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Graduation Information

View of the stage at Commencement 2022, looking over the head of the crowd.Congratulations Class of 2023!

When and Where

SUNY Schenectady County Community College's 53rd Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 10 a.m. in the SUNY Schenectady School of Music parking lot.  

Ordering a Cap and Gown

If you are planning to participate in the graduation ceremony, you will need to order your cap and gown through the College Store by March 24, 2023. The cost is $50.

Orders can still be placed after March 24, but a $15 late fee will apply, bringing the total to $65.

No orders accepted after May 12.

Orders for Cap and Gown can be placed in person at the College Store anytime during regular business hours or ordered online 24/7. Payment must be made at the time of purchase.

Graduation Rehearsal

There will be a graduation rehearsal for participating students on Wednesday, May 17, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the School of Music Lobby so that you will understand the procession and seating arrangements and can ask additional questions about degree cards, dual degree recipients, accommodations, guest seating, etc.  

ADA Accommodations

If you need ADA accommodations, please reach out to Susanna Adams, Coordinator of ADA Transitional Services, at

Length of Ceremony

We anticipate this may take up to two hours. We ask that you be patient during this process, as we want to ensure all students have the chance to walk across the stage. Bottled water will be provided to each student and it will be placed in the student seating for you. We suggest that your family and friends bring water and snacks for the event as the wait may be long. 


In the case of inclement weather, we will continue with the Commencement. In the case of lightning, we will temporarily stop the ceremony until the lightning has passed and guests will be provided instruction for shelter until the ceremony can resume.