Newhouse Convocation

A group of four female students smile together at graduation inside the Carrier Dome.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Place: Carrier Dome

Presiding: Dean Lorraine E. Branham

Speaker: Jeff Glor '97, Anchor "CBS Evening News"

Class Marshals: Kelly Moran and Ronald Saldarini

All graduating students, their families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. No tickets are required. Due to security precautions, no bags or purses larger than 10 inches by 10 inches will be allowed inside the Carrier Dome.

Information for graduating students

  • Arrive at the Carrier Dome at noon (no earlier) and enter through gate D. This gate is for students only.
  • Dome ushers will direct you to the aisle(s) you should use to report to the Dome floor and find a seat (there is no assigned seating).
  • You will find a card on your chair; fill it out and take it with you to the stage when your row is dismissed; hand it to the announcer to have your name announced (provide pronunciation tips if needed).
  • Caps and gowns are required for participation in the ceremony.
  • A professional photographer, Genesee Photo Systems, will take a photo of each graduate as he/she shakes hands with the dean; you will receive proofs and may order reprints if desired. The dean will also be available to pose for photos with graduates at the reception following the ceremony.
  • There is no rehearsal for the ceremony.

Information for parents and other guests

  • Arrive at the Carrier Dome at noon (no earlier) and enter through gates A, B, E, F, G, N or P.
  • Seating is available on two levels; seating for mobility impaired guests is available in each section.
  • Parking, transportation and mobility information is available at commencement.syr.edu.
  • Genesee Photo Systems will take a photo of each graduate as he/she shakes hands with the dean; each graduate will receive proofs and may order reprints if desired. The dean will also be available to pose for photos with graduates at the reception following the ceremony.

The Syracuse University Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in the Carrier Dome.

More information about Convocation and Commencement is available at commencement.syr.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Convocation and Commencement?
    • Each school or college holds a Convocation ceremony on Saturday to individually recognize its graduates. The ceremony typically includes speeches as well as the traditional announcing of each student’s name as they cross the stage to shake the Dean’s hand. The Newhouse ceremony is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. No tickets are required.

      Commencement is the all-university ceremony on Sunday in the Dome. The Syracuse University Chancellor and President ceremoniously confers degrees at the ceremony, but students do not cross the stage.

  • What should I wear to Convocation?
    • Graduates are required to wear caps and gowns. Visit the commencement website for Information on how to secure caps/gowns.

      Family members wear a range of attire according to their personal preference and plans for the day. Many chose business casual, while others choose dressier attire. Comfortable shoes that allow for extensive walking, including on grass, are advised due to the amount of walking needed to reach the Dome and travel out to the Quad for the reception following the ceremony.

  • What is the reception on the Quad?
    • The Newhouse School holds a reception immediately following the Convocation ceremony under large tents erected on the main Quad. There are light refreshments (i.e., veggies and dip, fresh fruit, cheese & crackers, cookies, lemonade) and the event typically lasts for no more than one hour. It is an opportunity to take photos with friends, family, and faculty. No tickets are required.

  • How do I arrange for disability services or accommodations?
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