Commencement crowd seated on quad


Celebrating the Class of 2024

Join the Live Stream Saturday at 10am!

We are thrilled to celebrate our graduating students on Thursday, May 9 (Graduate and Doctoral)

and Saturday, May 11 (Undergraduate), 2024, on our beautiful campus quad.

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

Request an Accessibility Accommodation


Important Information

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.   Manhattanville will notify the graduates via email and add a banner to the web if the ceremony is being moved indoors with limited guests.  
Male doctoral student with diploma
Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 6 PM 

Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Report Times - Please be punctual!

  • 5:00 PM - Family check-in on quad (first come, first served seating)
  • 5:00 PM - Student Check-in (East Room, above cafeteria)
  • 5:50 PM- Procession begins


Female undergrad in cap and gown
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 10 AM

Undergraduate Commencement

Report Times - Please be punctual!

  • 8:45 AM - Family check-in on quad (first come, first served seating)
  • 8:45 AM - Student Check-in (East Room, above cafeteria)
  • 9:50 AM - Procession begins


Reid Castle face with cherry blossoms
Book a Session (March 11-14)
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
Mother and child cheering and photographing at commencement



Additional Commencement Resources

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


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.


Directions to Campus

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

See our FAQ section below for instructions from your area.


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 portion of the Commencement Handbook. 


  • Complimentary programs will be handed out by volunteers.
  • Beverages will be sold prior to the start of the ceremonies.
  • Flowers are available for purchase on the Quad.
  • Staff volunteers are on site to provide assistance.
  • Restrooms including accessible toilets and gender-neutral spaces are located in

Founder’s Hall, the Reid Castle and Brownson Hall.

  • The College Ville’age Store will be open extended hours.


Seating at the ceremony is first come/first serve general seating. Volunteers will be available to assist individuals in wheelchairs and those with other special needs in order to be able to be seated with family and friends.

  • If you or a family member or friend is hearing impaired and requires an American Sign Language interpreter, please go to the commencement webpage, click “Accessible Information,” and then fill out the form.

Please call the Office of Student Accommodations at 914.323.7127 with any questions.


Commencement FAQs 


Academic regalia ordering is through Herff Jones.  Graduates can purchase their academic regalia through The Ville'age Store on campus or via the online portal through March 27 In order to participate in Commencement, you must wear the proper academic regalia. For further details please contact The Ville'age Store by phone (914.323.7217) or by email:

Online orders should be completed by March 27.

The prices are as follows:

Bachelor package (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $86.00

Master package (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $91.00

Doctorate package (tam, gown, tassel, hood) $139.25

Each ceremony will be streamed live on the College’s main webpage and social media platforms. The ceremonies will also be available through YouTube for future viewing.


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. 

All degree requirements must be completed and degrees must be conferred before a diploma can be ordered. Diplomas are available approximately 6 weeks after degrees are conferred. Graduates will be emailed additional information regarding diplomas.


2900 Purchase Street
Purchase NY 10577

By Car:

From New York City
Deegan Expressway/New York State Thruway (I-87) north to exit 8. Right to Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287), east to Hutchinson River Parkway. North on Hutchinson River Parkway to exit 16 (in New York, not Connecticut) at Route 120 (Purchase Street). Left on Purchase Street to campus.

From Long Island

Throgs Neck or Whitestone Bridge north to Hutchinson River Parkway north to exit 16 (in New York, not Connecticut) at Route 120 (Purchase Street). Left on Purchase Street to campus.

From Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey
Tappan Zee Bridge East to Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287). East to Hutchinson River Parkway (Exit 9 north). North on Hutchinson River Parkway to exit 16 (in New York, not Connecticut) at Route 120 (Purchase Street). Left on Purchase Street to campus.

From Putnam and Dutchess Counties
South on I-684 to exit 2. Follow Route 120 south (Purchase Street) to campus (about 4 miles).

From Connecticut
Merritt Parkway South to Hutchinson River Parkway south to exit 16 in New York (not in Connecticut). Turn right onto Route 120 (Purchase Street) and follow to campus on left.
- or -
New England Thruway South to Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) west to Hutchinson River Parkway north (exit 9). Hutchinson River Parkway north to exit 16 at Route 120 (Purchase Street). Left on Purchase Street to campus.

By Public Transportation or Plane:

Train or Bus
Metro North Railroad from NYC Grand Central Terminal. Harlem Division Line to White Plains.
- or -
Anderson Hill Road bus (Bee-Line No. 12) or Taxi to the campus.

By Plane
Manhattanville College also is easily accessible from all New York City area airports: Westchester County Airport, Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International Airport.

Manhattanville College has obtained special rates at local hotels to help accommodate families who are visiting campus. Please mention Manhattanville College when making reservations for any special deals.

Courtyard Marriott
631 Midland Avenue
Rye, NY 10580
Phone (914)-921-1110 rate

Cambria Suites - White Plains Downtown
250 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone (914)-681-0500 

Other Area Hotels:

Doubletree Tarrytown 
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Phone (914) 631-5700

101 Corporate Park Drive
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone (914) 251-9700 – Please request Manhattanville College rate

Graduates should plan to move out of the Residence Halls by Sunday, May 12, by 12 noon.  Please contact Residence Life for more details.  



Commencement Events


Graduation Fair

2:00 PM
Manhattanville, Reid Castle