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Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020 Update from Chancellor Syverud (April 8)

In his message above, Chancellor Syverud announces that fall Commencement 2020 will be held in Syracuse University's stadium, after the roof replacement project is complete and once health officials advise large gatherings are once again safe.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How do I get my cap and gown?
  2. Can I cancel and receive a refund for my on-campus lodging arrangements for Commencement Weekend?
  3. Can I cancel my Commencement Brunch reservations and receive a refund?

How do I get my cap and gown?

Due to the postponement of Commencement 2020 activities, the regalia distribution process is currently being updated.

Bachelors candidates: Once an alternative commencement date is determined, we will assess the best distribution process for Bachelor’s caps and gowns.

Masters and doctoral candidates: All candidates who ordered regalia should arrange to have it shipped directly from Herff Jones to your home address. If you would like to adjust or cancel your cap and gown order, please contact the Herff Jones Customer Service Team at 1.800.837.4235. Be prepared to provide your order confirmation information.

For additional questions about cap and gown orders contact Karen Spencer, ksspence@syr.edu.

Can I cancel and receive a refund for my on-campus lodging arrangements for Commencement Weekend?

Yes. All cancellations will receive a full refund without penalty. Visit the Office of Conference Services website , confserv@syr.edu or 315.443.1347.

Can I cancel my Commencement Brunch reservations and receive a refund?

Yes. All deposits for the Sunday Commencement Brunch will be refunded back to the credit card that was originally submitted. This process is already completed and no phone call or email is necessary to receive a reimbursement. Please note that it may taking a billing cycle for the credit to appear on your statement.