Need to Know: Newhouse Convocation and Information for Graduates

Students in graduation regalia watch and listen to a convocation ceremony
Students at the 2023 Newhouse Convocation Ceremony watch the program. (Photo by Jeremy Brinn)

The Newhouse Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at the JMA Wireless Dome will celebrate the Class of 2024 and individually recognize degree candidates.  

Below are details and some key questions about this year’s event and Syracuse University Commencement Weekend. Please check the Newhouse School convocation page and links below regularly for more details and the most up-to-date information.

Weijia Jiang

Newhouse Convocation Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EST

Where: JMA Wireless Dome

Convocation speaker

We’re honored to have Weijia Jiang G’06, CBS News’ award-winning senior White House correspondent and a veteran Washington reporter, as our keynote speaker.

Newhouse Convocation Reception

When: Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m. EST

Where: Tents on the University Quad

Join us after the convocation ceremony for light refreshments in the tents on the Quad. Take pictures with family and friends, catch up one last time with faculty and staff and celebrate your big day!

Newhouse Convocation is part of Commencement Weekend at Syracuse University. The all-University Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, May 12, at the JMA Wireless Dome. Please visit the University Commencement Weekend page for the full schedule of events and ceremonies.

What’s the difference between a Convocation and Commencement?

Syracuse University schools and colleges host celebratory Convocations on the Friday or Saturday before Commencement to individually recognize degree candidates and to present special awards. Convocations are either preceded or followed by receptions, where students and families can mingle with deans and faculty.

Commencement is the all-university ceremony on Sunday, May 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and ending approximately at noon. Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud ceremoniously confers degrees at Commencement.


Information for Graduates and Guests

Students in academic regalia wave during a photo while sitting on bleachers
Graduates wave while sitting in the JMA Wireless Dome bleachers before the 2023 Newhouse Convocation Ceremony. (Photo by Karen Z. Velardi)

The following summarizes information found on the Newhouse convocation page. Please visit that page for the most up-to-date information.

File Diploma Request

Completing the “File Diploma Request” process on MySlice by March 1, 2024, activates the procedure for certification and awarding of a degree. For questions regarding the “File Diploma Request,” please call the Office of the Registrar at 315-443-2422 or email

Caps, Gowns and Regalia

All candidates who are eligible to participate in Commencement or Convocation must visit the Campus Store in  Schine Student Center to secure a cap, gown and tassel prior to Commencement Weekend.  Visit the Newhouse convocation page for details about when undergraduate degree candidates can pick up their cap, gowns and regalia.

Master’s and doctoral caps and gowns are available now. Visit the Campus Store in the Schine Student Center to secure a master’s or doctoral cap and gown in-store or visit the Campus Store Website to order online. 


Newhouse School students graduating with honors will receive a maroon cord to wear with their regalia at the 2024 Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Visit the Newhouse convocation page for more information about cords.