Friday, March 31
Graduation application deadline
IMPORTANT: Graduating students must have submitted a completed degree application to the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m. Friday, March 31 to be eligible to participate in Commencement.
Thursday, April 27
Spring Fest/Year-end Party: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Pavilion (located in front of Hudson Hall)
All students are invited to attend a year-end party in the Student Pavilion. The event will include music, food, games and give-a-ways.
Wednesday, May 3 – Friday, May 5
Cap, gown and ticket pickup in the Siek Campus Center room 204
Wednesday, May 3: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 4: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 5: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pre-ordered regalia should be picked up during the times noted above. Students who did not pre-order regalia should complete this pickup form and bring it to a cap, gown and ticket distribution day designated above. All students should bring a student ID to cap, gown and ticket pickup days.
Monday, May 8
Commencement Information Session: 2 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Graduating students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an optional information session to learn more about this year's commencement activities.
Commencement Video Guide
Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Information Session: 3 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Those participating in Student Honors and Awards Ceremony may attend this optional information session.
Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Video Guide
Friday, May 12
Student Honors and Awards Ceremony, McDonough Sports Complex: 6 – 8 p.m.
This ceremony recognizes the college's highest achieving graduates who have earned a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above as well as special award recipients. Invited students and their guests are welcome to attend this special event.
Students must wear their academic honors regalia to the ceremony. All students attending the ceremony should check-in by 5 p.m. at the Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex. Guests should arrive prior to the start of the 6 p.m. ceremony, go into the field house and be seated. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend.
Students and guests are invited to enjoy refreshments in the ice rink following the ceremony.
Saturday, May 13
63rd Annual Commencement Ceremony in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Doors open to family/guests at 7:30 a.m.
Graduates assemble in the McDonough Sports Complex field house at 7:30 a.m.
Procession begins at 8:45 a.m.
Post-Commencement Celebration in the Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex at 11:30 a.m.
Graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.
The college's Commencement ceremony will highlight the diverse and remarkable achievements of approximately 2,000 Hudson Valley Community College graduates.
Seating will be organized by division (Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences). Each graduate will be individually announced and congratulated by President Drew Matonak. Graduates must then return to their seats for the duration of the ceremony.
Participating students must have submitted a completed degree application to the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m. Friday, March 31 to be eligible to participate in Commencement.
Each graduate will receive five tickets. For more information on Commencement and ticket distribution, please contact the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348.
Degree candidates must wear a cap and gown in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Appropriate attire under the cap and gown is expected. (Jeans, shorts and sneakers are not considered appropriate.) Flat shoes are recommended for walking on the ball field.
Ponchos will be distributed to graduates before the ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex.
Live Video Stream and Televised Coverage
Watch Commencement Live:
Saturday, May 13
Hosted by news anchor and Hudson Valley alumnus John Gray, Commencement will be broadcast LIVE here and on Capital Region Spectrum Channel 17 or 18 (except in Bethlehem, Delmar, Scotia and Schenectady where the TV broadcast is unavailable) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Due to weather predictions, a Live stream of the ceremony will be available in the McDonough Sports Complex field house. Seating is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for access to the field house. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
DVD recordings of the Commencement ceremony and/or the Student Honors and Awards ceremony may be ordered for $15 each. The link to order the recordings is below. DVDs will be mailed in early June. For more information, contact the Faculty Student Association, Campus Center, Room 240, or at (518) 629-7181.
Degree candidates may pick up diploma covers and commencement programs immediately after the ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex lobby, or at the Registrar's Office during normal business hours starting on Wednesday, May 17. Official diplomas will be mailed approximately four to six weeks after Commencement. Graduates who prefer to pick up their diplomas in person should call the Registrar's Office at (518) 629-4574.
The Student Honors and Awards Ceremony as well as Commencement are formal ceremonies. Inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Forms of distraction, such as noisemakers, beach balls, liquid string, bubbles and inappropriately altered regalia are not permitted. Cell phones must be silenced during the ceremony.
The college has contracted with GradImages to take photos of graduating students and award recipients at the Student Honors and Awards and Commencement ceremonies. Image proofs will be sent to home and email addresses provided to GradImages. To share your preferred contact information, visit at www.gradimages.com or call 1 (800) 261-2576. You may also provide them with an email address of up to six friends and family members. Image proofs will be sent within three to five days after graduation, and pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail.
Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.
Refreshments and Items for Sale
Refreshments are provided at no cost until 8:45 a.m. at the right field pavilion. After that time, food and beverages will be sold at stadium concession areas. Flowers by Frank Gallo & Son Florist and commemorative items also will be sold on site. A dozen roses will be sold for $30; half dozen for $20; assorted bouquet, $25.
Senior Gift Campaign
The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation invites graduates to contribute to the annual campaign supporting scholarships, academic program enrichments and campus improvements. Graduates and their family and friends are asked to consider a gift of $20.17 to the Senior Gift Campaign.
Individuals with Disabilities
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium and the McDonough Sports Complex are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals with special needs, including the need for an interpreter, should contact the Center for Access and Assistive Technology, at (518) 629-7154 or TDD (518) 629-7596 at least two weeks in advance.
Public Safety/Health Services
College Public Safety officers, local law enforcement, nurses and an ambulance with medical staff will be on site in case of an emergency. If such an event occurs, please immediately locate an usher or call Public Safety at (518) 629-7210.
Directions, Campus Map and Parking
Parking in the garage and all lots is available without permit. It is recommended that guests arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. for Commencement to allow time for walking to the stadium and locating seats. [Campus Map and Directions]
Inclement Weather Policy
Due to weather predictions, please take note of a few changes to Hudson Valley Community College's 63rd Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
The ceremony will take place outdoors in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium with the following logistical changes:
- Line-up Area: Graduates will line up indoors, in the McDonough Sports Complex field house, prior to the ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Rain ponchos will be distributed to graduates.
- Indoor viewing area: The ceremony will take place outdoors in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium as planned. However, a live stream of the ceremony will be available inside McDonough Sports Complex field house. Seating is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for access to the field house. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
- Reception: The post-commencement celebration for graduates and guests will take place in the Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex.
- Diploma covers and programs: Graduates will not be handed their diploma covers onstage. Instead, diploma covers and commencement programs will be available immediately after the ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex lobby, or at the Registrar's Office during normal business hours starting on Wednesday, May 17.
For more information on Commencement-related activities, contact the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348. For more information on Student Honors and Awards-related activities, contact the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development at (518) 629-7307.