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

At SUNY Empire State College, graduation consists of two distinct parts: commencement and degree award. Information on all things related to commencement can be found on the Commencement website. Information regarding the degree award process is provided below.

Degree Award Procedure

Applying for Graduation/Degree Award

Students should apply for graduation once they have registered for their final courses. Students in the School for Undergraduate Studies must have a concurred degree program before submitting their application for graduation.

The application for graduation can be found by going to the MyESC portal, clicking the Self-Service Banner icon, selecting the Student tab, and clicking on the Graduation Application icon. Step-by-step instructions are provided here: Steps to Complete the Graduation Application (PDF 272kB)

Degree Award Process

The degree award process begins once the student has satisfied all requirements for the degree:

  • The degree program is concurred (the degree program and portfolio have been approved by the assessment committee and by the Office of the Registrar).
  • All studies for the degree are completed.

If all is in order, the student will be recommended for their degree by their school (School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, or Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies). Students should contact their primary mentor with questions or concerns regarding the recommendation process.

Once the student is recommended for their degree, the Office of the Registrar reviews the student’s academic records to determine that all courses on the approved degree program are completed and that all other degree requirements are met. The Office of the Registrar assigns an official graduation date once the academic clearance is finished. The processing time varies for this step and can range from six to eight weeks in peak times.


Students can expect to receive their diploma by mail approximately three weeks from the day the college awarded the degree.

An Empire State College diploma is a 10 x 13 inch paper document, and it will provide the following information: student’s name, degree, and award date. The degree award date will be the first day of the month following the completion of all academic requirements. The area of study and concentration or major will not show on the diploma; however, they are located on the student’s official transcript. Official transcripts can be ordered online.


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)