Commencement Celebrations and Presidential Receptions

You spoke. We listened.

Our graduating students have expressed a desire for more celebrations surrounding commencement—gatherings that give graduation-eligible students opportunities to network and enjoy one another’s company.

Our new Commencement Celebrations and Presidential Receptions will give you opportunities to do just that.

Commencement Celebrations

Commencement Celebrations are small, casual luncheons and dinners held throughout the state for commencement-eligible students. They’ll give you—and your guests—an opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with faculty, staff, and alumni from your area.

Presidential Receptions 

We also will host four Presidential Receptions, to be held at one of our locations or at a SUNY Empire partner location. These larger-scale events present an occasion to connect with fellow graduating students, faculty, staff, and administration. Presidential Reception locations will change from year to year.

If you’re a graduation-eligible student, you’re welcome to join us at any of the statewide celebrations and receptions listed below, regardless of where you live or work.  Keep an eye on your email for more information.

Questions about an event or location? Email us at

2020 Commencement Celebration and Presidential Reception Schedule

April 2020

Watertown Commencement Celebration
JCC Campus - Date and time TBD

May 2020 

Binghamton Presidential Reception
Friday, May 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Binghamton State Office Building

June 2020

Batavia Commencement Celebration
Date, time, and location TBD

Buffalo Presidential Reception
Friday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Northland Training Center, Buffalo

Presidential Reception at Syracuse
Friday, June 12 – time TBD
SUNY Empire Campus at East Syracuse

Hartsdale Presidential Reception
Thursday, June 18 – time TBD
SUNY Empire Hartsdale Campus

Ithaca Commencement Celebration
Saturday, June 20 – time TBD
Coltivare Restaurant