DO I NEED A TICKET FOR COMMENCEMENT?
Yes. Admission to Commencement is by ticket only. Tickets are reserved for each graduate (additional tickets may be available) and are to be picked up by students at designated times, well before Commencement, on the Olean and Buffalo Center campuses. Each graduate is advised of this ticket procurement process and is responsible for securing his/her tickets. See Guide for the Graduating Student.
IS MY TICKET FOR A RESERVED SEAT IN THE REILLY CENTER?
No. Families sit in "the reds," chair-back, stadium-style seating on either side of the arena. A small section of seating is reserved for families of dignitaries and honorees but otherwise seating is a on a first-come, first-served basis.
AT WHAT TIME SHOULD I BE SEATED?
The procession of dignitaries, faculty and students into the Reilly Center Arena begins at 10:08 a.m. Guests are asked to be seated before the procession begins.
IS THERE HANDICAPPED SEATING?
Yes, in an area on the floor of the arena. To request seating in that area, CLICK HERE.
WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO BRING INTO THE ARENA?
To ensure a safe and family friendly environment, Campus Security has a list of prohibited and permissible items. LEARN MORE.
WHO ORDERS MY GRADUATE'S CAP & GOWN?
These are preordered for graduates and are available for payment and pick-up at the University Bookstore starting May 1. See details under "Academic Garb" on the Guide for the Graduating Student site.
CAN I ATTEND THE CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY & BACCALAUREATE?
Yes. Parents and family members are most welcome at Friday evening's Candlelight Induction Ceremony, when graduates are welcomed into the SBU alumni family, and Saturday's Baccalaureate Mass, which is open to students and families of all faiths. No ticket is required for these events.
CAN YOU HELP WITH DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS AND A PLACE TO STAY?
Our Maps & Directions site includes directions to campus and information on accommodations.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Campus lots fill up fast, particularly on Commencement Sunday. Overflow vehicles park on the shoulder of campus roads. Later-arriving guests may have a 5-10 minute walk across campus.
IS THERE HANDICAPPED PARKING?
Yes, next to the Reilly Center Arena. You must request permission to park there. LEARN MORE.
ARE THERE PLACES TO EAT ON CAMPUS?
Yes, the Reilly Center Café (inside the Reilly Center), Café La Verna (adjacent to Hickey Dining Hall, a short walk from the RC) and the Clubhouse Restaurant (at the SBU Golf Course) will maintain the following operating hours:
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS IN THE RC, AND HOW CLOSE CAN I GET?
Yes, you may take photos during the ceremony, but you will not have access to the arena floor, where the graduates are seated and where the stage is situated. A long lens is advisable. (There is a small area just off the stage that may be accessible for shots of graduates as they leave stage.)
CAN I GET A PHOTO OF MY GRADUATE RECEIVING HIS/HER DIPLOMA?
Yes, the university contracts with GradImages, the world's largest commencement photography business, to take photos of each graduate. Several images are taken of each graduate and proofs are posted online. Grads and family members can then order the prints they desire. To create a login and get additional information, visit the GradImages website.
DO YOU HELP WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS & THANK-YOUS?
Yes. We work with Jostens, the well-known American company specializing in school-related products. Jostens offers competitive rates on personalized graduation announcements, thank-you notes, note cards, diploma seals and other products. We will provide additional information and links in this space as Commencement nears.
CAN I BUY FLOWERS FOR MY GRADUATE?
Yes. Commencement Flowers provides freshly cut flowers in the Reilly Center on Commencement Sunday. To ensure you get flowers for your grad, you may order flowers in advance and they will be waiting for you at the RC. We will provide additional information and links in this space as Commencement nears.
GradImages, the world's largest commencement photography business, will photograph every student as he or she is individually recognized. Proofs will be available after the ceremony and prints may be ordered online. To create a login and get more information, visit the Grad Images website.
Commencement Flowers is a company that sells freshly cut flowers in the Reilly Center on Commencement Sunday. You may order online in advance and pick up the flowers in the RC on Commencement Sunday. Learn more about Commencement Flowers.
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