Commencement

Celebrating the Class of 2022

The Ceremony

The Marist College 2022 Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony is held outdoors on the Campus Green. Graduates will line up on the Lowell Thomas Quad, between the Hancock and Dyson Centers, at 5:15 p.m. The academic procession is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m., and the ceremony is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours. A reception will follow. 

Application to Graduate

By now all candidates should have submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s office. This form is available on the Student Resources section of myMarist. The information collected on the form will be used to order your diploma and for the commencement program.

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. On or about April 11, students will receive an email introducing them to MarchingOrder, an organization working with Marist to record graduate names and print lineup cards. You will first be asked to register on the site and set up a unique password. Once registered, you will be able to provide the correct pronunciation of your name. The deadline for recording names is April 25. If you have questions, please call the Media Center at (845) 575-3635. 

Lineup Card/Cap and Gown Distribution

All graduates must have a lineup card to participate in the commencement ceremony. Distribution of lineup card and cap and gown will take place during the week of commencement.

Cap and Gown Distribution:

  • Tuesday, May 17 - Thursday, May 19

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Donnelly Hall
Photo ID is Required

  • Friday, May 20

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Donnelly Hall
Photo ID is Required

How to Properly Wear Regalia:

To see how to wear your regalia properly, watch this tutorial video here.

Lineup Card Distribution:

  • Thursday, May 19

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Donnelly Hall
Photo ID is Required

  • Friday, May 20

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Donnelly Hall
Photo ID is Required

Students must pick up their lineup card in person and will be required to show a photo ID and sign the Alcohol Policy statement. A screenshot of your myMarist welcome page can serve as a photo ID. 

Only students with lineup cards will be permitted to cross the stage. The Registrar’s office should be contacted immediately if the lineup card is lost.

Caps, gowns, and hoods (regalia) are purchased by the College for all graduates, at no cost to the student. These “keepers” are an eco-friendly product made from 100% recycled materials. Graduates may keep their regalia as keepsakes. Those who do not want to keep their regalia are encouraged to deposit them in collection boxes after the ceremony so they may be recycled.

Cap and gown orders are due on March 13, 2022. Directions for ordering were mailed to graduates in January and are available here.

Rehearsal

There is no rehearsal for Friday’s commencement ceremony. Graduates should assemble for the academic procession at 5:15 p.m. There will be plenty of staff on hand to help graduates line up.

Commencement Day

Graduates and faculty will assemble for the academic procession at 5:15 p.m. on the Lowell Thomas Quad, between the Hancock and Dyson Centers. The procession is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. Candidates for Doctorate degrees will march together, led by their marshal, and will be called to receive their diploma covers in alphabetical order.  Candidates for master’s degrees will march together, led by their marshal, and will be called to receive their diploma covers by graduate program. Candidates for bachelor’s degrees will march together, led by their marshal, and will be called to receive their diploma covers in alphabetical order. Lineup cards will be collected from students as they approach the platform. There is space on the lineup card to provide contact information to the event photographer.

Family and guests are encouraged to arrive before 5:30 p.m. However, no guests will be permitted to enter the actual ceremony site before 5:00 p.m. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours. Immediately following the ceremony, all graduates and their guests are invited to a reception on the Saint Peter’s Meadow.

Moving the ceremony indoors due to inclement weather may or may not be possible, depending on prevailing public health concerns. Details will be available on the Marist web site (www.marist.edu) and the Marist weather hotline at (845) 575-5500. Please see the Weather Policy below.

Parking Information

Family and guests are encouraged to arrive before 5:30 p.m. to better ensure a parking space. Parking will be available on the east and west campuses. Lots reserved for handicapped parking are for vehicles with handicapped license plates or placards issued by a municipality, or guests with a disabled parking pass. Guests with handicapped permits should enter the north entrance only and be prepared to show their permits to the security guard, who will direct them to the appropriate parking area. There is no access to handicapped parking from the south entrance.

For a complete list of parking sites and instructions, please see the campus map.

General Seating

Admittance to the outdoor ceremony is by general admission; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates are allowed up to six guests each. No saving of seats is allowed. All guests are asked to follow the directives of ushers and security staff. All persons must stay within the roped areas to allow the best visibility for everyone. Please do not block the view of others by standing on chairs or in the aisles.

Disabled Guests

There will be a designated seating section to accommodate disabled guests. Graduating students may request up to two disabled seating tickets and one disabled parking permit in the Registrar’s office beginning Wednesday, May 4. The ceremony will be interpreted in sign language for the hearing impaired. For information on handicapped parking, please see Parking Information, above.

Photography

Professional photographers from Island Photography (www.islandphoto.com) will photograph all graduates as they both cross and exit the stage. To receive proofs online, please provide an email address on the back of your lineup card, and you will be notified when they are available for viewing. Graduates will receive two complimentary proofs and an order form by mail.

Due to the large number of people attending Commencement, it is necessary to restrict access to the platform and the graduates’ seating area. Guests will not be able to walk or stand in the aisles to take photographs or video. However, there will be designated areas for families to take pictures following the ceremony. The commencement program, which you will receive on commencement day, will show these locations.

Remote Viewing

Family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the event can view the ceremony streaming live by visiting Marist’s homepage at www.marist.edu and clicking on the commencement link. Marist will also offer live broadcasting of the ceremony in the Murray Student Center. When spread out across campus, there are enough indoor seats available for every guest. 

Weather Policy

The Friday, May 20, Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on the Campus Green. In the event of rain or severe weather, and if COVID policies permit, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the McCann Arena. Announcements will be made on the Marist web site (www.marist.edu) and on the Marist weather hotline (845) 575-5500. Instructions will be given to students informing them where to report for line up. Please check these sources before traveling to campus.

Guests are advised that seating in the arena is on bleachers. Some may find the climb to the upper seats difficult and may prefer to view the ceremony in areas designated for remote viewing. Only guests with disabled seating tickets prearranged with the Registrar’s office will be seated in the disabled seating section in McCann.

Red and White Cords

At the time of cap and gown pick up, all graduates will receive a red and white cord, known as the “Putting Him/Her Through” (PHT) recognition cord. Graduates are to give the cord to one of their guests to wear during the ceremony. The cord is intended to recognize the support, patience, and encouragement that helped the graduate on his or her journey toward degree completion.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is not permitted before or during the commencement exercises and will be confiscated if brought to the ceremony. Please advise all guests of this policy. During lineup card distribution, graduates will be required to sign a statement to acknowledge that they understand the College’s alcohol policy. Also, please be advised that the Campus Green is a smoke free zone.

Flowers

Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres can be purchased in advance of the ceremony and picked up on campus on graduation day between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please download the 1-800-FLOWERS order form.

Personalized Announcements

Students may wish to order announcements to alert family and friends about their upcoming graduation. Orders for personalized announcements can be placed online at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com.

Area Accommodations

For a variety of options to local Hudson Valley hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants, please click on the links.

Helpful Tips

Cords, Tassels, and Other Attire:

  • Your tassel should be worn on the right until all graduates have crossed the stage and President Weinman confers all degrees.
  • Only one honor cord or sash should be worn with regalia. One medal and one pin are 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 June 15 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Sunday, March 13 Last day to place cap and gown orders
Monday, April 25 Expected last day for graduates to record their own names with MarchingOrder (check back for updates)
Wednesday, May 4 Disabled seating/parking permits become available in the Registrar’s office

Tuesday, May 17 –
Thursday, May 19
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Cap and gown distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
Thursday, May 19
4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Lineup card distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
Friday, May 20
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lineup card and cap and gown distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
Wednesday, June 15 Diplomas mailed to all eligible graduates

 

Commencement Day: Friday, May 20

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Final lineup card and cap and gown distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bookstore open
5:00 p.m. Guests allowed to enter ceremony site
5:15 p.m. Graduates line up on Lowell Thomas Quad, between the Hancock and Dyson Centers
6:00  - 7:15 p.m. Commencement Ceremony ~ Reception follows immediately after the ceremony on Saint Peter’s Meadow