Congratulations to the class of 2020 and 2021 you have endured so much during this pandemic but you have come through it successfully. 
Thank you for your patience.  As you can imagine, government mandates and best practices made it difficult to plan these events.

The commencement ceremony includes:

the academic procession, invocation, the national anthem, greeting from the president, student greeting, 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. Degrees will be conferred en masse.

Diplomas pick-up information to follow. If you are not attending commencement ceremonies, please visit the Registrar's Offices Diploma Webpage for diploma pickup instructions. If you have questions regarding Commencement please review the F.A.Q page. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email

Safety Protocols

The guidance announced by New York State Governor Cuomo now allows for larger events but with limitations and very clear and strict safety protocols.

All graduates and guests in attendance will need to show:

  • Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the event OR
  • Proof of vaccination. It is important to note that you must be fully vaccinated, which means the day of your event must be at least 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine AND
  • Have their temperature taken and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test or vaccination. You can display your test results or proof of vaccination on your smartphone or present a physical copy. In addition, The New York State Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results and will also be accepted as documentation. You don’t have to be a New York resident to use Excelsior Pass – anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test result in the state of New York is eligible. For more information on Excelsior Pass, visit: To help us ensure a fast and efficient entry, we ask that guests using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app download the app in advance and log in prior to your visit so you have access to your documentation before arriving at the venue.

You will not be allowed to participate and/or attend the ceremony if you do not provide proper documentation as detailed above. In addition, all attendees must wear a face covering/mask at all times and maintain 6-feet of social distancing.  If attendees do not follow College policies and procedures that are in place for these events, then they will be asked to leave the campus.

MAY 20 & 21

Thursday, May 20 | 6 p.m.
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Friday, May 21 | 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement – 10 a.m.
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement – 6 p.m.

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MAY 22 & 23

Saturday, May 22 | 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 23 | 10 a.m.* and 4 p.m.*
Undergraduate Commencement
*Sunday ceremonies only added as needed.

Report Times - Please be punctual!

May 20
6 pm | Doctoral & Graduate Commencement Ceremony
4:30 pm - Family check-in/COVID screenings-Spellman Lot
4:30 pm - Student Check-in/COVID-19 Screening- Mini Quad
(btw Spellman Hall and Founders Hall)

May 21
10 am | Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
8:30 am - Family check-in/COVID screenings-Spellman Lot
8:30 am - Student Check-in/COVID-19 Screening- Mini Quad
(btw Spellman Hall and Founders Hall) 

6 pm | Doctoral & Graduate Commencement Ceremony
4:30 pm - Family check-in/COVID screenings-Spellman Lot
4:30 pm - Student Check-in/COVID-19 Screening- Mini Quad
(btw Spellman Hall and Founders Hall) 

May 22
10 am | Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
8:30 am - Family check-in/COVID screenings-Spellman Lot
8:30 am - Student Check-in/COVID-19 Screening- Mini Quad
(btw Spellman Hall and Founders Hall) 

4 pm | Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
2:30 pm - Family check-in/COVID screenings-Spellman Lot
2:30 pm - Student Check-in/COVID-19 Screening- Mini Quad
(btw Spellman Hall and Founders Hall)

Please note:

  • All attendees will need to have been tested no more than 72 hours prior to the ceremony or have proof of vaccination (post 14-day waiting period).
  • Commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine, and limited to 150 graduating students and two guests per student.
  • In case of severe weather, ceremonies will be held in the Chapel and limited to the 150 graduating students only, no guests, no exceptions. The decision will be made the day before based on best available weather reports and once made, will not be changed. Information will be posted online and emailed to graduating students should there be a change.
  • In all cases, safety protocols will apply including masks and socially distanced seating. Only those graduating will be allowed to remove their mask for a photo prior to crossing the stage.
  • You will be able to arrive no more than 1 ½ hours prior to the start of your designated ceremony to check-in; you will be allowed to remain on campus ½ hour after your designated ceremony to take pictures. You must leave when asked by any college official as we must clear, clean and disinfect between ceremonies
  • Seating for guests will be behind those graduating and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating will be in pods of 2; socially distanced from other guests.
  • Due to COVID protocols, guests must remain in their seats and are not able to move around the ceremony space to get a photo or better view.
  • Signs will be posted for restroom locations.

RSVP for Ceremony

Students will be required to RSVP and once committed to a particular Commencement ceremony will not be able to switch dates. This is absolutely necessary to stay within the allowable New York State guidelines and to avoid creating logistical problems with the complicated set-up. At the time of RSVP, students will be able to reserve 2 guest tickets that must be presented for entry to the event. RSVP opens on April 26, 2021 and will be closed on May 5, 2021


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. link


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

The Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies can be streamed live for free. More information will be available as the ceremony date approaches.

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, the Merritt and 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 ordering through Herff Jones is now closed. Beginning May 5, graduates can purchase their academic regalia through the Manhattanville College Bookstore. 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: May 5 and May 6, 10am - 5pm May 7, 10am - 4pm May 10 - May 14, 10am - 5pm May 15, 10am - 4pm May 17 - May 20, 10am - 6pm May 21 and May 22, 9am - 6pm May 23, 11am - 3pm

Move Out Information

Moving Out of Residence Halls
Only 2021 residential graduating students may remain in the residence hall after May 15th.

Residential Students who are graduating must vacate their residence hall space 24 hours after their graduation ceremony
or by May 24, 2021, by noon, whichever comes first.

In order to be thoughtful of graduation ceremonies, we ask that you DO NOT plan to move out during the following times:

Thursday, May 20, 5pm-8pm
Friday, May 21, 10am-1pm and 5pm-7pm
Saturday, May 22, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Sunday, May 23, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm