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Updated May 21, 2020

Virtual Commencement will be on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Dear Graduating Students,

As you know, we surveyed seniors to see what form of a Commencement celebration you wanted for the 2020 class. We had hundreds of responses and a great number of comments that you shared. We appreciate it.

The results show that a Virtual Commencement was selected as the top choice by students.

39% Virtual Commencement
36% Homecoming Commencement
19% No Ceremony Needed
  4% December Commencement
  1% May 2021 Commencement

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Watch President Sullivan's video message

To follow your preference, we will host a Virtual Commencement on Saturday June 20 at 11 a.m. The date was selected to be the Saturday immediately following when final grades will post for our spring courses. This Virtual Commencement will include all the usual elements of the in-person ceremony. We hope by making it available virtually, all students and families may come together online to celebrate. 

Students in Applied Technology, who may still have certain in-person activities remaining in the following months but who have otherwise completed all academic requirements, are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Graduation Fee: For any students graduating this season and who previously paid the graduation fee, you will be gaining that full amount as a refund. This will come to you as part of the spring student account balance adjustments underway now. 

Delivery of 2020 Tassel, Graduation Cap, and Diploma Cover: While we are refunding your entire graduation fee, we want to provide all graduates with some additional keepsakes to commemorate your monumental achievement. In June, we will be shipping this celebratory package to the home address that you have listed in Banner. If you would like to order additional graduation items or Alfred State gear, please contact the Campus Store. As usual, your actual diploma will be sent in August after all degree requirements are confirmed.

Win a Car: Watch for another announcement soon informing you how graduating seniors may register to win a car courtesy of Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. by providing your photo for the virtual ceremony.

In-Person Gathering: As rules regarding mass gatherings change, we will look for an opportunity in the future to invite all of our 2020 Pioneer graduates back to campus. We’d love to celebrate with you in person and provide you with the opportunity to come together and take photos and such. 

You did it! We all want to encourage you and your family to join this Virtual Commencement on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. to recognize the success of so many Pioneers. You are about to become Proud Pioneer alumni. Congratulations!

Dr. Skip Sullivan

2020 Commencement Address from SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul 2020 Commencement Remarks

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Campus Store Discount

Congratulations, Graduates. With the code Graduation2020, all students can take 15% off all Alfred State merchandise on the Campus Store website. Campus Spending can be used as payment through May 15. Please visit to get your Alfred State gear.

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