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April 8, 2019

47th Annual Commencement Dates Announced

Commencement Medallions
Medallions are presented to each graduate of SUNY Empire State College at commencement events throughout New York state.

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York. – April 8, 2019) SUNY Empire State College’s 47th annual commencement ceremonies begin in Albany, Sunday, June 2, and conclude Saturday, June 15, on Long Island.

As the SUNY system’s only statewide college, commencement events take place throughout the state.

Again this year, all eight commencement events will be streamed live via the Internet.

SUNY Empire awards undergraduate and graduate certificates and diplomas, completed online, face-to-face and through a blend of both modes of learning, to a population of nontraditional students, primarily working adults.

In keeping with the college’s long-standing tradition, graduate and undergraduate students will provide commencement remarks at each of the college’s events across the state.

Upon conclusion of the selection process, student speakers for each event will be announced at a later date.

Visit the Commencement website for information about commencement events. In addition, information about each of the statewide events is below.

Commencement ceremonies for the college’s international students begin on June 21, in Prague, the Czech Republic, and conclude in Tirana, Albania, July 5.

Internationals students’ ceremonies take place at the college’s partner locations abroad.

Information about the college’s international events follows the statewide event list.

SUNY Empire State College Statewide Commencement Events


1 p.m., Sunday, June 2

Empire State Plaza

South Mall Arterial, Albany

More information about the Albany event.

Purchase (Hudson Valley)

6:30 p.m., Monday, June 3

Recital Hall, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase

More information about the Purchase event.


7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 East Main Street, Rochester

More information about the Rochester event.


6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12

Performing Arts Center, Buffalo State College

1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

More information about the Buffalo event.


6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13

The Oncenter - Crouse Hinds Theater

421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

More information about the Syracuse event.


Noon, Friday, June 14

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City

More information about the Manhattan event.

The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

6:30 p.m., Friday, June 14

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City

More information about the Labor event.

Brookville, Long Island

1 p.m., Saturday, June 15

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University Post Campus

720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville

More information about the Long Island event.

SUNY Empire State College International Ceremonies

University of New York in Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Friday, June 21

New York College Athens

Athens, Greece

Wednesday, July 3

University of New York Tirana

Tirana, Albania


Friday, July 5

American University of Technology and American University of Science and Technology

Beirut, Lebanon

Thursday, July 11

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College educates more than 17,000 students in person, online and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York and at eight international sites worldwide. Together with one of SUNY Empire’s more than 1,300 faculty mentors, each student designs his or her own individualized pathway to a college degree that accommodates his or her schedule and awards credit for prior college-level learning. SUNY Empire awards more than 3,000 degrees annually and 94 percent of graduates stay in New York state. Today, more than 84,000 SUNY Empire alumni are entrepreneurs, veterans and active members of the military, professional athletes, teachers, medical professionals and leaders in their field, as well as in their communities. To learn more, visit www.esc.edu and follow the college on social media @SUNYEmpire.

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