Marist College Commencement

Celebrating Marist's Graduating Classes

The below frequently asked questions provide preliminary information, and details regarding Commencement ceremonies are subject to change. Please check back as further details become finalized.

Class of 2020

Q: When is Commencement for the class of 2020?
A: Saturday, May 28, 2022

Q: How many ceremonies will there be?
A: There will be one ceremony for all graduates.

Q: Is there a limit to how many guests I can bring?
A: The Marist policy is six guests per person. Exceptions to this policy must be requested to

Q: Do I have to wear a mask?
A. Marist intends to follow the prevailing guidelines. COVID-19 protocols will be announced in advance of the event.

Q: Where will the ceremony take place?
A: On the Campus Green.

Q: Is there a rain date or alternate site in the event of inclement weather?
A: There is no indoor ceremony site that can accommodate all guests and graduates. Therefore, the ceremony will take place outdoors, rain or shine.

Q: I can’t attend commencement. Will my name be read? Will my name appear in the program?
A: Graduates who do not attend the commencement ceremony will have their names appear in the program. They will not be read live.

Q: Will there be a virtual ceremony for students who are unable to attend commencement?
A: The Class of 2020 commencement ceremony will be an in-person event only.

Q: I heard some people got regalia and some people didn’t.
A: Our regalia vendor made a mistake and sent some members of the class their regalia. Marist was able to send regalia to other individuals who requested it.

Q: Who is the speaker?
A: Speakers will be announced in Spring 2022.

Q: Will the Class of 2020 be allowed to stay in the dorms?
A: It is recommended that graduates secure hotel rooms for themselves and their guests well in advance of the ceremony. Check back for further updates.

Q: Will there be social events the week before commencement?
A: Alumni Relations is planning day and evening activities for Friday, May 27.

Q: Will there be a Baccalaureate ceremony, Honors ceremony, or honor society induction ceremonies?
A: Receptions will be planned for Baccalaureate winners and Honors students. These will not be academic ceremonies.

Q: Who will hand us our diploma - President Murray or President Weinman?
A: Your degrees were conferred by President Murray in May 2020. President Weinman will distribute diploma covers at your commencement ceremony.