Ceremonies and Eligibility

All Commencement activities are subject to change based on the New York State health and safety guidelines at the time of the event. We will update all affected students by email in the case of any changes as soon as they are made known to us.


You are eligible to participate in one of two Commencement ceremonies in the Steele Hall fieldhouse on Saturday, May 20, 2023, if:

  • You completed or anticipate completing bachelor's/master's degree or advanced certificate requirements in January, May, August or December 2023.
  • You completed degree or certificate requirements in August or December 2022, and did not participate in the May 2022 Commencement ceremony.
  • You have not participated in an earlier Fredonia ceremony for the degree you are earning.

If you expect to complete your degree requirements in J-term 2024 or later, and have extenuating circumstances which will preclude you from participating in Commencement 2023, you may complete the online Appeal Form before Wednesday, April 7, 2023, to be considered to participate in Commencement 2024.

You must apply for your degree. The online Application for Degree form and submission instructions are available from the Registrar's Office online. Applications are also available in the Registrar's Office in Reed Library. Applications must be completed by Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. There is no fee to apply for a degree.

To participate in Commencement 2023, you will also need to fill out the Commencement Participation Form. This form will be available to you on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, through Your Connection. You can only view this form if you have filled out your Application for Degree with the Registrar's Office. Please use this form to request your 4 initial tickets; you will also have the ability to request up to 4 additional tickets through this form (subject to available space). 

2023 Dual Ceremony Information

Graduates should communicate with their families their assigned ceremony.

For double majors, your ceremony will be according to your primary major - the one in which you'll receive your degree.

10 a.m. Ceremony (orange ticket)

Steele Hall Fieldhouse

  • Communication (all specialties)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • English (including Adolescence Education)
  • French (including Adolescence Education)
  • History (including Social Studies, Adolescence Education: Social Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (major programs including Self-Design, American Studies, Arts Administration, Legal Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies)
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music (all areas/specialties including Music-Applied, Music Education, Music Education Studies, Music Performance, Composition, Sound Recording Technology, Music Therapy, Musical Theatre and Theory/Composition)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish (including Adolescence Education)
  • Theatre (all areas including Acting, Theatrical Production and Design, and Musical Theatre)
  • Visual Arts and New Media (all specialties, including Art History)

3 p.m. Ceremony (purple ticket)

Steele Hall Fieldhouse

  • Accounting and Public Accountancy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology (including Adolescence Education, Exercise Science)
  • Business Administration (including Music Industry, Sport Management)
  • Chemistry (including Adolescence Education)
  • Communication Disorders and Sciences (including Speech and Language Pathology, and Speech and Hearing Handicapped)
  • Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, Cybersecurity
  • Economics
  • Education (including Early Childhood Education, Early and Childhood Education, Childhood  Education, Child Advocacy Studies, Childhood Inclusive Education, Language and Learning, Literacy Education, Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, and Advanced Certificate in TESOL, Bilingual, and Educational Leadership
  • Geosciences, Geochemistry, Environmental Sciences (and all specialties including Earth Science and Adolescence Education)
  • Industrial Management
  • Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics, Middle Childhood - Mathematics Specialist, and Adolescence Education)
  • Medical Technology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physics (including Adolescence Education)

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