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President McInnis Announces In-Person Commencement

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Commencement 2021 capStony Brook University President Maurie McInnis has announced that Commencement ceremonies will be safely held on campus and in person in May.

Ten individual ceremonies will be held Wednesday, May 19 through Friday, May 21, hosted by the individual schools and colleges. All of the ceremonies will be held outdoors at LaValle Stadium, rain or shine, and all ceremonies will be livestreamed and recorded.

View the complete schedule at the Commencement website.

“I want to thank those of you who participated in our survey, as we considered all our options for Commencement 2021 and how to safely celebrate this joyous occasion,” President McInnis said. “We will have to remain adaptable and flexible with our plans, as well as diligent about all current health and safety protocols.”

Read the president’s complete announcement here.

Other details include:

  • Ceremonies will be contingent upon New York State directives at the time of Commencement and are therefore subject to change.
  • All eligible candidates must register to attend the ceremony. You will be required to comply with university COVID-19 testing requirements prior to entering the stadium. These testing requirements will be forwarded upon registration.
  • Due to New York State mandates regarding venue capacities, no guest tickets will be issued at this time.

“We know how important it is to have friends and family celebrate with you, and we will be watching New York State capacity guidelines to see if this can change,” McInnis said. “I know that it will be a disappointment not to be able to invite guests — family, friends, and mentors who have helped and supported you through your education. In the survey, you indicated a strong desire for an in-person ceremony, even if guests had to be limited to virtual participation through the livestream. We will endeavor to create a celebration in person that allows our entire community to share in these accomplishments virtually.”

Anyone with questions about Commencement are asked to contact

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