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Instructions to Candidates


The moment you have been waiting for is finally here —your graduation and the Commencement Exercises of 2018. Please remember that there are two ceremonies: The Monday, May 21st ceremony will celebrate those within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Health Sciences and the Tuesday, May 22nd ceremony will celebrate those within the School of Business and the School of Engineering Technology.

We want these days to be perfect for you and for your family. The following is a list of "MUSTS" for all potential diploma candidates.

File your "Intent to Graduate" form with the Registrar's Office before the close of business on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Failure to meet the deadline will result in your name being omitted from the Commencement Program, and prevent you from receiving your actual diploma. 

There will be several Senior Days in the Spring. Please watch this web page for the dates when they are finalized. You will be able to:

  • Check the spelling of your name for the Commencement Program.
  • ORDER YOUR CAPS AND GOWNS, HOODS, Tassels, College Ring, Diploma Case, etc.
  • Check the potential Latin Honors list to see whether you have qualified.
  • Get information about your Commencement video and photos
  • Purchase tickets to  THE FAREWELL BALL.
  • Join the Alumni Association.
  • Enjoy refreshments.
  • Make arrangements for any guests with disabilities.

Ticket Distribution:

The first days of ticket distribution will be at the 2018 Senior Commencement Fair in the Campus Center Ballroom on May 2-3, 2018 from 10AM-2PM and 3PM-7PM.

If you cannot attend the Fair, tickets will be distributed between 10:00 AM -4:00 PM in Laffin 314 during the week of May 7. All students are entitled to four (4) tickets.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets during the designated times, then you must email commencement@farmingdale.edu to arrange alternate pickup.

If there are any remaining tickets, these will be made available between May 14-18 from 10 AM-4 PM in Laffin 314.


Purchase your Commencement Caps, Gowns and Hoods as soon as possible to ensure you will have them for the ceremony. Please contact the bookstore so that you can begin to purchase your caps and gowns. Make sure to try them on immediately to make sure of proper fit.

Graduates must arrive at Nold Hall Auxiliary gym at 9:30 AM for check in, instructions and line up. Please enter through the main doors of the building.

The ceremony usually lasts about two hours. Then, please join the campus community for a reception on the Great Lawn between Nold and Roosevelt Halls.

Please let your guests know that no backpacks, coolers or umbrellas will be allowed into the graduation area.  Additionally, all individuals may be subject to search prior to admittance.

Guests needing special seating should arrive when the doors open for each ceremony at approximately 10:00 AM. This area is limited to those needing special seating. However, up to two others not needing special seating may sit with that individual.

Students must pick up caps and gowns prior to commencement. We will continue to update you between now and Commencement with important notices. Please check your email regularly for updates and visit the website for new developments so that we can all make your Commencement a special and memorable occasion.