Syracuse UniversityParents Office


Commencement: May 12-13, 2018

Senior Student To-Do List

  • Schedule a graduation check with the Academic Advising Office in their respective school to make sure all course requirements for their degree are met.
  • Meet with Career Services for help with resume, job search, and future career plans.
  • Submit a diploma request via MySlice. Follow these instructions from the Office of the Registrar.
  • Take senior photos (see details below)
  • Pick-up cap and gown. Candidates participating in Commencement must wear academic regalia. The Syracuse University Bookstore coordinates sizing and distribution in May 2018.
  • Review full details about Commencement 2018 will be posted on the Commencement website about March 1, 2018. 

SU Yearbook Photos 2018


Seniors who wish to have a free portrait taken for the SU Yearbook can schedule an appointment online.  All those seniors who sit for a photograph will appear in the SU Yearbook even if they do not order a portrait package.  All photos will be taken in the Schine Student Center Room 126
The link to schedule:
Use school code 87122

To purchase the SU yearbook

Order on or before January 31st and save $25 off the price of the book!

We sold out of the 2017 SU Yearbooks so place your order early!

Commencement 2018

Commencement Website

The commencement website is a planning guide for your student's graduation.  The website currently covers FAQ's, expect more information starting on or about March 1, 2018. 


Sheraton Hotel Lottery

Due to the high demand for hotel rooms the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel conducts a lottery 18 months prior to commencement.  The lottery for the May 2018 commencement is now closed.

Other Area Hotels

Please check Visit Syracuse website at for other hotel and lodging options.  

On Campus Lodging

A limited number of residence hall rooms will be available for lodging during commencement weekend.  Reservations can be made through the Commencement website starting on or about March 1, 2018.

Attention Parents of Juniors

Commencment 2019 Sheraton Hotel Lottery

The Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel conducts a lottery for hotel rooms for commencement weekend. Commencment 2019 is May 11-12.
Parents should enter the lottery during your student’s junior year
The lottery is open:
Monday, December 4, 2017 through Friday, January 26, 2018
To enter contact:
The Sheraton University Hotel
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Phone - 1-800-395-2105
Only lottery winners will be contacted in February 2018 
*Please note:
Only one lottery entry per student
Commencement lottery is for main campus only and does not apply to the College of Law.