Graduation and Alumni

Graduation Procedure

When you are enrolled in the last 16 credits of your concurred degree program, you must submit a graduation application. This will begin the review process of your records. The application can be submitted online at graduation application.

Submitting a graduation application begins the graduation review process to determine if you have satisfied all requirements for the degree. The review and clearance process takes approximately six to eight weeks. 

If your records are in order, the CDL assessment office forwards a recommendation for graduation, triggering the academic and financial clearance process. 

Academic Clearance: The Office of the Registrar reviews your academic records and confirms that courses taken match courses in your degree program and that all degree requirements are met. 

Financial Clearance: Student Accounts reviews your financial status and confirms that there is no balance due on your account. 

Once you are fully cleared:

  • You will receive a letter, by mail, from the Office of the Registrar, with an approximate timetable of the awarding of your degree.
  • Your official transcript will be prepared.

Finally, the Office of the President will recommend you to be officially graduated on the first day of the following month. Follow this link to access the application at

In order to be eligible to participate in the 2015 graduation ceremony students must have:

  • a concurred degree plan
  • completed course work or be enrolled in their final term in the May term prior to the ceremony date
  • completed the application to graduate.

2015 Empire State College Graduation Ceremonies

Center for Distance Learning students are invited to attend any Empire State College graduation ceremony across the college. Ceremonies take place across New York state in early June. Dates and locations will be posted here as soon as they become available.

View the 2014 CDL Graduation Ceremony online.

Alumni Student Association

Each year, Empire State College serves more than 20,000 students throughout New York state. More than half of Empire State College's locations have active alumni student associations. At each center and unit, the alumni student association plays a key role in planning major events, gathering for small socials, or for community lectures.