Commencement 2020 Updates

To the Class of 2020,

We were so pleased to hear from so many of you in response to the recent Commencement survey. Approximately sixty-one percent of undergraduates and fifty-one percent of graduate and school of continuing and professional studies (SCPS) students provided most valuable feedback.

Overwhelmingly, of the combined total of 618 participants, 510 expressed a preference to an in-person event in May 2021 or when deemed permissible by New York state guidelines. Of that number 478 were undergraduates and 140 were graduate and SCPS students.  In addition, if an in-person event is not possible, 234 of the 618 were in favor to move forward with a virtual Commencement ceremony.

In your feedback we were pleased to see that the possibility of coming to campus in May 2021 would not be an issue for most, as only 68 out of 681 responded that they may not be available to do so.

The preparation for an in-person or virtual Commencement in May 2021 would be adjusted to accommodate students and all information, tickets and cap and gown would be sent to you if you are unable to come to campus prior to the event. At the present time, it is too early to project the logistics of these details but please be assured that we are aware of your concerns and will find solutions to all event related issues.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented period. The office of the provost and marketing and communication will continue to stay connected through your class representatives, Kaylyn Atkins and Nadia Itani. We will provide periodic updates as we look forward to the planning of Commencement 2020.


Once again, best wishes,

Steve Schreiner

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs