Commencement Ceremony

View the 2020 program celebrating our graduates and their achievements!

Dear Class of 2020:

You should be very proud of what you have accomplished at Mount Saint Vincent. On behalf of the entire College community, I want to once again congratulate you. Your families and friends are proud of you—and we are especially proud of you.

Many colleges and universities had to cancel their Commencement ceremonies due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We did not want to cancel—Commencement is symbolic and is an important celebration of what our students achieve. Instead, we moved to Plan B: rescheduling alternative ceremonies in August to adhere to state and city requirements governing large gatherings. Unfortunately, the postponement will not be possible at this time. Given the executive order signed by Mayor DeBlasio on July 9, 2020—extending the cancellation of large events through September 30, 2020—we have no option but to cancel our plans for August.

But that does not mean we won’t be celebrating you. You’ve earned it! So now, we will move to Plan C. We have created a Commencement box for each of you containing your diploma, program, cap and gown, and gift.

And to keep the festivities going, we’re asking that you send us a photo of yourself in your cap and gown while holding your diploma. We’d love to share it with the Mount community so they can join in celebrating your achievements. Please share your photos on Instagram using #cmsv2020 and email a copy to us at

Some students have also asked if they can participate in the May 2021 Commencement exercises. Assuming that the state and city allow us to hold the ceremony, the answer is: yes, of course!

Congratulations Class of 2020—you did it!

Kelli Smith
Vice President for Student Affairs