All students participating in commencement are required to wear a cap, gown, and hood. SUNY optometry regalia consists of a black doctoral gown, OD hood and tam cap with tassel. Cap and gowns are placed as a group order through the Office of Student Affairs and will be distributed following the Capstone program.
All students marching at commencement must complete a commencement form to order regalia, diplomas, and update address information.
2023 Commencement Form
The commencement form must be submitted to Sarah Didier in Student Affairs is February 17th 2023.
HOODING ON STAGE
Students are individually hooded on stage at commencement by the Academic Dean and a Faculty member.
You may request to be hooded on stage during commencement by a parent, spouse or sibling who is an O.D. licensed to practice in the U.S. You must submit the hooding form below if you meet the requirements.
The biography you provide about your hooder, will be read by Dr. Gui Albieri while you cross the stage to be hooded.
You will receive more instructions to share with your hooder once the Office of Student Affairs reviews your request.
HOODING ON STAGE-RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE
Students with religious observance can request to be hooded by a faculty member of the same gender. Students with this request must also complete the commencement hooding form below.
2023 Commencement Hooding Form
Hooding form must be submitted to Sarah Didier in The Office of Student Affairs by April 21,2023.
AWARD CEREMONY FORM (IF APPLICABLE)
To make the awards more honorable and special, we’d like to provide award recipients the opportunity to nominate a doctor to present your award(s) to you at the ceremony. The nomination form will become available in late March early April; and all recipients will be contacted by the Office of Student Affairs once it is available.
The deadline to submit the award ceremony form is April 21,2023.
Diplomas will be given to you during commencement exercise; please tell us if you cannot attend the ceremony. Diploma orders are placed by the Office of the Registrar. Note: If you have any outstanding grades or debts, we cannot certify you for licensure nor will you receive your diploma at graduation (a blank paper will be placed inside the folio instead of the actual diploma).
The name appearing on the diploma comes from the information provided by you, on the commencement form. The last name must match what is currently on student record. Name change requests for diploma printing are reviewed and approved by the College Registrar. Official Proof will be required for last names not on student record. Name change requests must be submitted before March 1st.
Chosen/Preferred Names: Before opting to print your Chosen Name on your Diploma, please note that professional licensing rules may require use of a legal first name in the licensing process. Therefore, use of a Chosen Name on a diploma may delay or complicate a certification or licensure process. In addition, some countries may require a diploma with a person’s legal name for various legal, immigration, or employment purposes.
Ordering duplicate diplomas: There will be an added cost for requesting duplicate diplomas. Please email email@example.com and provide your name (must match name used when you attended SUNY Optometry), graduation year and date of birth. Once your record is matched, we will send a link to order your diploma. The order process is normally two-three weeks. Rushed orders will include an added shipping and handling fee.
CERTIFIED ELECTRONIC DIPLOMAS
The day after the commencement ceremony, you will receive a free Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) sent to your personal email (not sunyopt.edu).
A CeDiploma is an official, secure, verifiable PDF version of your paper diploma that offers proof of education and is shareable with others, including credentialing agencies. It includes a unique 12-digit Certified Electronic Document Identifier (CeDiD) that allows for instant proof of your education.
To access CeDiploma you will need to create an account via our diploma printing company. The email will provide specific instructions on how to create an account and obtain your electronic diploma.
For further questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 212-938-5509
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
Please complete this form if you and your guests have a dietary restriction, and plan to attend the breakfast on the 3rd floor Student Center the morning of graduation.
Dietary Restriction form
Form must be submitted to Sarah Didier in Student Affairs by May 5th, 2023