The Marist College 71st Commencement Ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 on the Campus Green. Students, faculty, and staff will assemble for the procession at 9:15 a.m. on the Lowell Thomas Quad between the Hancock and Dyson Centers. Students will need their line-up cards to participate in the ceremony. The procession is scheduled to begin promptly 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. Line-up cards will be collected from students just before they approach the platform.
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 join their fellow students at a reception under the tent on St. Peter's Meadow.
Conditions at Commencement have varied from picture perfect to extreme rain or heat. Graduates and guests are advised to prepare for the weather. Family and guests may want to bring umbrellas, appropriate rain gear, and a covering for their chairs if it rains. Also, graduates should be cautious of the clothes they wear underneath their gowns. Neither the College nor the manufacturer guarantees that they are colorfast.