Graduation Checklist

  • File your Application for Degree

    The Application for Degree is a required form that notifies the University of a student's intent to fulfill his/her degree requirements at the end of the current semester. THIS INFORMATION ONLY PERTAINS TO SPRING 2017.

    Undergraduate Application for Degree (AFD):
    If you have not declared your candidacy, go to BU BRAIN to complete this. If you have any questions, e-mail

    The undergraduate AFD is on BU BRAIN, under the student tab. Deadline: March 10, 2017.

    Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD):
    The Spring 2016 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) is available online. Deadline: March 10, 207.
    Spring 2016 GAFDs must be submitted no later than March 10, 2017, to guarantee inclusion in the Spring 2016 Commencement program.

  • Submit your Intent to Participate Form

    Deadline for submission: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    The Intent to Participate Form is your RSVP to participate in the Commencement ceremony. By filling out this form you are telling us you will be at the ceremony. This is different than the Application for Degree you submit through BU Brain.

    If you would like to participate in Spring 2017 Commencement, you must complete the Intent to Participate Form. Students with a double major from two different schools may choose which school to walk with.

    Successful submission of the online Intent to Participate Form:

    • Makes you eligible to purchase a cap and gown
    • Adds you to the online ticket system
    • Reserves you a seat at the ceremony

    Participating in Commencement activities is optional and does not guarantee graduation. To be considered a Binghamton University graduate, you must complete the Application for Degree and satisfy all your degree requirements.

  • Order your Cap and Gown

    All students must wear a cap and gown to participate in Commencement. To order your cap and gown, go to Cap and Gown Details.

  • Claim your Tickets

    Commencement tickets may be claimed at this link (coming soon) starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 4 until Sunday, May 14, 2017. Commencement tickets must be claimed through the Events Center website.

    Only students who have registered for Commencement (using the Intent to Participate Form) are permitted to claim tickets during this first week. If you are not able to claim tickets, e-mail or call 607-777-2140.

    After registering for Commencement, please allow one (1) business day for processing.

    Additional tickets are available while supplies last beginning May 15, 2017.

    Only students who have registered for Commencement are permitted to claim additional tickets during this time on a first come, first-served basis. For more information see below.

    Please note: all students who register for Commencement will receive tickets. Amounts to be announced in April.

  • Optional: File your Petition to Walk

    The Petition to Walk Form is only for undergraduate students who will not fulfill their degree requirements in the Spring 2017 semester, but wish to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony.

    To qualify, you must complete your remaining credits within the upcoming academic year. For more questions contact your academic advisor.

    Exceptions may be made in the following circumstances:

    • Military or family necessity
    • International student returning to home country
    • Extraordinary personal circumstances

    The deadline to file the Petition to Walk Form is TBD. Anything filed after this date does not guarantee inclusion in the program.

  • Optional: Claim Extra Tickets

    Students may be able to claim extra tickets beginning May 15 and through May 19, on a first come, first-served basis while supplies last.

    Note: extra ticket allotment is determined by ceremony size and is not guaranteed.

    If family/friends cannot make a ceremony, be sure to have them tune in live on the Binghamton University YouTube Channel.


Last Updated: 10/27/16