SUNY Canton Sets Commencement Plans for Classes of 2020, 2021


After an entire year of uncertainty, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced that SUNY Canton will be holding a series of graduate-only in-person commencement ceremonies celebrating the classes of 2020 and 2021.

COVID-19 case numbers on campus determined by weekly testing and the prevalence of vaccinations have encouraged cautious optimism.

Grad medallion and SUNY Canton Alumni pin

“We believe it will be safe to hold smaller in-person gatherings in May to recognize our students’ accomplishments,” Szafran said. “We will make the necessary arrangements to protect people’s safety by limiting the size of the event and enforcing social distancing. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to host guests. We encourage family, friends and alumni to watch the live streams on social media.”

The first ceremony will be held to celebrate the class of 2020 at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center. 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.

Graduates of the class of 2021 will be invited to participate by their academic schools at designated times Saturday, May 15, in the Roos House:

  • The Canino School of Engineering Technology ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. 
  • The School of Business and Liberal Arts ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. 
  • The School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. 

All in-person event planning and safety protocols are subject to change based on updated federal, state and local public health guidelines. All students and faculty attending these ceremonies will be expected to show vaccination records or negative COVID test results before attending the event.

Additionally, the college is planning virtual ceremonies for both graduating classes. Times, dates and details will be available in the future.


About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.