Applying for Graduation

Graduation and participation in the commencement ceremony are not automatic. Students must initiate the process themselves.

A Graduation Application should be submitted by students anticipating completion of ALL program/degree requirements according to the deadlines below. Applying for graduation does not include participation in the Commencement Ceremony, For all Commencement information see the Commencement Checklist.

Application Due Dates:

If you plan to complete requirements at the end of the Spring Semester (May degree conferral) you can apply February 2 through March 31 (students who apply by March 3 will be considered for potential Departmental Awards)

If you plan to complete requirements at the end of the Summer Semester (August degree conferral) you can apply June 2 through August 1

NOTE: If you are an August 2015 potential graduate who will be completing degree requirements at the end of the Summer 2015 semester and who would like to participate in the May 2015 commencement ceremony the deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. (In order to participate in the May 2015 commencement ceremony August graduates must have no more than 6 credits remaining or 2 courses which do not exceed 8 credits left to finish over the Summer 2015 semester)

If you plan to complete requirements at the end of the Fall Semester (December degree conferral) you can apply October 1 through December 2

  • A Non-Refundable $55 fee is required at time of application. If you do not meet all requirements the fee will be applied to a future Graduation Application.  If you are applying for two degrees you must pay $55 for each Graduation Application.  Please note if you do not meet all requirements in the term which you applied you must re-apply by filling out a new graduation application.

  • All outstanding obligations to SUNY Orange (tuition, fees, books, etc.) must be satisfied before your diploma or certificate will be released.

  • If you are anticipating receiving transfer credits in order to complete graduation requirements at SUNY Orange you must have completed a “Permission to Attend” form which gets approved by the Registrar and indicates SUNY Orange will accept the course(s) in transfer. All official transcripts need to be received by the Registrar’s Office no later than 7 business days prior to the graduation date.

  • An overall cumulative 2.00 GPA is required for all degrees and for an A.A.S degree a 2.00 GPA in major courses either cumulative or in each course is required in addition to the overall 2.00 GPA requirement.

  • Mailing of Diplomas: All diplomas will be mailed to the address that was provided on the Graduation Application. Please notify the Registrar’s Office at registrar@sunyorange.edu if you have had a change of address.  
    • May Diplomas will be mailed out by mid June
    • August Diplomas will be mailed out by mid September
    • December Diplomas will be mailed out at the end of January

Please note: Applying for graduation initiates review and conferral of degrees only. You will be receiving commencement information from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. These letters are stamped “Important Graduation Information”. Save these letters as they contain important information you need concerning the Commencement Exercises. You can see all information about the Graduation ceremony at the Commencement Information Checklist webpage.