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45th Annual Statewide Commencement Dates Announced

by Suzanne Lazar ’16; school of graduate studies, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

Approximately 3,000 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as many undergraduate and graduate certificates, will be conferred on the class of 2017.

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

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

Additional information about each student speaker, and a hyperlink to access each event live, will be provided as it becomes available.

The time, day, date and location of each event are listed below:


Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Empire State Plaza

S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY


Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Buffalo State College

1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Brookville, Long Island

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11 a.m.

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

720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY


Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

PepsiCo Theater

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY


Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The OnCenter - Civic Center

421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY

Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies**

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

2920 Broadway, New York, NY

** This commencement is only available to students who are enrolled in the Van Arsdale Jr. Center for

Labor Studies.


International Dates (more locations to come)

Beirut, Lebanon: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prague: Friday, June 23, 2017

Thessaloniki: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Athens: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tirana: Friday, July 7, 2017

Dominican Republic: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Registration for Commencement 2017 has now closed.

2017 Deadlines

May 5: Last day to be eligible to participate in Commencement 2017.

May 17: Final day to register for Commencement 2017.

Live Streaming

May 31, 2017, Rochester

June 2, 2017, Syracuse

June 3, 2017, Buffalo

June 4, 2017, Albany

June 14, 2017, Purchase

June 15, 2017, Manhattan

June 16, 2017, Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies

June 17, 2017, Long Island

About SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College, the nontraditional, open college of the SUNY system yearly, educates nearly 19,000 students worldwide at eight international sites, more than 30 locations across the state of New York, online, as well as face to face and through a blend of both, at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

The average age of an undergraduate student at the college is 35 and graduate students’ average age is 40.

Most Empire State College students are working adults. Many are raising families and meeting civic commitments in the communities where they live, while studying part time.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each undergraduate student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.

Working with their mentors, students design an individual degree program and engage in guided independent study and coursework on site, online or through a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to choose where, when and how to learn.

The college’s 78,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

The college was first established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees with the encouragement of the late Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the SUNY system from 1970 to 1977. Boyer also served as United States commissioner of education during the administration of President Jimmy Carter and then as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

More information about the college is available at www.esc.edu.

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