Following New York State Department of Health guidelines for graduation events and county Health Department guidance, we are planning to hold a series of five smaller, in-person commencement ceremonies in the Field House gymnasium. These will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon, and 2 p.m.
You may choose which event or events you would like to attend. We had planned to assign particular times based on school or major as is tradition, but this open choice path gives graduates the option and allows us to better manage the programs.
We are able to have a limited number of teaching faculty and professional staff attend in socially distanced seats. We are planning the traditional walk into the gym only for graduates. Faculty and staff will take their seats prior to the event.
Here are the key steps to follow in order to obtain a seat for an event:
Now: Think About an Event Time. We encourage you to talk with grads and colleagues ahead of time so you have the best opportunity to attend with those you would like to. When a program is full, it is full, so there are no guarantees on time.
Tuesday, April 27 at Noon: Get a Ticket. Links to get a ticket or tickets will be sent via email Tuesday. The college ticketing system will be used for faculty and staff to sign up for particular times. You can go to tickets.plattsburgh.edu ahead of time to set up your account, if you haven't already, using your Plattsburgh email address. Tickets will not be available after Friday, May 7.
Take Note: Vaccine and Testing Requirements Apply. In order to attend, you must have completed your COVID-19 vaccine series at least 14 days prior to the event or provide proof of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Pool testing is not sufficient. It must be a PCR or similar test such as NAAT. This is a state requirement.
Ahead: Get a Bracelet. Attendees will be asked to pre-check-in the week before the event. We will share specific details as we get closer. We plan to have tables in the ACC for those who have completed vaccines and have a ticket. Attendees will be given a bracelet corresponding to their event time. You will be required to arrive a half-hour early for the commencement-day event to allow for screening.
More details on Commencement events will be shared as available, both via email to you and on the college website at plattsburgh.edu/commencement. Regalia is available for order online through today and also at the Campus Bookstore. For health and safety reasons, master's degree graduates will wear their hoods into the program rather than have them presented on stage.
An online Zoom event for graduates who are not able to participate in-person will be held at 6 p.m.
As in past years, we are in need of volunteers for duties ranging from ushers to check-in staff. All volunteers, like formal attendees, must have completed their vaccine sequence or have a negative diagnostic COVID test within 72 hours of the events.
Please email email@example.com with your availability to support our graduates.
Because of health department guidelines family and friends will not be able to attend the in-person ceremonies. We understand this is disappointing. We will be sharing each graduating group’s celebration via livestream. Recordings will also be online after the program. Please understand guests or spectators will not be allowed to enter the Field House or other campus facilities due to ongoing COVID restrictions.
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