SU’s 2020 commencement to be held in the quad

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Due to ongoing construction of the Carrier Dome, the site of the May 2020 commencement for Syracuse University has been changed.

This will be the first time that the graduation ceremony for Syracuse University will not be held in the Carrier Dome since 1980.

The new location for the ceremony will be the Shaw Quadrangle, referred to commonly as “The Quad.”

Below is a letter sent out to the entire University community Thursday morning.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The academic year may have just begun but, already, intense planning is underway for May 2020’s Commencement and other related activities.

As part of the Campus Framework shared with our community in 2016, the Dome is currently undergoing extensive renovations. The facility will close on March 1, 2020, allowing the most complex construction—specifically the roof replacement—to occur during milder weather, ultimately enabling the facility to reopen in fall 2020.

For our students graduating in 2020 and their families, this means they will experience a different kind of Commencement, a milestone one-of-a-kind ceremony, which will be held on the Shaw Quadrangle. On any fall or spring day, the Quad is abuzz with energy and activity. For decades, it has served as the heartbeat of our community. And on May 10, 2020, the energy will be more palpable than ever.

In the coming weeks, we will communicate with graduates and their families about schedules for events, the weather contingency plan and activities that will make Commencement 2020 special and filled with the important traditions that we all value. We are also working on creating an opportunity for the graduates to bid an appropriate farewell to the Dome—before it closes its doors for the last time this year.

Important updates will be posted on, the University’s official site for all things Commencement-related, beginning in October.


Michele G. Wheatly, Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dolan Evanovich, Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience

The Storm Team says the average high temperature in Syracuse on May 10th is 69 degrees. It has also rained on May 10th half of the time in the past 30 years and the last time it snowed on May 10th was in 1966.

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