Date and Location
Commencement will take place on Friday, May 16th at the Westchester County Center:
198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY
Seating is available after 11:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis (Tickets are required).
The Commencement processional will begin at 12:30pm. The Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00pm and should end by 3:15pm.
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 gap and gown. Any remaining tickets will be sold during Senior Week events.
Please note that guests without tickets will not be admitted.
The 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. 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.
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.
Watch the Ceremony 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).
County Center staff will be on site to assist in case of an emergency. Please be aware that no one will be permitted to stand, sit or photograph in the main aisles or emergency access areas. _______________________________________________________________________
On Commencement Day, CCN Food Court - The Hub will be open from 7:30am -1:00pm. Starbucks Cafe at Fort Awesome will be open from 7:30am to 1:00pm for beverages, pastries, and hot and cold sandwiches. Beverages, light food fare, and snacks may be purchased in the County Center before and during the Commencement Ceremony.
Uno Chicago Grill located at 14 Martine Avenue in White Plains (right down the street from the commencement location) welcomes graduates and their families for lunch or dinner on commencement day! Students may use their More Card and the restaurant offers free parking in the Seasons garage next door. Please make reservations at 914-684-7040.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL US ATCOMMENCEMENT@PURCHASE.EDU