The Doctoral Commencement Ceremony will be held on April 30th, 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations doctoral students! You are approaching the end of a great and important journey and milestone in your academic life. Please join us in celebrating your achievements at the upcoming ceremony.

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Graduates' Preparation for Commencement Day

All graduates should arrive wearing cap and gown to Stroud Hall where staff members from the Student Enrollment Center will assist in lining up for the ceremony. ALL graduates must be in full academic attire to participate.

Graduates should not bring any personal possessions (purses, cameras, etc.) into Abeloff. Such items should be given to your guests for safekeeping, as there is no secure area to keep your valuables. ESU is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. We also ask that all cell phones are turned off during the ceremony unless there is an emergency.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the facilities. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on ESU’s campus. Beach balls and air horns are not permitted in Abeloff and their use is prohibited during the ceremony.

  • Cap and Gown

    Each participant must be dressed in academic attire including gown and a matching cap.

    Academic attire for undergraduate students must be purchased through the University Bookstore. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head, with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. The tassel should hang on the right side of the cap. The robe should be pressed.

    If you are unable to come to the campus in person, you may have your academic attire shipped to you for a fee. The attire will be yours to keep.

    Contact the University Bookstore for more information at (570) 422-2665 or contact the store by e-mail at sm8074@bncollege.com

    There will be no extra attire available at the ceremony.

    Cap and gown will be shipped directly to your home within 3 weeks.

    To ensure delivery by April 30, 2021 orders must be placed by April 10, 2021.

    If you are local, you may also stop into the University Store to purchase a cap and gown during business hours. However, for online orders, customers must use the website for Oak Hall.

    • Bachelor Package: $47.00 + tax (Cap/Gown/Tassel).
    • Master Package: $86.00 + tax (Cap/Gown/Hood/Tassel).
    • Doctoral Package: Please visit the online website above for pricing.
  • Diplomas

    Graduates will receive a diploma cover (or scroll for the class of 2020) at the Commencement ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates after degrees are conferred, approximately six to eight weeks after grades are posted.

    Please note that students must have all financial obligations to ESU satisfied before their diplomas are mailed.

ESU Welcomes Guests to Commencement

Anyone attending the commencement ceremonies in Abeloff Center for Performing Arts must have a ticket. Additional family members and friends may view the ceremony via live streamed from the commencement page. Masks and Social Distancing is required on campus and throughout the event. Re-entry to the ceremony is not allowed.

  • Tickets

    Tickets will be mailed to the graduates permanent home address currently on file. Please report address change for ticket mailing to graduation@esu.edu.

    Please note that infants and children will also need a ticket to attend the ceremony. No additional tickets are available. Re-entry to the ceremony is not allowed.

  • Photographs

    Guests are to remain seated throughout the entire ceremony and are not to stand on their seats to take pictures during the ceremony. This is expected of graduates, as well. There will be ample opportunities for picture-taking, presenting flowers, and other activities immediately following the ceremony.

    Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diploma covers (or scrolls for Class of 2020).

    Each graduate will receive an email from GRADIMAGES with a photo proof within five days of graduation, along with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages. There is no obligation to purchase photos.

Conclusion of Commencement Exercises

At the end of the ceremony please arrange to have your guests meet you either outside or at another location on campus so that all graduates can leave the center in a timely and orderly manner.

Graduates will exit through the front entrance/exit side of the center. It is suggested that graduates plan in advance where to meet family and friends outside the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts once the ceremony has ended.

Important Information about CDC Guidelines and COVID19

The safety, health, and well-being of students, staff, and their families is our top priority. ESU continues to follow the CDC guidelines for public and private universities when planning the 2021 commencement ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All individuals in attendance must wear a face covering. We also ask everyone attending the ceremony to stay at least 6 feet away from all other people who are not part of your household, including while seated. Students will be seated at least 6 feet apart from one another and be spaced by 6 feet while queuing to enter, cross the stage, or exit. Stay home if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Graduates' Preparation for Commencement Day

All graduates should arrive wearing cap and gown to Stroud Hall where staff members from the Student Enrollment Center will assist in lining up for the ceremony. ALL graduates must be in full academic attire to participate.

Graduates should not bring any personal possessions (purses, cameras, etc.) into Abeloff. Such items should be given to your guests for safekeeping, as there is no secure area to keep your valuables. ESU is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. We also ask that all cell phones are turned off during the ceremony unless there is an emergency.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the facilities. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on ESU’s campus. Beach balls and air horns are not permitted in Abeloff and their use is prohibited during the ceremony.

  • Cap and Gown

    Each participant must be dressed in academic attire including gown and a matching cap.

    Academic attire for undergraduate students must be purchased through the University Bookstore. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head, with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. The tassel should hang on the right side of the cap. The robe should be pressed.

    If you are unable to come to the campus in person, you may have your academic attire shipped to you for a fee. The attire will be yours to keep.

    Contact the University Bookstore for more information at (570) 422-2665 or contact the store by e-mail at sm8074@bncollege.com

    There will be no extra attire available at the ceremony.

    Cap and gown will be shipped directly to your home within 3 weeks.

    To ensure delivery by April 30, 2021 orders must be placed by April 10, 2021.

    If you are local, you may also stop into the University Store to purchase a cap and gown during business hours. However, for online orders, customers must use the website for Oak Hall.

    • Bachelor Package: $47.00 + tax (Cap/Gown/Tassel).
    • Master Package: $86.00 + tax (Cap/Gown/Hood/Tassel).
    • Doctoral Package: Please visit the online website above for pricing.
  • Diplomas

    Graduates will receive a diploma cover (or scroll for the class of 2020) at the Commencement ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates after degrees are conferred, approximately six to eight weeks after grades are posted.

    Please note that students must have all financial obligations to ESU satisfied before their diplomas are mailed.

ESU Welcomes Guests to Commencement

Anyone attending the commencement ceremonies in Abeloff Center for Performing Arts must have a ticket. Additional family members and friends may view the ceremony via live streamed from the commencement page. Masks and Social Distancing is required on campus and throughout the event. Re-entry to the ceremony is not allowed.

  • Tickets

    Tickets will be mailed to the graduates permanent home address currently on file. Please report address change for ticket mailing to graduation@esu.edu.

    Please note that infants and children will also need a ticket to attend the ceremony. No additional tickets are available. Re-entry to the ceremony is not allowed.

  • Photographs

    Guests are to remain seated throughout the entire ceremony and are not to stand on their seats to take pictures during the ceremony. This is expected of graduates, as well. There will be ample opportunities for picture-taking, presenting flowers, and other activities immediately following the ceremony.

    Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diploma covers (or scrolls for Class of 2020).

    Each graduate will receive an email from GRADIMAGES with a photo proof within five days of graduation, along with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages. There is no obligation to purchase photos.

Conclusion of Commencement Exercises

At the end of the ceremony please arrange to have your guests meet you either outside or at another location on campus so that all graduates can leave the center in a timely and orderly manner.

Graduates will exit through the front entrance/exit side of the center. It is suggested that graduates plan in advance where to meet family and friends outside the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts once the ceremony has ended.

Important Information about CDC Guidelines and COVID19

The safety, health, and well-being of students, staff, and their families is our top priority. ESU continues to follow the CDC guidelines for public and private universities when planning the 2021 commencement ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All individuals in attendance must wear a face covering. We also ask everyone attending the ceremony to stay at least 6 feet away from all other people who are not part of your household, including while seated. Students will be seated at least 6 feet apart from one another and be spaced by 6 feet while queuing to enter, cross the stage, or exit. Stay home if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Contact Us

Any questions concerning commencement and graduation can be directed to graduation@esu.edu or (570) 422-2815.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall
Phone:
(570) 422-2861
Fax:
(570) 422-2849 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Assistant Registrar/Graduation Services, Student Enrollment Center
Name
Milagros Casillas