Schedule of Events

Commencement and related events are in downtown Albany, New York, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, and the Albany Capital Center. They are in short walking distance of each other with access via an enclosed walkway. The recommended parking lot is the Visitors Lot at the Empire State Plaza. Their websites have complete information including directions and parking:

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Noon – 4:00 pm
Albany Capital Center

Welcome Table Hosted by the Excelsior College Alumni Association

4:15 – 5:15 pm
Albany Capital Center

Welcome Reception and Alumni Association Annual Meeting

Mix and mingle with academic advisors and fellow alumni. Learn how to take advantage of Excelsior’s career resources and your next degree opportunities.

Light refreshments provided.

5:30 pm
Albany Capital Center

Awards Convocation
All are welcome to attend this inspiring convocation honoring recipients of faculty, alumni, and graduate awards including the Student Support Award.

Friday, July 12, 2019

10:00 am – Noon
Albany Capital Center

Welcome Table Hosted by the Excelsior College Alumni Association

12:30 pm
Albany Capital Center

Hooding Ceremony—Check-in for Master’s Graduates
In recognition of graduate degree achievement, master’s graduates participate in a hooding ceremony hosted by the College Provost prior to Commencement. The hood is part of academic regalia; its color reflects the field of study and denotes scholarly achievement. Guests welcome.

  • As a master’s graduate, your registration includes the hooding ceremony.
  • Ceremony begins promptly at 1:00 pm.
  • Note: Master’s graduates arriving after 1:00 pm should check in at Commencement ceremony check-in below.

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Commencement Ceremony—Check-in

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Souvenir Photo Booth & Memorabilia
After checking in and following the Commencement ceremony, stop by our photo booth for a complimentary photo of you in your cap and gown – include your guests too!

Also, Excelsior-branded apparel and accessories will be on display at Commencement and staff will be available to assist with orders.

2:30 – 2:45 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

All Graduates Robed to Assemble for Procession

3:00 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Hall

Commencement Ceremony
Celebrate your achievements by walking across the stage at the 48th Annual Commencement of Excelsior College. Highlights include remarks by a fellow graduate.

Registration required.

5:00 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Reception for Graduates, Guests, and College Community
Graduates and guests can mingle with College faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and the Alumni Leadership Council in the area outside the Convention Hall.

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Souvenir Photo Booth & Memorabilia
Following the Commencement ceremony, stop by our photo booth for a complimentary photo of you in your cap and gown – include your guests too!

Also, Excelsior-branded apparel and accessories will be on display at Commencement and staff will be available to assist with orders.