Commencement 2020

Information for SUNY Corning Community College students graduating in May 2020.

When is Commencement? 
Commencement will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Graduates should arrive no later than 10:00 a.m.

When is rehearsal and is it required?
Rehearsal is required and will be on Friday, May 15, at 3:00 pm.

Do I have to complete a Graduation Application?
Yes, all students, whether you plan on participating in Commencement or not, need to submit an an online Graduation Application by April 1st. December graduates need to complete the graduation application by December 1st.

When is Commencement Registration?
Commencement Registration will be on April 14 & 15 at the Barnes & Noble College Store in the Commons. All students planning on walking in Commencement (May 16) should plan to stop at the College Store one of those days to register. Here is what you will do during registration:

  • Pick up your cap and gown. There is no charge for your cap and gown.
  • Complete a “march card.” On this card you will indicate how you want your name read at the ceremony.
  • Indicate if you or a guest requests special needs seating
  • Order a class ring and/or diploma frame

What if I can’t make it to Commencement Registration to pick up my cap and gown?
You can order your cap and gown from the College Store. You'll download an order form and email that to the address on the form. Your cap, gown, and shipping is free. Register before April 17 to assure your name will be in the program. You can still register to walk until May 8, but your name may not appear in the program.

Where do I sit at Commencement?
Students will be lined up and sit in alphabetical order by degree.

Where will I park?
Parking will be on campus. Attendees can enter campus off Marlin Road or main college entrance. Public Safety staff will direct parking. Graduates need to be ready at 10 a.m. Guests should plan to be seated by 10:30am.

Special needs parking will be in Lot C (Lot G if Commencement is moved indoors). There will be a drop off area in front of the Classroom Building and vehicles will proceed to Lot C.

Will there be pictures taken at Commencement?
We have an event photographer who will be taking pictures of the graduates on stage with Dr. Mullaney. Graduates will receive an email approximately 4 weeks after Commencement from Genesee Photo. The email will contain information on how to view proofs and order pictures.

We will also post candid photos on SUNY Corning Community College's Facebook and Flickr accounts.

What if I’m not planning on walking in Commencement?
Thank you for letting us know. You will still need to complete a graduation application by April 1.

For the Commencement ceremony you won’t need to do anything. If your plans change, you have until April 17 to register in the College Store to have your name printed in the program. 

Can I decorate my cap?
Yes, we encourage appropriate cap decoration. However, please remember that your cap will be visible to others at Commencement including faculty, staff, parents, family, and children.

Will you be live-streaming Commencement?
Yes, we will be live-streaming Commencement. The link will be available around May 1. Please share with your friends and families to join in your celebration.

I am a Presidential Scholar; how will I receive my medal to wear at Commencement?
Presidential Scholars will receive an email from in April with instructions on where and when to pick up your medal.

Will the College Store be open on the day of Commencement?
Yes, the College store will be open.  Check back in spring for specific times.

When will I receive my diploma?
All graduates, whether you walk in commencement or not, will receive their diploma approximately 4 weeks after grades are confirmed. If you have a hold on your student account, you will not receive your diploma until that hold is resolved.

Diplomas are mailed to either the address you submitted with your graduation application or the address on record with SUNY Corning Community College. You can change your address by accessing your MyBanner.

What name will be on my diploma?
Your diploma will have your name of record with SUNY Corning Community College. If you would like to have a different name on your diploma, you can request to change your name of record by visiting the Enrollment Advising Center in the Commons.

How do I know if I graduate with honors?
The commencement brochure will indicate those students who are tentatively graduating with honors. Your transcript and your diploma will indicate if you graduate with what type of honors.

Where do I get tickets for Commencement?
The Commencement Ceremony will take place outdoors therefore tickets are unnecessary. See below for rain plan information.

What is the Rain Plan?
In the case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will take place in the Gymnasium and Graduates will be limited to 3 tickets for guests. Rain plan tickets will be distributed at Commencement Registration. There will be live streaming of the event in the Commons for additional guests. Please watch for a MyCCC announcement and/or an email if a change in location to the Gymnasium is necessary.

I live in Perry, can I stay in my room until Commencement?
Perry Hall closes on Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Graduating students can stay in their room until Perry Hall closes.

Questions not answered here can be directed to Student Life at (607) 962-9002 or