Commencement Criteria

Information regarding criteria for participation in the commencement ceremony is listed in the Academic Policies. The policy states:


12.10 Participation in Graduation Ceremony
All candidates who apply and are certified as enrolled in course work to meet all degree requirements identified for graduation by the registrar may participate in the graduation ceremony. A candidate for May graduation is an associate degree student who will have completed all course requirements in their area or a Bachelor degree student who will have completed all course requirements. The only exceptions will be for Bachelors degree students missing a summer degree internship or for students in an associate degree program which, by design, requires a summer internship. (Effective Fall 2011 – updated 3/11)


Students who have met all degree requirements the previous summer or fall semesters prior to May graduation must also apply for graduation and indicate their intention to participate in the May graduation ceremony. Disclaimers will be printed in the graduation program, indicating names listed are of candidates for the degree, subject to certification of having met all degree requirements. Certification of those degree requirements will be completed by June 1. Diplomas will be mailed to all successful graduates who have applied for graduation.


12.11 Students are required to apply for graduation in the semester prior to the anticipated degree completion. Students must apply by the dates established by the Registrar's Office. Students who do not apply will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony (See 12.10). (Effective Fall 2011 – updated 3/11)


The SUNY Cobleskill diploma does not list the students' major — only the degree is listed. Once the diplomas are ordered, it takes approximately six to eight weeks for the order to be returned to SUNY Cobleskill at which time diplomas will be verified for accuracy and mailed to students at the permanent address on file with the Registrar's Office.