SUNY Jefferson

Fall Commencement

Friday, December 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. / McVean Student Center Gymnasium

Stream the event live tonight starting at 5:45 p.m.


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Your commencement is a special time for you and your family.  Please review the information below to ensure you complete the steps required and know all the details of your big day!  We've also include some FAQs for you and your guests.

1) Complete the Application for Degree/Certificate
All potential December graduates are required to submit an Application for Degree/Certificate to Enrollment Services, Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010 by December 1, 2018. If you have any questions about the application or graduation requirements, please email studentrecords@sunyjefferson.edu, call (315) 786-2386 or stop in to suite 6-010.

2) Pick up your cap, gown and tickets
No need to pre-order, just be sure to pick up your cap and gown in the JCC Bookstore between November 26 and December 7, 2018.    Your regalia includes the cap, gown, hood, and tassel specific to your program of study. It will also include any special honors you received from the college, such as Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Program stoles, as well as military cords for active duty soldiers and veterans.  The cost of your cap and gown is included in your student life fee.

Tickets:   If you are participating in the Commencement Ceremony, you can receive up to three (3) guest tickets for McVean Student Center Gymnasium seating when picking up your regalia from the Bookstore.  There will be limited availability of tickets after December 7th.

Guests without a ticket are welcome to view the ceremony live via closed circuit telecast in the Jules Center Amphitheater (Room 6-002).  We also live video stream the College's Commencement exercises via www.sunyjefferson.edu.

Note: Children attending the ceremony must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Strollers are not permitted in the McVean Gymnasium.

3) Reserve seating for special accommodations
We are happy to reserve seats for your guests who need special accommodations (i.e. difficulty with stairs or bleachers, use of wheelchair or walkers).  Graduates must stop in the JCC Bookstore to complete an accommodative needs seating request form.  It is important that the form is completed and submitted prior by December 7 so that the College may easily accommodate all requests.

4) Sign up for free childcare
Jefferson Campus Care will provide free childcare during the Commencement Ceremony and reception (5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) for children of both graduates and their guests. Children must be aged 18 months – 12 years old. Please contact Jefferson Campus Care at (315) 786-2357 by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to register. Note: walk-ins will not be permitted.

5) Attend Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
A brief commencement rehearsal will take place at 1:00 p.m. (just after Senior Send-off taking place from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.).  Please meet Faculty Marshals in the McVean Student Center gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. so we can practice the ceremony and answer any questions you may have.

6) Enjoy a free lunch at Senior Send-Off : Friday, December 14, 2018
Senior Send-Off, a free luncheon for graduates with music and prizes, begins at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Student Center. 

Your Big Day – when/where to arrive for Commencement

Students:  Please report to the Sturtz Theater Lobby at 5:30 p.m. robed and ready to line-up.  Staff will be  on hand to assist with caps and gowns.  Faculty Marshals will be available at 5:30 p.m. to assist you with proper line-up.

Guests:  Your guests may park in Lots C and D and enter at the main McVean Gymnasium entrance.   The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Handicapped /special needs guests may also disembark at this entrance. Guest tickets (for adults and children) must be presented to enter the gymnasium.

After the ceremony, join your family, faculty and staff at a reception in your honor in the Jules Center Commons. Light refreshments will be served.

The JCC Bookstore (in the Jules Center), will be open on the evening of commencement from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Other important details

Photographs
A professional photographer will be at Commencement to photograph you as you walk across the stage.  Proofs of the photos will be available online (www.geneseephoto.com) and mailed to you so you can place an order if you so choose.  You are under no obligation to purchase photos taken at Commencement.  After the ceremony, Genesee Photo Systems can be reached by calling 1-800-345-7427.

Photo Room:  We have an official photo room for you to take photos with family and friends after the ceremony. Located in the Walker Instructional Dining Room, directly across from the Bookstore, we will have staff on hand to help by taking the pictures for you.

Live webcast of the ceremony
Jefferson will video stream the College's Commencement exercises via www.sunyjefferson.edu. The link will be available about 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Commencement Video/DVD
A video of the ceremony will be available in segments for free in iTunes (search for Jefferson Community College in the iTunes store). A DVD of the  Commencement Ceremony will also be available for purchase ($10) by calling the Bookstore at (315) 786-2260.

Diplomas
Only diploma covers will be handed out at Commencement. Diplomas are mailed mid–January following a graduation audit of your records.

Leave your mark on campus
Graduates can leave their mark on campus by leaving a unique gift of an engraved paver on the Quad. Engraved pavers will be placed at the center of Jefferson's campus, in the area surrounding the Haas Clocktower, where it will be enjoyed for years to come by our students and their families, faculty and community members. Your gift will also help the Jefferson Foundation continue its mission of supporting student scholarships and campus initiatives. For more information, contact the Jefferson Foundation at (315) 786-2291.

FAQs for Graduates and Guests

No, the cost was included in your student life fee.

Caps, gowns and tassels will be available in the JCC Bookstore beginning Monday, November 26, 2018 through Friday, December 7, 2018.

You do not need to pre-order your regalia. Your order includes the cap, gown, hood, and tassel specific to your program of study. It will also include any special recognition you received from the college, such as Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Program stoles, as well as military cords.

Contact the JCC Bookstore at (315) 786-2260 for more information.

There will be a brief commencement rehearsal on December 14 at 1:00 p.m. just after Senior Send-Off (taking place in the Student Lounge from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Graduating students are asked to meet Faculty Marshals in the McVean Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

You can receive up to three (3) guest tickets when you  pick up your cap and gown in the JCC Bookstore beginning Monday, November 26. Tickets will only be given to graduating students. If you are taking online classes only, please call the Bookstore at (315) 786-2260.

A ticket is required to enter the Commencement Ceremony in the McVean Gymnasium, however, guests without a ticket are welcome to view the ceremony live via closed circuit telecast in the Jules Center Amphitheater (Room 6-002).

Yes. All children in attendance must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that strollers are not permitted in the McVean Gymnasium.

Yes. Jefferson Campus Care will provide FREE childcare during the Commencement Ceremony for children between 18 months and 12 years. Contact Jefferson Campus Care at (315) 786-2357 by 12:00 p.m., December 12 to register. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Yes, stop in the Bookstore to complete an accommodative needs seating request form.  It is important that you complete the form prior to December 7 so that the College may easily accommodate all requests.

You will line up by your academic division in the Student Lounge  and Sturtz Theater Lobby areas by 5:30 p.m.  Marshals will be available to assist with proper line-up. Robing assistance will be available. Please be sure to allow extra time to do this, if needed, as the procession to the gymnasium begins at 5:55 p.m.  Representatives from the Liberal Arts Division, Math/Science, Technology and Health Division, and Business Division will assist with lining up for the march.  It is important that you arrive on time to ensure everyone receives clear instructions for the ceremony.

There will be signs posted in the JCC parking lots directing you and your guests to available parking in Lots C and D.

Yes, a professional photographer will be at Commencement to photograph you as you walk across the stage and receive your credentials. Proofs of the photos will be available online in a few days after the ceremony and mailed to you in the weeks following the ceremony. You may place an order at that time.

There is also a photo room for all families and friends that want to take personal pictures after the ceremony. Located in the Walker Instructional Dining Room, directly across from the Bookstore, we will welcome you and your friends and family to have your picture taken. We will have staff on hand to help by taking the pictures for you.

Diplomas are mailed in mid-January to the home address you indicated on your application for graduation.

Yes! Senior Send-off, a luncheon with music and prizes, will be held in the Student Lounge fom 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14.

There will also be a reception held in the Jules Center Commons for you and your guests immediately following Commencement.