Start to plan now for Commencement 2018!

  • Julianne Foster receives Lanford Presidential Prize
  • Commencement Platform Party
  • Members of the Class of 2016
  • Happy graduates
  • Fredonia Chamber Choir
  • Judy Kuhn receives honorary doctoral degree
  • Lucille Horn sings national anthem
  • Student Marshals lead graduates into Steele Hall
  • Commencement processional
  • Mi Kyung Kim receives master's hood

Got plans?

Excited gradStudents 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.


2018 Dual Ceremonies:

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

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The 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.

2018 Tickets:

Ticket distribution for graduates begins on Wednesday, April 18, in the Williams Center, and continues until Friday, May 11. View ticket information.

2018 Cap and Gown:

Regalia will be available to students in the Bookstore beginning Monday, March 19. View cap and gown information.

Students with Special Needs

Families with Special Needs

Student Rehearsal on Friday, May 18

2018 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.

2018 Live Streaming of Commencement

There will be live streaming of both Commencement ceremonies. More information will be posted on this page on Commencement day. For those in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, the ceremonies will also be available on the local cable access channel.

Following the ceremonies, a recording of both ceremonies will be made available on the Commencement website.

Commencement Committee Office

c/o Campus Life Office, Michael Lemieux, Chair
Williams Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3143