Commencement FAQs

Is there a rehearsal?
All bachelor graduates are required to attend a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in Hayes Auditorium, Grace Center. The rehearsal is expected to last approximately one hour. Accelerated nursing and master’s graduates do not attend the rehearsal.

What if I cannot attend the rehearsal?
Students who cannot attend the rehearsal must contact the Office of Student Affairs to receive information for line-up and name pronunciation.

What is the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass? When and where will it be held?
The College sponsors a Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass to recognize the academic achievements of Undergraduate College graduates and to celebrate their hooding as college graduates. The ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Graduates are expected to wear their caps and gowns to the ceremony. All Undergraduate College graduates will receive their hoods at this time. Hoods will not be available at any other time. The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours. Tickets are not necessary.

How will I get my hood if I cannot attend the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass?
Hoods will only be available at the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass.

Is there a reception following the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass?
All attendees are invited to Smith Hall, Founders Hall for light refreshments immediately following the Senior Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass.

What is the date and time of Commencement?
Commencement will take place on the College’s Great Lawn on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Undergraduate College graduates will begin lining up at 9:00 a.m. Master’s graduates will begin lining up at 9:00 a.m. for their Hooding Ceremony. The procession will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours.

Will my graduate be individually recognized?
Yes, each graduate’s name will be announced and the graduate will walk across the stage. Graduates will be called to the stage by degree, in no particular order.

Are tickets required? Is there a guest limit?
Tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can invite to the ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving seats will not be allowed.

What is the suggested guest attire?
Weather conditions have varied from picture-perfect to extreme rain or heat. Graduates and guests are advised to dress comfortably and be prepared for the weather. If it is raining, you may want to bring umbrellas, appropriate rain gear, and a covering for your chair. Bring sun block and hats for sunny conditions. Wear shoes appropriate for grassy areas.

When should guests plan on arriving?
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to better ensure a parking space and seating. Guests will not be permitted to enter the tent before 8:30 a.m.

Is there reserved seating for Commencement?
No. Seats are reserved only for the graduates and special Commencement guests.

Are there any special arrangements needed for guests with physical disabilities?
Requests for accessible seating, handicapped parking permits, and sign language interpretation can be made to the Office of Student Affairs no later than Friday, April 24, 2020.

There will be a designated seating section to accommodate disabled guests. Special requests are limited to one parking permit and five special-seating tickets per graduate. As guests enter the campus, they should be prepared to show their parking permit to the security guard, who will direct them to the appropriate handicapped parking area. Marked handicapped parking spaces are reserved for vehicles with handicapped license plates, handicapped parking placards issued by a municipality, and special parking permits issued by the College.

What about parking?
Family and guests are encouraged to arrive early to better ensure a parking space. Vehicular access to the campus will become increasingly difficult as the parking lots fill. Guests should make arrangements to obtain from their graduates the two parking passes that were distributed to them. Graduates with current campus parking permits will be able to park on campus on Commencement Day; they will not need to use one of their guest parking permits.

What if my guests need overnight accommodations?
For guests who need overnight accommodations, below is a list of local hotels within 20-30 minutes from the College:

Hampton Inn 555 Tuckahoe Road,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 963-3200
Hampton Inn and Suites 160 Corporate Drive South,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 377-1144
Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers 7000 Hall Walk,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 377-1400
Ramada Inn 125 Tuckahoe Rd.,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 476-3800
Residence Inn by Marriott 7 Executive Blvd.,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 476-4600
Royal Regency Hotel 165 Tuckahoe Rd.,
Yonkers, NY
(914) 476-6200
Courtyard by Marriott 475 White Plains Rd.,
Tarrytown, NY
(914) 631-1122

Is there a lost and found on campus?
Lost items will be turned in at the Office of Safety and Security in the Maloney Center, located in the lower level of the library. Inquiries about lost articles may be made in person or by calling (718) 405-3722.