The commencement ceremony includes:

The academic procession, invocation, the national anthem, greeting from the president, student greetings (UG), presentation of candidates for honorary degrees, honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, (graduate/doctoral ceremony has the addition of presenting doctoral candidates and hooding), presentation of college honors, presentation of candidates for degrees, conferring of degrees, alma mater, and the recessional. 

If you have questions regarding Commencement please review the FAQ page. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email

COVID Safety Protocols for Graduates

Update as of 3/14/23, the College is no longer requiring vaccinations and boosters for participating graduates or proof of negative tests.  



MAY 11th & 13th 2023

Thursday, May 11 2023 | 6 p.m.  
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement RSVP Form for grads


Saturday, May 13 2023 | 10 a.m. 
Undergraduate Commencement RSVP form for UG grads



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Report Times - Please be punctual!

May 11
6 pm | Doctoral & Graduate Commencement Ceremony
5:00 pm - Family check-in on quad (first come, first served seating)
5:00 pm - Student Check-in (East Room, above cafeteria)

5:50pm- procession begins

May 13
10 am | Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
8:45 am - Family check-in on quad (first come, first served seating)
8:45 am - Student Check-in (East Room, above cafeteria)

9:50am- procession begins



Please note:

  • Commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors on the quad, rain or shine.  
  • In case of severe weather, ceremonies will be held in the Chapel and seating will be limited to 2 guests.  Screening locations will be set up around campus for any other attendees.  
  • Signs will be posted for restroom locations.  The College will notify the graduates via email and add a banner to the web if the ceremony is being moved indoors with limited guests.  

Commencement Handbook

Our Commencement Handbook should answer any questions and outline protocols for a safe event.  We recommend you download it and review it before coming to campus. 

Formal Portraits at the Castle

Appointments for formal cap and gown portraits are available through Island Photography.  There is a $10 session fee.  Please come in business attire. Cap and Gown provided.  Get headshots for LinkedIn and other professional sites.  Contact


The Graduate & Doctoral Commencement, and the Undergraduate Commencement will be held on the Quad — rain or shine.

Hotel Accommodations

Find special rates at local hotels for families visiting campus.


In the middle of May, the weather is usually mild. Depending on the forecast, guests may want to bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and comfortable shoes. Both ceremonies will be held outside on our Quad lawn, rain or shine. Please review the Severe Weather Plan.

Live Stream

All of our Commencement ceremonies are live streamed. Closed captioning is available on all of our Commencement live streams. Links to the live streams are available on our homepage at Ticketed guests at the ceremonies can access Manhattanville’s free WiFi – “Mville Wireless.” Each of our ceremonies are recorded and available to view after Commencement as well.

Accessible Information

For individuals requiring accessible parking and/or seating, please use this form for more information.

Directions to Campus

We are located close to exits off of 684, 287, and the Merritt/Hutchinson River Parkway

Enviromental Concerns

Due to potential environmental concerns regarding both Mylar and Latex balloons, Manhattanville College has chosen not to sell balloons on campus for this year’s commencement activities. Mylar balloons, made from a non-biodegradable resin called polyethylene terephthalate, is a metallic foil that conducts electricity and can cause outages when tangled in power lines. Though latex balloons are biodegradable, it can take anywhere from six months to four years to completely break down, and can cause unnecessary harm to local wildlife.

Academic Attire

Academic regalia is available for purchase at the Village Store located in Benziger Hall during normal business hours. In order to participate in Commencement, you must wear the proper academic regalia.

Move Out Information

Moving Out of Residence Halls

 Graduates must be out by Sunday, May 14 by 12 noon.  Please contact Residence Life for more details.