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STUDENT INFORMATION

Commencement will take place on Friday, May 16th at the Westchester County Center

Senior Project Titles

Senior Project titles are published in the Commencement Program.
All students who are graduating this spring have a senior project submission page in Moodle.
See http://purchase.libguides.com/studentprojects for instructions on setting up your senior project via Moodle, including format, submission, etc.
If for some reason, you don’t have a page, please contact:tltc@purchase.edu<mailto:tltc@purchase.edu

Submissions are due BY MARCH 15th.

Commencement Fee/Regalia
Order your Cap and Gown from the More Store or online and pay your $90 commencement fee. Purchases made after March 25th will cost $100

Student Check In
Student check-in is at 10:30am at the Westchester County Center.

Students with Special Needs
Students requiring special assistance at the Commencement Ceremony should fill out and submit this survey as soon as possible.

Refreshments
Snacks will be served during the line up process. Please do not bring any bags with you to the County Center or leave them with a family member.

Transportation
There will be bus transportation from campus provided the day of commencement for graduating seniors. The bus will pick up students in the Campus Center South parking lot.
10:00am-11:00am: Buses depart from Campus Center South
2:45pm -4:30pm: Buses to return to County Center to return all students/faculty/staff/guests.

Where will faculty be after the ceremony?
Faculty will be located outside of the County Center immediately following the ceremony.

Graduates: For more information visit the Dates and Deadlines page!

DIRECTIONS, PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Venue Address

Commencement will take place  at the Westchester County Center:

198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

 

Travel Details

From New York City The Westchester County Center is a 35 minutes by car, 40 minutes by bus and 30 minutes by train.

 

Parking

Free Parking is available at the venue. There are over 700 parking spaces at three locations. The County Center East and West lots located at 198 Central Avenue and the North White Plains lot located at Fisher Lane in White Plains.

For more information, you may call the Parking Division at 914-995-7582.

 

Bus Service

The Westchester County Center  is served by the Westchester County BeeLine Bus System Call 914-813-7777 for bus information

 

MetroNorth Service

The Westchester County Center is also within walking distance of the White Plains Metro North station. For more information regarding taking Metro North Railroad to White Plains, NY please visit here.

LOCATION & VENUE INFORMATION

Commencement will take place at the Westchester County Center:

198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

 

Seating

Seating is available after 11:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis (Tickets are required).

 

Where Will My Student Be Sitting?

 

Left side of aisle
School of Art + Design (BFA, BS & MFA)
Arts Management (BA)
Dance (BFA & MFA)
Film & Media Studies (BA, BFA) Humanities (BA & MA)

 

Right side of aisle
 Liberal Studies (BA)
Music (BM, MusB, MM, Perf. Certificate, & Artist Diploma)
Natural & Social Sciences (BA, BS)
Theatre Arts  (BFA, BA & MFA)

Processional

The Commencement processional will begin at 12:30pm. 

The Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00pm and should end by 3:15pm.

 

Gifts for Students

Fresh cut flowers, balloons and other merchandise will be available for purchase on site at the County Center.

PHOTOGRAPHER & LIVE STREAMING

Will I be able to take a photo of my student graduating?

A photograph will be taken of the graduating seniors as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs and order cards will be mailed to their home address; you are not obliged to buy these photographs.

 

Will the ceremony be available to watch online?

 

Commencement will be broadcast live on the web. Those wishing to view Commencement online can go to www.purchase.edu/live to be brought directly to the webcast. They can also go to the Purchase College homepage (www.purchase.edu) and click on “Live” located below the links on the left side of the page. (This “Live” link is not currently there, but it will be there by Commencement day).

 

INVITATIONS & TICKETS

Will students receive invitations to send to guests?

Invitations are sent to the home address of each student in mid-April.

How many tickets will each graduate receive?

2 tickets will be provided to the student when they pick up their cap and gown.  Each senior can purchase up to 3 additional tickets for $5 each when the student picks up their cap and gown.  Any remaining tickets will be sold during Senior Week events. 

*Please note that guests without tickets will not be admitted.

When will I be notified about all Commencement activities?

Notifications will be sent to student email addresses in mid-February.

 

STUDENTS & GUESTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

County Center is wheelchair accessible.Sign Language services will be provided, and first aid service will be available in case of an emergency.

 

Upon arrival to the County Center, guests should follow signs with the Handicap symbol to the reserved parking and drop-off area. Guests will be greeted by a Commencement volunteer who will assist them to a reserved seating area.  These guests must have a ticket.  Parking in the Reserved Area will be for persons who have a Handicap permit only. If you have further questions, please contact the County Center at (914) 995-4050

 

Students requiring special assistance for the Commencement Ceremony should fill out this survey.