Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2022!

Congratulations to all of our graduates! The moment you have been working toward is finally here!

Commencement is a very special and important event in a student's life. It is also an occasion for families to share in their graduate's accomplishments. This year's ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 10 AM, in the Galanis Family Arena, McLane Center.

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2022 Commencement Celebration

Alfred University's 2022 Commencement Celebration is Saturday, May 14th at 10:00am. This year, we're delighted to announce that world-renowned biomedical engineering researcher Dr. Robert Langer, co-founder of more than 40 biotechnology companies including COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna, will be giving our commencement address.

We will be live streaming the ceremony in several spaces on campus, and overflow seating will be available for un-ticketed guests.

Guests are expected to follow all of Alfred University’s COVID-19 guidelines. Protocols may be adjusted in response to local and state guideline changes, so please check this website regularly for updates.


Live Stream

For those not attending in-person, Commencement will also be live streamed here and on the Alfred University YouTube Channel.

 

 

Running into any streaming issues? Try viewing the stream directly on YouTube:

Commencement Live Stream

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Live Stream


Undergraduate students who have achieved academic excellence at the University wear a gold cord at graduation, indicating graduation cum laude, with praise, magna cum laude, with great praise, or summa cum laude, with highest praise. Degrees conferred with distinction reflect an outstanding overall grade point average with a minimum of sixty semester credit hours earned at Alfred University; a minimum of fifty computed in the grade point average.

Graduation with Distinction Students for May 2022

Tickets will be required for admittance. All eligible graduating students will be issued four (4) tickets for attendance to the Commencement Ceremony. This policy is to help establish a safe and secure venue in compliance with NYS fire and safety codes. We will be streaming commencement live via our webpage for those who are unable to attend in person. As well, we will be showing it via live stream for un-ticketed guests who are on campus. Please direct ticket questions to the University Bookstore.

Commencement Ticket Pick-up

  • Begins Wednesday 27th, 2022 at the AU Bookstore.
  • Graduates will be given four (4) tickets each. Safeguard tickets; lost tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Tickets will be given only to graduates on the official graduation list. You must have applied to graduate and stated you would be attending the May 14th ceremony.
  • If you are not on campus, please email aubooks@alfred.edu to reserve tickets for pick-up graduation morning.

To make sure your student is set to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, please check with them to make sure they’ve completed the required “Application for Graduation” form. They can find this form online or at the Registrar’s Office in Seidlin Hall.

Housing

The University offers housing for family members of all degree candidates over Commencement Weekend. The cost is $45.00 per person, per night. Housing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. All lodging is offered in student housing and is very utilitarian in nature, offering none of the luxuries of hotel living. Towels and bed linens are provided and included in the cost. Should you or a family member need special housing accommodations, please make sure you indicate your needs when you make your reservations. Deadline: April 29, 2022

Breakfast

On Commencement morning, a breakfast buffet will be available for $14.00 per person. The breakfast will be held on the 3rdfloor of Powell Campus Center from 7:15 to 9:00 AM. Reservations must be made in advance using the reservation form. Tickets will not be available at the door. Deadline: April 29, 2022

Keys & Tickets

If you are staying on campus and/or pre-ordering breakfast tickets, keys and tickets must be picked up in the Office of Residence Life, Bartlett Hall, during the following times: Friday, May 13, between noon and 6:00 PM; or Saturday, May 14th, between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. If you are unable to arrive during this time on Friday, please arrange for your student to pick these items up for you. For those staying Friday night, the checkout time is 5:00 PM on Saturday. For those who made reservations (and paid) to stay Saturday night, check-out time is 9:00 AM on Sunday. This time must be strictly adhered to.

Parking lots are available throughout campus. Shuttle buses will be available to and from parking lots and McLane Center starting at 8:30 AM on Commencement morning. Individuals with special parking permits will be able to drop off people at the back door of McLane. The shuttle will also be available during and after Commencement.

The University also offers seating for parents/family members who need special physical accommodations. Please reserve a seat in our special seating by completing the “Accessible Needs” section of the reservation form. Keep in mind that due to space limitations, only one person will be able to assist and sit with the family member in the special seating area (please note: these are included in the four tickets per student allotment). Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that accessible seating will be available to accommodate “walk-ins” without prior reservations. Deadline: April 29th, 2022.

There will be a professional photographer on-site to take pictures of your graduate crossing the stage and with their diploma. Sometime late May we will send out a link where photos can be viewed and downloaded at no cost to the student.

The complete unit (cap, gown, hood and tassel) can be purchased from the AU Bookstore. All measurements are taken at the Bookstore. Purchase of the complete unit is required.

The price for a Bachelor's complete unit is $70.49 including tax. The price for a Master's complete unit is $75.05 including tax. Payment is required at the time of ordering. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

Orders are available for pick-up the week of graduation. Diploma frames are also now available at the Bookstore.

Questions regarding regalia, announcements or reserving flowers should be directed to the University Bookstore.