Information pertaining to Commencement 2020 and 2021 Ceremonies is still in discussion. The decision is dependent upon Covid-19 related regulations and other variables. The Commencement Website will be updated as soon as we have confirmed information.


The Commencement Committee



Graduate & Doctoral Commencement-TBD


Undergraduate Commencement-TBD

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


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

Graduation Application

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Application for Graduation for all expectant May/August 2020 graduates must be submitted using the web application in Student Planning.

Report Times

Graduate/Doctoral Candidates report to the East Room on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. Baccalaureate Recipients report to the Ophir Room on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Undergraduate Candidates report to the East Room on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.


Seating is on a first come, first served basis. In case of severe weather, ceremonies will be relocated to the O’Byrne Chapel, which has a seating limit of two guests per graduate. Two Severe Weather Tickets will be included with graduates cap and gown pick-up. Ceremony video streaming will be available online and in various locations on campus.

Academic Attire

Information on what to wear, hood colors, and ordering your cap and gown.

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.

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.