Empire State University Commencement Photos

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!


  1. To access your photo: Click on a location link below to view your photo.
  2. The link will take you to a thumbnail gallery of all the photos.
  3. All photos are in number order. Please scan through the photos to find your own. Sometimes the numbers don’t match with the handout you received. No worries.
  4. Click on your photo thumbnail to view full size.
  5. Complete the free print form and click Submit in the lower left. We will mail a free print up to 30 after your commencement.
  6. You can also purchase a digital copy and additional 4×6 prints using the PayPal dropdown menu below the Free Print Form.
  7. Only one free print per image will be mailed out with in 30 after your commencement date.

2023 Commencement Locations

  1. Rochester – May 10, 2023 – Green Gallery
  2. New York City Center – May 26, 2023 – Green Gallery
  3. New York City Center – May 26, 2023 – Red Gallery
  4. Albany – June 4, 2023 – Green Gallery
  5. Albany – June 4, 2023 – Orange Gallery

2022 Commencement Locations

  1. Winter Albany – Dec 17, 2022 – Orange Gallery
  2. Winter Albany – Dec 17, 2022 – Green Gallery
  3. Rochester – June 2 – Orange Gallery
  4. Rochester – June 2 – Green Gallery
  5. Albany – June 5 – Orange Gallery
  6. Albany – June 5 – Green Gallery
  7. Manhattan – June 10 – Orange Gallery
  8. Center for Labor Studies – June 10 – Green Gallery

How To Achieve the Perfect Commencement Pose for your photo.

1- Before Getting to the Backdrop.

Check to make sure that:

  1. Your medallion is facing forward
  2. Tassel isn’t hanging into your face
  3. If you have longer hair, move it to one side or the other, onto one shoulder
  4. Relax, take a deep breath. You did it. It’s your time to shine!

2- Posing at the Backdrop.

The red carpet trick: Shift your body position to about 30 degrees to the camera and have good posture. Achieve this position by placing one foot slightly in front of the other, angle your front foot toward the camera and shift your weight forward on your front leg.  Put your hands behind your back or slightly below your hips. Extend your face slightly forward somewhat tilted down. This helps open your eyes. Smile into the lens.

More details on SUNY Empire State College’s commencement page.

2021 Commencement Locations

Welcome to the Alumni Association! Stay in touch. www.esc.edu/alumni

Learn more about our commencement photographer.