The countdown to your graduation is here. Congratulations on making it to this point—a culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Just as your studies required careful attention to directions and deadlines, participating in Commencement activities requires advanced planning. This is true even more in 2021. The following information is intended to help you enjoy your Commencement to the fullest.

Marist Commencement Exercises will occur May 29-31 on the Campus Green, subject to prevailing regulations and public health concerns.


Commencement Announcement to the Class of 2021

Schedule of Events

There will be two Commencement ceremonies:

Saturday, May 29 at 12 noon on the Campus Green for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the School of Communication and the Arts, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, and School of Science. Two guests will be allowed per graduate.

Sunday, May 30 at 12 noon on the Campus Green for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Professional Programs, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Two guests will be allowed per graduate.

Your school is listed in DegreeWorks in myMarist if you are not sure.


Graduates will be able to invite two guests to their ceremony. No other visitors will be allowed on campus during the ceremonies. The process for identifying guests is forthcoming. Invitations are non-transferrable. Guests will be required to provide proof of COVID-negative status. The process for providing COVID-negative documentation is forthcoming.

Participating in Commencement

By now all candidates should have submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s office. Forms are available at the commencement website: The information provided on the form will be used to order your diploma and for the commencement program.

Required Documentation

Proof of Negative Status for COVID-19 is Required to Attend Commencement. According to New York State guidelines, only attendees with proof of a negative diagnostic test or proof of immunization, as required, may be allowed entry to the event.

Students: One of the following is required to participate in Commencement Exercises:

  • Proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.
    • Please upload your vaccination information to by Friday, May 14 at 5 pm! This is the fastest way to be cleared to participate in Commencement.
  • Proof of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days and full recovery.
    • Students must upload documentation dated on or after February 26, 2021 of a lab-positive test or completed order of isolation to by Friday, May 14 at 5 pm.
  • A negative diagnostic test result for COVID-19 using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or DOH authorized polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or other nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) of comparable analytical sensitivity performance that was performed on a specimen (e.g., swab) collected within 72 hours of the event.
    • Instructions for seeking PCR testing will be sent to graduates who have not uploaded proof of immunization to by May 14 at 5 pm.

Guests: Proof of COVID-negative status will also be required of all guests. The process for submitting documentation is forthcoming.

Additional Clearance

In addition to receiving COVID clearance, students will be required to read and acknowledge a Commencement Code of Conduct and must be “Cleared to Come to Campus” on the day of their ceremony by completing the daily health screening questionnaire using their Marist credentials.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Caps and Gowns will be picked up at the Dyson Café – using the door that opens to the outdoors. Please maintain social distancing (6 ft) while in line.

Proof of Clearance to be on campus is required. On-campus students must complete the daily Health Attestation. Remote students must complete the Guest Survey on the day of pickup.

If Your Last Names Starts With the Letter: Pick Up Date and Time Is:
A – B Tuesday, April 27, 11 am – 7 pm
C – D Wednesday, April 28, 11 am – 7 pm
E – F – G Thursday, April 29, 11 am – 7 pm
H – I – J Friday, April 30, 11 am – 7 pm
K – L Monday, May 3, 11 am – 7 pm
M – N Tuesday, May 4, 11 am – 7 pm
O – P – Q – R Wednesday, May 5, 11 am – 7 pm
– T Thursday, May 6, 11 am – 7 pm
U – V – W – X – Y – Z Friday, May 7, 11 am – 7 pm
Makeup day – all students Saturday, May 8, 11 am - 3 pm

Students who do not pick up according to the schedule above may also pick up on the day of their ceremony. The Dyson Café will be open for this by 8 am over Commencement Weekend.

Any regalia not picked up by the end of Commencement Weekend will be shipped to the student at the address provided on the order.

View more information about Cap and Gown distribution.

Name Recording

Marist wants to make sure every name called during Commencement ceremonies is pronounced correctly. Graduates have the opportunity to provide the correct pronunciation of their own

names to be used as a reference. Students will be receiving an email introducing them to MarchingOrder, an organization working with Marist to record graduate names and print line-up cards. You will first be asked to register on the site including setting up a unique password. Once registered, you will be able to access the site and provide the correct pronunciation of your name. If you have questions, please call the Media Center at (845) 575-3635.

Line-up Cards

All graduates must have a line-up card to participate in their ceremony. Information on line up is forthcoming.

Virtual rehearsal

Information about rehearsal is forthcoming.


Professional photographers from Island Photography ( will photograph all graduates as they both cross and exit the stage. Students are permitted to remove their masks before their name is called, but must reposition their masks over their nose and mouth before returning to their seats.

To receive proofs online, please provide an email address on the back of your line-up card, and you will be notified when they are available for viewing. Graduates will receive two complimentary proofs and an order form by mail.

Remote Viewing

Amid this global pandemic, we encourage family and friends to watch ceremonies remotely. Remote viewers will be no less part of the ceremonies. To view the ceremonies online, please visit the Marist homepage at and click the Commencement link. 

Weather Policy

The ceremonies will take place on the Campus Green. There is no indoor alternative site. Conditions have varied from picture-perfect to extreme heat or rain. Graduates and guests are advised to prepare for the weather.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies may be delayed up to three hours if clearing is anticipated within a reasonable period. Announcements will be made and updated on the Marist website and the Marist weather hotline (845) 575-5500. Please check these sources before the ceremonies.


Diplomas will be mailed July 6, 2021, to all who have met graduation requirements. Graduates must be clear of all financial obligations, including loan exit interviews and library fees before a diploma will be mailed. Questions about financial obligations should be directed to or (845) 575-3230.

More Questions?

For additional information please email

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Class of 2020,

We have not forgotten you. We are committed to providing your class a commencement ceremony and celebrating your many achievements. In May 2020, Marist had two options for commencement exercises: to postpone to a later date or to provide a virtual ceremony. Postponing the ceremony was one of the most difficult decisions the College has had to make during this global pandemic. 

While Marist is planning in-person ceremonies for the Class of 2021, the circumstances are less than ideal, with the College operating under severe limitations and the uncertainty of guests.

On March 29, Marist distributed a survey to the Class of 2020, asking members if they preferred to continue the delay or were interested in returning to campus under current state-wide restrictions. The overwhelming response was to wait to hold commencement until all could participate together in a large-scale, in-person commencement ceremony. Based on the results, the Commencement Committee will be reviewing the various possibilities and options for a traditional commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. The most likely choices would be this Fall or in Spring 2022.

Thomas S. Wermuth
Vice President for Academic Affairs