Commencement ceremony


Rescheduled Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony cancelled

The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced the rescheduled 2020 Commencement ceremony on Aug. 8 has been called off. 

"Unfortunately, because of restrictions proposed on large gatherings, we will not be able to proceed with the August date for Commencement 2020," Interim President Dennis Hefner said in an email to campus. "The Senior Class officers were contacted, and asked their opinion of moving Commencement to May 2021."

Members of the Class of 2020 will receive an email asking if they would rather have a virtual Commencement ceremony, or hold an in-person event next May, the same weekend the Class of 2021 is scheduled to hold their ceremony.

The move to August was announced in the spring after large events were cancelled or postponed due to the spread of COVID-19. Two identical Commencement ceremonies were originally planned for May 16 to honor the approximately 1,000 degree candidates eligible to participate.

After the initial rescheduling to August was announced, Fredonia's Department of Marketing and Commmunications produced a Class of 2020 celebration video, which was released on the day of the originally scheduled ceremonies.


Class of 2020 celebration video

Watch the Class of 2020 Celebration Video

Commencement 2020 Celebration
The Marketing and Communications team has produced a video released on the original scheduled date for Commencement, May 16, 2020, to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. The video incorporates some of the aspects of a traditional Commencement ceremony in a digital format.

We will make one round of revisions to this video, so if you would still like to submit a photo or need your name re-recorded, please click these links before June 5. 


2020 Dual Ceremonies:

Note: Information below was compiled before the May ceremonies were postponed. The information will be updated for a future ceremony as new plans develop.

Bachelor's and master's degree and advanced certificate graduates are combined during these ceremonies. View information on when students will graduate.

Island Photography has informed us that all proofs for 2019 have been uploaded; there were a few email addresses that came back undeliverable. If you did not receive your proofs, contact Island Photography customer service at (800) 869-0908.



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The 2020 Commencement Committee is looking for volunteers for either or both ceremonies. Any questions regarding volunteers should be directed to Assistant Director of Campus Life Rachel Martin via email. There is an online form for interested persons to sign up to assist the committee.

2020 Tickets:

Ticket distribution for graduates begins on Wednesday, April 22, in the Fredonia Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center, and continues until Friday, May 8. View ticket information.

2020 Cap and Gown:

Regalia will be available to students in the Bookstore beginning March 23. View cap and gown information.

Students with Special Needs

Families with Special Needs

Student Rehearsal on Friday, May 15

2020 Individual Graduate Photos:

A professional photographer from Island Photography will take photographs of each graduate as they are recognized during each Commencement ceremony. This does not represent an endorsement by Fredonia and there is no obligation to purchase. It is a service provided to our Commencement families and guests.

Within 48 hours after Commencement, students will be emailed a secure link and a PIN to view and order photos. Students can also register the email addresses of friends and relatives so that they would receive a direct link to their photos by visiting the website.

For questions, graduates should contact Island Photography customer service at (800) 869-0908 or email.

Got plans?

Students graduating this year are invited to share their future plans for posting on the website. Information can include new jobs, acceptances to graduate schools or other programs, and professional summer activities. Parents, faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit items, as are students. Please include the graduate's name, hometown, and major. Tell us your future plans.


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