the left side of the stage (when facing the stage).
How do I order my cap and gown?
You can order your cap and gown online through Herff Jones. Order by March 24, 2018 and save! Prices increase after this date to account for extra shipping charges.
Will there be any professional photographers?
Yes. Commencement Photos, Inc. will be on site taking photographs as you cross the stage, as well as candid photos during and after the ceremony. For more information, visit our photography information page.
Will the ceremony be broadcast live?
Yes. The broadcast will begin 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. You can view the broadcast online.
What time should my guests arrive?
Your guests should arrive no earlier than one hour prior to the ceremony start. The earlier they arrive, the less parking there will be.
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 Commencement.
What do I wear?
Your cap and gown, of course! Keep in mind that Commencement is a capstone event, and while there is no formal dress code, we encourage all graduates to dress for a special occasion. The ceremony is held at the Events Center, which is air-conditioned.
I still have other questions...
Give us a call at 607-777-2140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions!