SUNY Cortland President Shares Details on Commencement Walk

SUNY Cortland Commencement 2019. (Photo from Cortland Voice photo files).

SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum shared the following details on Commencement with students this week:

Dear students,

Although the pandemic impacted Commencement plans this year, I am happy to share that SUNY Cortland will hold an in-person ceremonial walk for all interested graduating students that will be livestreamed for your families.

Details of the event are still being finalized. I can, however, share the following information:

  • The walk will take place on Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13 in Lusk Field House. You will have to register for a specific time slot. More information on the sign-up process will be shared shortly.
  • COVID-19 safety measures such as face coverings and physical distancing will be enforced during the walk.
  • To participate, students must have completed their degree conferral application through the “student” tab on myRedDragon by 4 p.m. on April 21.
  • No guests will be allowed, but the walk will be streamed live for families and friends. Details will be provided soon.
  • A photographer will be available for students who want a Commencement photo. Information about photo packages will be forthcoming.
  • Students can purchase their cap and gown through the Campus Store. If graduating seniors choose not to purchase Commencement regalia, we ask they dress professionally.
  • This will be done in conjunction with the already announced virtual commencement, which will be celebrated May 12 to 15. Learn more about Class of 2021 virtual celebration events online.

I want to express my sincerest thanks to the students who worked with us make a safe in-person celebration possible. My pride in this very special graduating class continues to grow.


All the best,


Erik J. Bitterbaum