You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2019 if you:

  • Graduated in Fall 2018
  • Have applied for graduation in Spring 2019
  • Have applied for graduation in Summer 2019

If you seek an exception, please send an email to providing your name, major, student ID and your plans for graduation. You will receive a message back from the appropriate school contact within 10 days.


All graduates are required to wear the academic regalia that is associated with the degree to be conferred upon them at Commencement. If you are receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will wear the traditional black cap and gown. Master’s degree recipients wear a hood in addition to the cap and gown.

All graduates are encouraged to order regalia early to ensure correct size. You may order at the HerffJones website until March 27 or at the SSU Bookstore. The gown and hood are rental products and must be returned after the ceremony. View the Commencement map to see the gown return location.

Regalia pick up begins on May 1.

Graduation Announcements

Place an order for graduation announcements either online at HerffJones website or from the SSU Bookstore in the Student Center.

Buy Announcements


Grad Fair

Feb. 26-27
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SSU Bookstore 

You may order your academic regalia online until March 27. After that date, only in-store orders will be accepted. Regalia pick up begins on May 1. 

The Grad Fair will feature:

  • Free photo sitting in graduation regalia (no obligation)
  • Information on becoming a member of the SSU Alumni Association
  • Career Center information
  • Discounts on diploma frames
  • Discounts on class rings
  • Raffle (2 diploma frames, 4 photo packages)



Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony time and enter through the Schroeder Hall lobby doors, at the south end of the Music Education Building. Graduates will line up by Schroeder Hall in preparation for the processional. Please refer to the Commencement map.