New Application for Graduation

A new application for graduation can be found by going to your MyESC portal, click on the SSB icon, click the Student Tab, and then click on Graduation Application. Step-by-step instructions can be found here: Steps to Complete the Graduation Application (PDF 272kB)

Graduation Procedure Information

The student’s local regional/program academic review office conducts a graduation review when the student has satisfied all requirements for the degree:

  • The student has a concurred degree program (the degree program and portfolio have been approved by the center assessment committee and by the Office of the Registrar).
  • All Empire State College studies for the degree have been completed.

If all is in order, the assessment office forwards a recommendation for graduation that triggers the following centralized reviews:

  • ACADEMIC CLEARANCE: The Office of the Registrar reviews the student academic records, ascertaining that studies described in the evaluations are the same as those in the degree program and that all degree requirements are met.
  • FINANCIAL CLEARANCE: Student Accounts reviews the student’s financial status, ascertaining there is no balance due.

Graduation processing time varies and can take anywhere from six to eight weeks in peak processing times. When both the academic and financial clearances have been completed, the Office of the Registrar assigns an official graduation date, the first day of the following month. The remainder of the processing, which includes ordering and processing your diploma, takes approximately three weeks.

The college holds commencement ceremonies around the state which recognize recent and upcoming Empire State College graduates. See the Commencement website for more information.

Contact Us

Phone: 800-847-3000 or 518-587-2100

Fax: 518-580-0105

Mailing Address

SUNY Empire State College
Office of the Registrar
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

More Information

For current students: Registrar in MyESC (login required)

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