Commencement 2021 FAQs
Yes. You can find the complete schedule on the main Commencement page.
We are anticipating the ceremony to last approximately 2 ½ hours and unfortunately, due to the state restrictions, we are not allowed to have any reception gatherings after Commencement.
Each graduate is able to invite two guests. The guest registration form was emailed to graduates on April 20. Students should check their email for the individualized link for registration.
We recognize that this is disappointing, but we are at our capacity limits with two guests per graduate. As much as we would like to accommodate additional guests, we must adhere to the health and safety requirements issued by the Commonwealth.
Yes, it will. You can find the video feed, which will go live before the start of the ceremony, on our Commencement page.
Parking will be available for all guests. Campus police officers and parking attendants will be positioned to direct you to the best available parking.
Handicap parking will be available. Please have your disability plate or placard visible in your car.
The gates to the stadium will open at 8 a.m. and seating selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ushers will be available to direct guests to available seating in the bleachers or on the field.
Yes, the College will be using a professional photographer who has covered many past commencements. GradImages has mailed information about their services to students’ home addresses. You may visit their website at gradimages.com.
The event will move forward as planned unless lightning makes it unsafe to do so. If that is the case, due to health and safety guidelines the indoor ceremony will only be able to accommodate students and we will ask guests to return to their vehicles.
We understand that with any celebratory event, the impulse is to greet others with hugs and handshakes. At the same time, we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and will ask that all in attendance follow physical distancing measures to help keep everyone healthy and safe.
At this year’s ceremony, the College is honoring alumna Judith A. Salerno, MD, who will serve as this year’s Commencement speaker. A member of the Class of 1973, Dr. Salerno answered the call for retired physicians to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and served on the frontlines at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Salerno will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, acknowledging her own efforts, as well as those first responders who selflessly work to provide care and hope for those impacted by COVID-19.
We’d appreciate it if all the residence halls were vacated by 4 p.m. that day.
Diplomas will be mailed to your home address once your final grades are confirmed. Please make sure your current mailing address is on file.
Cap and Gowns are available now at the bookstore in Boland Hall.