Celebrating the Class of 2023

The Ceremony

The Marist College 2023 Traditional Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine, on the Campus Green. Graduates will line up between the Lowell Thomas Quad and the Hancock Center, at 9:15 a.m. The academic procession is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., and the ceremony is expected to last approximately two 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. Forms are 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 each name called on Commencement day is pronounced correctly. On or about March 27, students will receive an email introducing them to MarchingOrder, an organization working with Marist to record graduate names. Students will first be asked to register on the site and set 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. The deadline for recording names is April 17. 

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 16 – Friday, May 19

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

  • Saturday, May 20

8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Donnelly Hall
(Photo ID 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

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Donnelly Hall
(Photo ID 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 January 31, 2023. Directions for ordering were mailed to graduates in November 2o22. If you, did not place an order by January 31, 2023, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


All Saturday graduates are required to attend a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Students will gather between the Lowell Thomas Quad and the Hancock Center and line up alphabetically according to school. School banners will be prominently displayed. Lineup cards are required for rehearsal, which is expected to last approximately one hour.

Commencement Day

Graduates and faculty will assemble for the academic procession at 9:15 a.m. between the Lowell Thomas Quad and the Hancock Center. Lineup cards are required to participate in the ceremony. The procession is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Candidates and faculty will march together, led by their marshal, and will be seated by school. Graduates will be called to receive their diploma covers in alphabetical order by school. Lineup cards will be collected from graduates 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 9:45 a.m. However, no guests will be permitted to enter the actual ceremony site before 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. Immediately following the ceremony, all graduates and their guests are invited to a reception on the Saint Peter’s Meadow.

Parking Information

Family and guests are encouraged to arrive before 9:45 a.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 3. The ceremony will be interpreted in sign language for the hearing impaired. For information on handicapped parking, please see Parking Information, above.


Professional photographers from Island Photography ( 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 and clicking on the commencement link. Depending on prevailing public health concerns, Marist may also offer live broadcasting of the ceremony in classrooms and other indoor locations on campus. A list of these spaces will be available prior to the event. Please consider using academic buildings for closed-circuit viewing to prevent overcrowding in the Murray Student Center. Only when spread out across campus are there enough indoor seats for every guest. 

Weather Policy

We understand the importance of Commencement to our graduates and their families and strive to accommodate every graduate and their guests to the extent possible. Due to the size of our Saturday ceremony the preferred site is outdoors, rain or shine, on the Campus Green. In the case of inclement weather, Marist cannot simply move the ceremony indoors or under a tent. The College’s McCann Center arena is the largest venue in the area and yet cannot contain all Saturday graduates and their guests at the same time.

If dangerous weather is forecast, Marist will make alternate arrangements to the best of our ability based on the type of weather condition. This may include an abbreviated ceremony, delayed ceremony, and/or divided indoor ceremonies with limited, ticketed seating.

Delayed or Divided Ceremonies

The ceremony may be delayed up to three hours if clearing is anticipated within a reasonable period. If the event is moved indoors, ceremonies will be divided into smaller events, one or more of which could be held in the afternoon. Families are encouraged to consider the possibility of an afternoon ceremony when making post-commencement travel and celebration plans.

Listen for Announcements

Announcements about severe weather will be made on the Marist web site ( 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.

McCann Arena

Much of the guest seating in the McCann arena is on bleachers. Some individuals may find the climb to the upper seats difficult and may prefer to view the ceremony in areas designated for live broadcast. Parking at McCann will be severely limited. Guests are asked to park as close to their graduate’s residence as possible.

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.

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

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 will be mailed June 14 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Tuesday, January 31 Last day to place cap and gown orders
Monday, April 17 Expected last day for graduates to record their own names with MarchingOrder (check back for updates)
Wednesday, May 3 Disabled seating/parking permits become available in the Registrar’s office
Tuesday, May 16 –
Friday, May 19
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Cap and gown distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
Thursday, May 18
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lineup card distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
Friday, May 19
11:00 a.m.
Mandatory rehearsal.  Line up on Lowell Thomas Quad (lineup card required)
Wednesday, June 14 Diplomas mailed to all eligible graduates


Commencement Day: Saturday, May 20

8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Final cap and gown distribution in Donnelly Hall (photo ID required)
8:30 a.m. Guests allowed to enter ceremony site
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bookstore open
9:15 a.m. Graduates line up between the Lowell Thomas Quad and the Hancock Center
10:30 a.m. Procession begins (guests should be seated)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony ~ Reception follows immediately after the ceremony on Saint Peter’s Meadow