Commencement Ceremony Information

Empire State University is pleased to announce that the Winter 2023 Commencement ceremony will be held in person in Albany, NY.

Questions? Visit Commencement FAQ.

Winter 2023 Commencement

Location and Directions

The Winter 2023 Commencement ceremony will take place on December 9, 2023, noon, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

The Empire State Plaza Convention Center is located in the Empire State Plaza, in downtown Albany.



Map of the Empire State Plaza Concourse

Commencement Day Timing

The ceremony will start promptly at noon, so students should plan to arrive no later than 10:30 a.m.

Students must check in at the registration table and receive a name card. Students will be directed to the line-up area for the processional. Directions for the processional will be given to students when they’re lining up.

The ceremony will last about 1-1.5 hours.


Students are limited to 10 guests per person. Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremony. We will monitor the number of guests the day of commencement.

Please check back for updates to this information, as it is subject to change.

More information about the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremonies will be announced soon.