CORRECTION: Save the Date for Commencement 2023 + Graduation Eligibility Information

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:30am

NOTE: This updated message corrects the schedule for Saturday May 20, 2023.

TO: Students Attending Commencement 2023
FR: Mario A. Perez, Ed.D., Vice President for University Advancement; Caroline Neyman, Senior Director of Operations, Green Music Center

As the winter break approaches, students who will be graduating in 2023, or who graduated in Fall 2022, are encouraged to begin making plans with parents, family and loved ones for the upcoming Commencement ceremonies. 

Save the Date
The 2023 Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Green Music Center on the weekend of May 20 – 21, 2023. The dates and times for each academic school’s Commencement are listed below. A list of schools and majors can be found on the Commencement website.

Saturday, May 20, 2023
9 a.m. School of Business and Economics
1 p.m. School of Science and Technology
5 p.m. School of Arts and Humanities

Sunday, May 21, 2023
9 a.m. School of Education
1 p.m. School of Social Sciences (A)
5 p.m. School of Social Sciences (B)

Graduation Eligibility & Application Process
You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2023 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2022
  • Have applied for graduation in Spring 2023
  • Have applied for graduation in Summer 2023

Haven’t graduated or applied to graduate and have questions about the process? Please visit the Office of the Registrar website to find out more.

Students seeking an exception to participate in Spring 2023 Commencement will find more information available on the Commencement website in January 2023.

Commencement is a ceremony to honor our annual graduates but please keep in mind that participation is optional and is not the same as actually graduating from SSU. You will officially graduate after grades have been finalized and only if ALL degree requirements were completed by the end of the semester you applied to graduate in. Click here for more information on how to apply to graduate.

The ARR (Academic Requirements Report) determines a student's graduation eligibility and the current ‘graduation status’ is listed at the top left corner of the ARR. If you have questions or concerns about your graduation status, please contact your graduation team specialist in the office of the registrar.

2023 Cultural Graduation Celebrations
In addition to the university Commencement ceremony, there are also five Cultural Graduation Celebrations planned. Students and families may choose to attend these celebrations as well as their school Commencement. Registration for the 2023 Celebrations closes on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5pm.

Grad Fair
Please mark your calendars for the annual Grad Fair. This is the big one-stop Commencement and graduation event that SSU grads do not want to miss!

February 22-23, 2023
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
University Store
Student Center, 2nd Floor

Finally, staff and faculty are copied in this message so that they too may plan to join you in the celebration of your graduation.