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. 

January and summer grads, if you have not received your diplomas, please reach out to the Registrar's Office directly at  May and August grads, degrees will be ordered when all degree requirements have been completed.  You will be emailed in early June and pick-up/mailing will be available at the end of the month.  

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

All students who plan on participating in Commencement exercises must be up to date with Covid vaccination and booster or have an approved medical or religious exemption from the College.  Those students who have not provided the College with their vaccination information through the portal will be required to provide a negative covid test to walk.  Proof of negative test must be uploaded into the portal by 12 noon before your ceremony.  Please check your email for the link.  

Vaccination of all outside guests are strongly encouraged, but not required.   In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the chapel and guests will be required to wear a mask.  Masks will be available at the door.  

Testing information for graduates:

A negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours taken prior to the ceremony

OR a negative rapid test was taken within 24 hours prior to the ceremony

Please note, if you had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, DO NOT get a PCR test, as that can stay positive for up to 90 days. Please submit a negative RAPID antigen test. At-home/over-the-counter tests are acceptable. An at-home test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival to campus.

Students taking an at-home test must take a photo with all of the following information in the same frame: the test kit showing the result, a government-issued photo ID or Manhattanville ID, and an indicator of the date test was administered. The date the test was administered can be indicated by using a digital timestamp on the photo and by writing your name and the date and time the test was administered on the test kit or a piece of paper and including it in the photo. If you submit an at-home test you are certifying that you took the test yourself and that the result you provide to SHAC is the result you obtained within 24 hours of the graduation ceremony.

Please note there will be no on-site testing available during check-in for students.  You were asked to submit your proper vaccine and booster info or upload your negative test.  It must be in by 12 noon before the ceremony to walk.  

MAY 12th & 14th 2022

Thursday, May 12 2022 | 6 p.m.
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Speaker for Graduate and Doctoral Commencement is Congressman Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. '19

RSVP form for Masters & Doctoral Students walking


Saturday, May 14 2022 | 10 a.m. 
Undergraduate Commencement 

Speaker for Undergraduate Commencement is Toni Smith-Thompson '03.  

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Report Times - Please be punctual!

May 12
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 14
10 am | Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
8:30 am - Family check-in on quad (first come, first served seating)
8:30 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.  Severe weather tickets can be picked up at the bookstore starting April 25th.  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 click here 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 Manhattanville Bookstore located in Benziger Hall during normal business hours. In order to participate in Commencement, you must wear the proper academic regalia. For further details please contact the Manhattanville Bookstore by phone (914.323.5323) or by email: Bookstore Hours: Mon, Wed & Thurs 10:00am-5:00pm Tues 10:00am-6:00pm Fri 11:00am-4:00pm Sat 11:00am-3:00pm *Check back for extended May hours. If you need your attire shipped, please use the Herff Jones website.

Move Out Information

Moving Out of Residence Halls

Residential graduating students are required to move out by 12 noon on Sunday, May 15th.  Please contact Residence Life for more details.