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

Newhouse Convocation

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Place: Carrier Dome

Presiding: Interim Dean Amy Falkner

Speaker: Doug Robinson ’85, founder of DRP Doug Robinson Productions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Convocation and Commencement?
    • Convocation is the Newhouse School’s celebratory ceremony to individually recognize degree candidates. It is a joyful and significant event at which respectful attention to the speakers and ceremonious decorum is greatly appreciated. So as not to diminish from each graduate’s special moment, no items that may prove to be an annoyance are allowed inside the Dome (i.e., balloons, beach balls, etc.). Many Newhouse faculty and staff will be present to celebrate the occasion with graduates.

      Commencement is the all-university ceremony in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, May 12, 2019, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending approximately at noon. 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.

  • How do I arrange for disability services or accommodations?
  • Is there a rehearsal?
    • No rehearsal is held for the Newhouse School Convocation. Students should arrive at the Carrier Dome at Noon on Saturday, May 11, 2019 wearing their caps and gowns.

  • When should I arrive at the Dome?
    • Due to security precautions, no bags or purses larger than 10”x10” will be allowed inside the Carrier Dome.

      Please plan to arrive at the Carrier Dome at noon.

      Please don’t arrive earlier than this as the Arts & Sciences Convocation is held immediately preceding ours in the Dome.

      • Students should enter through Gate D. This gate is for students only.
      • Guests should use Gates A, B, E, F, G, N or P.
  • Where can I or my guests park?
    • Free parking is available in all main campus lots. Parking, transportation and mobility information is available on the commencement website.

  • Where is the seating for graduating students?
    • There is no reserved seating, but there are separate sections for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral graduates on the floor. (Dome ushers will direct you to appropriate section after you enter at Gate D).

      Master’s and Doctoral students should look for reserved rows and pick a seat in that section.

      After graduates find a seat, you should fill out the name card that will be on the chair (providing pronunciation tips as needed). Hold on to that card and hand it to the reader at the podium when you are directed to the stage.

  • Where can guests sit?
    • Seating is available on two levels.

      Seating for mobility-impaired guests is available and no reservations are needed for the Newhouse School’s event on Saturday.

      Please refer to the Commencement website regarding parking, transportation, and disability services for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Where do I get my cap and gown?
    • Caps and gowns are required for all graduates. You can find information about ordering your cap and gown at the Commencement website.

  • Will there be photographs?
    • A professional photographer from 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.

  • Will there be a live stream of the event?
    • Yes. Family and friends who will not be able to attend the Convocation ceremony on campus may watch the event online. Live streaming will begin the moment the event starts and is available through a link on the Commencement website.

  • Am I eligible to participate in the ceremony?
    • All Newhouse undergraduate and graduate students (both singly and dually enrolled) completing their coursework by August 2019 may participate.

      Doctoral degree candidates must have earned their degrees by May 2019 to participate.

      All students must file a diploma request form on MySlice. Filing on MySlice activates the certification process and awarding of a degree.

  • I'm dually enrolled with another college. Can I attend the Newhouse Convocation?
    • Newhouse dually enrolled students are welcome and encouraged to attend the Newhouse School Convocation. They may choose which college to march in with at the university’s Commencement ceremony on Sunday.

  • Will there be a reception?
    • There will be a reception under tents on the main Quad immediately following the ceremony (approximately 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.) for graduates and their guests. Light refreshments will be served. Since our ceremony is scheduled during the typical lunch hour, the Carrier Dome’s concession windows will be open during Convocation.