Graduation Checklist

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

Students at Commencement

May Commencement

We know Commencement is a special tradition. While the past few years have been interrupted in ways we could never have imagined, we want to commend you on your hard work and accomplishments.

Graduation and Commencement will be May 13, 2023.


What You Need To Do

  • You should check-in 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 audit to see if you met all the requirements to graduate.
    • All must show complete. See your advisor if all areas are not satisfied.
  • You should apply no later than 2 months before expected graduation.
  • If your diploma will be mailed, you should confirm your current mailing address on Bannerweb. Email the registrar to make any updates to your address.
  • Fill out the Application to Graduate on Banner Web.
    • Log into Banner Web by entering the secure area using your student ID and PIN.
    • Choose the Student Services Tab then Student Records.
    • Pick Application to Graduate - then follow the prompts
  • 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 meet the requirements, submit a graduation application indicating the term you will graduate.
    • 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.
  • Planning on going to the ceremony?
    • Please go down to the next section and fill out the Commencement Questionnaire.

We request all graduating students fill out the May 2023 Commencement Questionnaire regardless of your plans to attend the ceremony.  This form is also how you will RSVP for the ceremony.  Click the link and fill out the form.

May 2023 Commencement Questionnaire Link

Don't forget you need to apply to graduate as well.

Order your required cap, gown, tassel and hood at the Alfred University Bookstore, Powell Campus Center. You can purchase online by March 26, 2023.  For answers to any questions, please contact Heather Miller.

 Follow this link to order

  • Earned a minor? Display all your hard work.
  • We are now offering minor certificates.
  • Come in to the student service center (Seidlin) to purchase.
  • $50 a certificate.
  • Note: minor certificates will be available for pickup or mailing after commencement.
  • Every effort will be made to pronounce your name correctly, but we need your help.

  • If you think mispronunciation of your name is likely, or even possible, please call 607-871-2073 and leave an audio voice message by stating your name clearly after the beep.

Ticket information, parking, shuttles, lodging and other information can be found on the Commencement Page.

What You Need To Do Before Leaving Campus

  • Your account must have a zero balance in order to receive your diploma. Go to MyAU to check your Cashnet account.
  • You will need to complete 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 Alumni Loan Programs. The notice normally comes to you approximately 2 weeks after graduation.  My Loan Services
  • 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.  Seniors to return their Room key and FOB to a residence life staff member. Mail keys and printer fobs go to mail services.
  • Return all library materials from Herrick and Scholes (including Interlibrary Loans) by the end of final exams.
  • Verify that your library account is clear and that you will not be billed for any outstanding items. Check your account online by going to the Alfred Libraries website and signing in at the top right corner or by email.
  • 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.

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.

Join the CDC Alumni Group on LinkedIn to stay connected with us. We have been posting lots of information here about companies that are hiring now and how to manage a job search during these difficult times.

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.