Graduation Checklist

Congratulations to all our graduates! Commencement is an amazing milestone to share with your family, friends and loved ones.

Students at Commencement

Commencement 2020 May 16 at 10 AM McLane Center

*Pay attention to your emails and Alfred Today announcements for further details and direction.

What you need to Do

  • You should meet with your advisor in the Fall semester of your senior year
  • Complete any progress or curriculum sheets required by your school/college
  • Run a degree evaluation to see if you met all the requirements to graduate
    • If there are any red "No's" - you may be lacking requirements and be at risk for not earning your degree. See your advisor!
  • You should apply no later than 2 months before expected graduation
  • Apply online (preferred)
  • Download a form
  • Speak with the registrar (within the month before) to be sure your name will be pronounced correctly at the ceremony
  • To confirm that your graduation application was received you can check your academic transcript in the Banner Secure Area. The Degree Awarded section will change from "Sought" to "Pending"
  • If you are not graduating but wish to attend the ceremony, you must be sure you meet the requirements to do so. Please review Undergraduate Academic Regulation 202.1
    • If you do, submit a graduation application indicating the term you will graduate and note you plan to attend the May commencement ceremony
    • If you do not, you will still need to apply to graduate for the term you will finish AND complete a Petition to Walk form
  • Stop in to the Barnes & Noble college store to order your Cap & Gown and/or Class Rings
    • Watch the Announcements for when you can order
  • You can pick up your cap & gown usually starting the week before graduation
  • Your account must have a zero balance in order to receive your diploma. Go to MyAU to check your Cashnet account
  • Return ITS lending equipment by the first Monday of May, to avoid charges
  • Clean out your email mailbox
  • To keep your Alfred email address go to Email for Life
  • If you're graduating in December, submit a contract breakage form no later than December 1
  • Return your room key to residence life and mailbox key to the mailroom
  • Check out of campus housing with a Residence Life staff member
  • Seniors need to move out by 5 PM the day of graduation

What you need to KNOW

  • 2020 graduation ceremony is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10 AM in the McLane Gym
  • Each graduate will receive 5 tickets for graduation. Click here for more information.
  • Plan to be in the Joyce and Walton Family Center for Health & Wellness by 9:15 AM. The line will form in the Joyce and Walton Center at McLane Center. Faculty marshals will assist in forming the line. Please arrive on time.
  • Regalia must be worn. The tassel on your mortarboard cap should be worn on the right.
  • Parking near McLane Center is limited so where do you park?
  • When you come up to the stage, please remain standing at the top of the stairs until your name is announced, and then proceed across the stage to shake hands with President Zupan and to receive your diploma.
  • You will need to complete a Loan Exit Counseling. Notice and information will be provided to you by the Financial Aid Office for the Federal Direct Loans and by the Student Accounts Office for the Federal Perkins Loan and the Alumni Loan Programs. The notice normally comes to you approximately 2 weeks after graduation.
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM in Miller Theater
  • There is no limit on the number of guests

The Career Development Center staff can help you plan for an effective job search or apply to graduate school, write a resume and cover letter, network with alumni in your field, or any other career-related interests that you might have. Go to our website Career Development Center, call 607-871-2164, or email us for more information.

Login to Handshake with your Alfred University email address and password.

  • Click on Career Center and First Destination Survey to tell us what you plan to do after graduation
  • Click on Jobs to check out opportunities in your field
  • Click on Career Center and Appointments to schedule a meeting

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What happens Next - Plans after graduation

  • Stay connected to AU! Register online or call 607-871-2144 to receive alumni/campus news, event updates, class Reunion and classmate information.
  • To obtain a transcript, go to our Transcript Request page. Your student account must be in good standing in order to release a transcript.
  • Check BannerWeb to be sure your address is current, especially if your diploma will be mailed to you. You can update your address in BannerWeb or contact Student Service Center.
  • Don't forget to inactivate any local address you had if you were living off campus
Graduating students with decorated hats


Congratulations to all of our graduates! Commencement is a milestone - one of life's landmark occasions, a time when graduates, family...