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August and December Graduates – Frequently Asked Questions

We are thrilled to welcome you back for Commencement 2015. It will be a memorable and wonderful day for us all!

How many tickets will each graduate receive?

Each graduate will receive seven tickets to the stadium. In inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Houston Field House. Three of the seven tickets will allow guests into the Field House. The remaining four tickets may be used at closed-circuit television viewing locations.

I graduated in August or December and no longer live in the area. How will I receive my tickets?

Please fill out the ticket request form by April 17.  Please keep your tickets in a safe place until Commencement day! Any tickets that are lost or destroyed will not be replaced. Tickets will be mailed in early May.

I graduated in August or December, but I am still a student at RPI (and/or) I still live in the vicinity of Troy (and/or) I know someone on campus who can pick tickets up for me. Is it ok if I (or my designee) pick up my tickets at Status Check?

No, it is imperative that you request your tickets though the Registrar’s office. Please use the online Ticket Request Form. Tickets will be mailed in early May.

I understand that diplomas are distributed on stage. I already received my diploma and it is hanging on my wall. Should I bring it with me?

No, you won’t need to do that. Diplomas are distributed on stage to the May degree recipients. However, they are placed in an attractive diploma cover. Since you already have yours, you will receive a certificate on stage.

I graduated in August or December, but for some reason, I did not receive a diploma yet. Will I get mine at commencement?

If you haven’t received your diploma yet, please e-mail or call Peggy Conroy-Martin. She will find out why you haven’t received yours and will let you know what can be done to get the situation corrected. For Commencement, you will get a certificate in your diploma case.

I won’t be here for rehearsal, what should I do?

If you cannot attend rehearsal, please refer to this website a few days in advance of graduation and review the maps that detail the lineup procedure. It is also recommended that you arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. on Commencement morning for further instructions.

I am not living in this area, can I order my cap and gown by phone or online?

The Rensselaer Union Bookstore coordinates the rental and sale of caps, gowns, and hoods for the ceremony. Regalia can be ordered from the Bookstore beginning in March. The bookstore can be contacted at (518) 276-6555.

Who should I contact with questions regarding the ceremony and ticket distribution?

Your contact person will be Peggy Conroy-Martin. Peggy can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 518-276-6621.

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