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Commencement Ceremony

546017_10150893730932641_852473791_nCommencement exercises will be held at noon on Sunday, May 19, 2013, outdoors at Pioneer Stadium on the Alfred State campus.

Graduation Packets

Packets must be picked up from the Campus Bookstore after April 8 during regular business hours. Anyone who cannot pick up their packet in person must call the Campus Bookstore at (607) 587-4020 to make other arrangements. Packets contain a graduation gown, cap and tassel; a photo card, notices about the ceremony, and guest admittance tickets which are for guests to use in the event that the ceremony is moved inside due to inclement weather. (See ‘Inclement Weather’ below.)

Inclement Weather

Should inclement weather or some other safety concern arise, the outdoor Commencement ceremony at Pioneer Stadium will be moved inside to the McLane Center on the Alfred University campus. If such a move becomes necessary, a determination will be made by Tuesday, May 14 and communicated to students and the local media. The website ( will contain the latest information so return here for complete details.

If the ceremony is moved to the McLane Center, the number of guests per graduate will be limited to four. These guests will need a ticket to be admitted. No one will be admitted to the indoor ceremony without a guest ticket. ‘Inclement Weather’ guest tickets are contained in the graduation packet. Please have them with you the day of the event.

Parking at the McLane Center is prohibited, except for handicapped parking. Overflow handicapped parking is available on the Alfred State campus. If the event is moved to the McLane Center, parking information will be posted on this website.

About the Ceremony

Pioneer Stadium is our outdoor venue for Commencement exercises. This stadium provides a wonderful view of the ceremony for all attending and is large enough to comfortably accommodate several guests per graduate. Guests will not need tickets to be admitted. Stadium seating is available on a ‘first come, first seated’ basis and guests are permitted to bring lawn chairs into the stadium if they desire. Commencement exercises begin promptly at 12 noon and will last approximately two-and-a-half hours.

A reception will take place immediately afterwards at the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium. Light refreshments will be served and attendees will have a relaxed and comfortable place to gather, congratulate graduates, and take photos. The day of Commencement exercises, Alfred State will provide live streaming broadcast of the ceremony at


Guest admission begins at 11:30 a.m. Parking and seating for guests with disabilities (including wheelchairs) is available (see ‘Traffic Procedures’ on website).

Any guests who require special seating accommodations should contact Melanie Ryan at (607) 587-4122 by May 17.


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