Utica College holds its annual Commencement ceremony every May after the conclusion of final exams.
Click here for the UC commencement Web Site
Who is eligible to participate in Commencement?
- All graduate-level alumni who graduated the previous August who did NOT participate last May.
- All alumni (graduate and undergraduate) who graduated the previous December.
- All undergraduate students who have applied to graduate in the current term (in May) by the March 15 deadline.
- All graduate-level students who have applied to graduate in the current term (May) by the March 15 deadline who are expected to graduate - if the student fails to complete a requirement, s/he may be informed that s/he cannot participate in Commencement.
- Undergraduate students have applied for an August graduation date no later than March 15.
- Undergraduate students who have applied for a December graduation date no later than March 15 AND who have contacted Lynn Decker, Assistant Registrar, to verify that they wish to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.
- NOTE: For graduate students who have not completed the requirements for graduation by the legal date of the awarding of the diplomas in May, but will complete all program requirements prior to the start of the subsequent Fall semester (i.e., August graduates), may participate in the Commencement Ceremony. These students must contact Michelle Farr in the Office of Graduate Studies to arrange (or call 315-792-3335).
For information on applying for graduation and a link to apply for graduation online, click HERE.
Caps and Gowns/Stoles
For details about ordering regalia (caps, gowns, and stoles) and for information regarding senior week, click HERE. You will need to choose whether you are completing an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) or a graduate degree (Master's Level and Doctoral level). Once on the commencement web page, there is a link to the left for ordering regalia.
Important notes about Commencement and Graduation:
Commencement and Graduation are two separate concepts. Graduation is an academic process, and commencement is the annual ceremony held each May.
Participation in commencement is tentative and is based upon the anticipated successful completion of all work required for the degree being pursued. Participation in the ceremony should not be considered as an official record of a degree awarded.
Notation of undergraduate academic honors for the purpose in the commencement program is based upon the student’s cumulative grade point average prior to the Spring semester. Final award of academic honors is subject to change upon the final calculation of each student's grades.
It takes approximately one to two months to complete the certification process for May graduation. You should check your transcript on your Banner Web account to see if your degree has posted. Once conferred, the degree will be listed as "Awarded" on your transcript.