commencement

July 6, 2017 - 11:50pm
Commentary: This fixture in SU's student section reflects on his days cheering on the Orange.

It was one of the biggest days of my life.

The day I became a graduate of Syracuse University. Like many of my classmates that sat around me on the turf of the Carrier Dome, I had many emotions running through my head. I was excited to start the next chapter of my life, and dreading the debt I was about to walk into.

But I also had one other thing on my mind.

May 13, 2016 - 9:55am
More than 5,000 members of the Syracuse University class of 2016 received diplomas.

Sunday marked the 162nd Commencement at Syracuse University. Donald E. Newhouse, class of 1951, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree while 5,470 students received their attended the event.

May 11, 2015 - 4:11am
Award-winning poet Mary Karr and others aim to inspire more than 6,000 SU and SUNY-ESF graduates, their families and supporters on Sunday.

The excitement on the faces of graduating students and their families is pervasive, giving a colorful, vibrant buzz to the Carrier Dome this Commencement Sunday.

Doting mothers run around with coffee cups, fathers snap last-minute photos before their graduates run off to their procession, and children grin bashful smiles, anxious for the ceremony to begin. Graduates can be spotted all over campus up until 9 a.m., when they must be in their places at the Dome, huddled and bouncing with a healthy mixture of joy and nervousness.

May 11, 2014 - 12:09pm
On graduation day, students reflected on their college accomplishments and look toward their future beyond the Hill.

It was a day of celebration, marking the end one life chapter and the beginning of another. With one swift motion, more than 5,000 graduates lifted their hands, moved their tassels to the left and launched their caps skyward as Syracuse University concluded its 160th Commencement Ceremony in the Carrier Dome.

May 13, 2013 - 10:42am
Commencement closes out the school year and college careers for more than 6,000 Syracuse and SUNY-ESF students.

For more than 6,000 college students, years of classroom lectures, life lessons and newfound friendships culminated Sunday at Syracuse University's 159th Commecement.

The annual ceremony brought thousand of family members and friends to the Carrier Dome to cheer on students from SU, the school's College of Law and SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

May 13, 2012 - 10:26pm
Students at the 158th annual commencement ceremony in the Carrier Dome on May 13 utilized social media outlets such as Twitter and YouTube to document the ceremony that honored more than 5,000 graduates.

An air of anticipation was felt as students, families and faculty entered the Carrier Dome for the annual spring commencement. This year, the university awarded diplomas to 5,056 Syracuse University students, as well as 637 students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Chancellor Nancy Cantor was greeted with abundant applause to preface her address to the graduating students. However, the highlight of the ceremony was undoubtedly the speech delivered by honored commencement speaker, Aaron Sorkin.

May 26, 2011 - 8:44am
Although Syracuse has the largest indoor arena within 260 miles, major concerts and community events are rare because of its commitment to Orange athletics and campus activities.

Looming over the Syracuse skyline is a 527,320 square foot mass of gray cement on the campus of Syracuse University. Though bland to the eye on its exterior, the building frequently radiates orange and the emotion of fervent fans from the inside.

The Carrier Dome is a staple of the university, providing a lifetime of memories for its guests. It welcomes students on preview days, bids them farewell during commencement and hosts countless events in between.

May 15, 2011 - 12:33am
The annual spring exercise honors nearly 5,500 SU graduates, many of whom stayed connected with Facebook, Twitter and their social networks throughout the ceremony.

As has been a tradition for more than a century, the school year on The Hill concluded Sunday with a graduation ceremony.

This year, 5,459 degrees were awarded to Syracuse University students while the joint commencement with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students honored 475 of its students as well.

May 12, 2011 - 11:13am
With uncertainty among some as to why science pioneer J. Craig Venter will be delivering this year's commencement speech to graduates, a school official breaks down the student-driven process.

Just how is a commencement speaker selected?

That question surfaces almost annually around the time when a notable national or world figure is announced as the person who will deliver the address to thousands of Syracuse University graduates, their family and friends.

For the past 16 years, Susan Germain has been an integral part of the commencement arrangements. As executive director of the Office of Special Events, Germain works with marshals, scholars and the guest with the biggest spotlight -- the commencement speaker.

May 16, 2010 - 3:46pm
Protesters don’t come to bear; accountability was the major theme of JPMorgan Chase CEO's address.

Jamie Dimon doesn’t mind being held accountable. In fact, he wants to be. For Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., it’s a crucial element of achieving success.

“It is completely appropriate to hold me accountable for those things I am responsible for,” Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., told students in his commencement address. “We all should be held accountable.