SUNY Canton Revises Commencement Plans, Combines May 15 Ceremonies


SUNY Canton will now be holding one student-only commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 15 in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Due to current New York State regulations on capacity, guests will not be allowed to attend in person. The ceremony will be live streamed for families to watch via the SUNY Canton website.

The college had previously scheduled three individual ceremonies coinciding with its three academic schools. An announcement was made to students on April 15 outlining the college’s revised plan to combine the three ceremonies into one.

“Commencement is a milestone that we look forward to celebrating with you from the first moment you turn down Cornell Drive,” said Amber L. Baines, the college’s special events coordinator. “The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to adjust our commencement logistics several times throughout this year in order to comply with state and other guidelines. Throughout this time, we remain committed to honoring your achievements.”

A separate ceremony for the class of 2020 is still planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, also in the Roos House. Again, the event is exclusively for graduates only but will be live streamed for others to watch. The college was forced to postpone its 2020 ceremony due to COVID-19.

Virtual ceremonies will also be held for both classes.

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.