Commencement

Celebrating the Class of 2021

The academic procession will begin at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at noon and is expected to last two hours.

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. 

All graduates must have a line-up card to participate in their ceremony. 

Line-up Card Distribution

Students who are cleared to come to campus may pick up their line-up card in person according to the following schedule.  Please bring a photo ID as it will be required to obtain your card.  A screenshot of your my.Marist Welcome Page will also satisfy this requirement.

Line-up will be outside – please maintain social distancing (6 ft) while in line.

Line-up card distribution schedule for next week is as follows:

Each day’s distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with additional later hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate adult and graduate students.

Date Last name begins with Times Location
May 24 - 25 A - D 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Atrium in Donnelly - main entrance/south
  extended hours for adult and graduate students 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Atrium in Donnelly - main entrance/south
  E - L 11:00 am - 3:00 pm West side entrance Donnelly (facing Marion Hall/Library)
  extended hours for adult and graduate students 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm West side entrance Donnelly (facing Marion Hall/Library)
May 26 - 27 M - R 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Atrium in Donnelly - main entrance/south
  extended hours for adult and graduate students 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Atrium in Donnelly - main entrance/south
  S - Z 11:00 am - 3:00 pm West side entrance Donnelly (facing Marion Hall/Library)
  extended hours for adult and graduate students 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm West side entrance Donnelly (facing Marion Hall/Library)
May 28 Make up day for all others 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Outside of Dyson Cafe

 

Please make every effort to pick up on your scheduled day and do not wait until the make-up day, which is on the day before the first commencement ceremony.

Please note:

  • Only those students who are scheduled for that day will be served.  Please do not attempt to pick up on a day on which you are not scheduled.  
  • Only the student may pick up their line-up card without exceptions.  

If you are cleared to come to campus and cannot make it on your day, please plan to pick up your line-up card on the make-up day, Friday, May 28 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Make-up line-up cards will be picked up at the Dyson Café – using the exterior door (opening to the outdoors) to the room.

You are unable to make it on any of the scheduled days last-minute pick-up will be available at the Dyson Café before each ceremony on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 am.

Rehearsal

Hold the date of Friday, May 28 at 2 p.m. for Commencement Rehearsal on the Campus Green. Check back for updates.

Photography

Professional photographers from Island Photography (www.islandphoto.com) 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 www.marist.edu 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.

Cords, Tassels, and Other Attire

Helpful tips:

  • Your tassel should be worn on the right until all graduates have crossed the stage and President Murray confers all degrees.
  • Only one honor cord or sash should be worn with regalia. One medal and one pin is also permitted.
  • Remember the ground and stage can get wet, even if it’s not raining. Please wear sensible shoes.
  • The weather can be unpredictable, so remember both your umbrella and your sunblock.
  • Students should be cautious of the clothes they wear underneath their gowns. Neither the College nor the manufacturer guarantees that they are colorfast.

Diplomas

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 studentfinancialservices@marist.edu or (845) 575-3230.