Purchase Commencement 2019

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Location and Directions

The SUNY Empire State College Commencement Ceremony in Purchase, NY will take place at SUNY Purchase College Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

Directions and parking information can be found on Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center site.

Traffic will be heavy on the day of the commencement ceremony, as it is during rush hour.

From the parking lot, walk towards the front of The Performing Arts Center to the area beneath the 'bridge' overpass. The Recital Hall is on the second floor of The Performing Arts Center.


Students are required to wear a cap and gown (regalia) to participate in commencement. Information on how to purchase regalia can be found on the commencement website. Visit the Commencement Closet site for more information on regalia which can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keep in mind that at commencement, there will be no place to store valuables such as bags and purses. Students should either plan to leave valuables with their guests or place them in something small enough to fit under their regalia.

Commencement Day Timing

The SUNY Empire State College Commencement Ceremony in Purchase, NY will take place on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will start promptly at 6:30 p.m., so students should plan to arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. to check in and line up.

Arriving students must check in at the registration table and receive a name card. Students will be directed to the line-up area for the processional. Directions for the processional will be given to students when lining up.

The ceremony will last about 1 ½ hours.

Accessibility and Accommodations

There are designated handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot for individuals who may need them.

SUNY Empire State College reasonably accommodates students with disabling conditions. Students or guests who may need accommodations should contact Commencement@esc.edu as soon as possible so that arrangements may be made.


Tickets are required for each guest attending the commencement ceremony and guests will be limited to four per student. Students will pick up tickets for their guests at the registration table the day of the ceremony.


Since our students complete their studies at different times throughout the year, diplomas will not be distributed at the commencement ceremony. Instead, each student will receive a SUNY Empire State College medallion when they cross the stage.

The Office of the Registrar will send a diploma to the address on file for each student once they have fully graduated from the college. Please direct any questions regarding diplomas to the Office of the Registrar at 800-847-3000.


During the ceremony, a photograph will be taken of each student after they cross the stage. A free photograph will be available to each student following the ceremony by visiting On the Spot Photos. Visit On the Spot Photos to learn how to achieve the perfect pose for your photo!

Please be aware that impromptu photographs may be taken throughout the ceremony.


Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the area outside of the Recital Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Students and guests are invited to attend.