Commencement Celebrations

Class of 2021: Friday, May 21 and Saturday May 22, 2021

Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held on the Dominican Center Field at the Mount Saint Mary College campus on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22.

Class of 2021 Nursing students will commence on Friday, May 21 at 11 am. All other Class of 2021 students will commence at 10 am on Saturday, May 22 (arrival times will be emailed to registered graduates). Graduates are allowed up to two guests, and guest tickets cannot be transferred to another student. The ceremonies will be held rain or shine.

Additional details — including requirements for providing proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results – will be sent to your MSMC email. Details are subject to change.

Class of 2020: Friday, May 21 and Sunday May 23, 2021

Class of 2020 Nursing graduates will commence at 11 am on May 21. All other Class of 2020 graduates will commence at 1 pm on May 23. Graduates are allowed up to two guests, and guest tickets cannot be transferred to another student. The ceremonies will be held rain or shine.

The Mount is committed to hosting a graduation where graduates, guests, and Mount staff can feel safe to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. 

Testing/Vaccination Requirements:

Requirements for All Graduates and Guests Attending Commencement Ceremonies MUST:

  • Have proof of completed vaccination status with 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine with the final dose being at least 14 days prior to Commencement.
    a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR) within 72 hours of the event (If you or your guest test positive  you unfortunately will not be able to attend the ceremony. Please notify
    laboratory report of a positive COVID test within 90 days of the event.
  • All Graduates and Guests 18 years and older must present a picture ID such as driver’s license or passport.


NYS residents are required to download the free Excelsior Pass App Wallet on their phone through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store OR access it via computer at  Utilizing the Excelsior Pass allows college Health Services and Security staff to have an efficient way of ensuring that everyone has met COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements so that our Commencement will be a safe activity for all.  Please download the app, input your information, and review your pass now if you were vaccinated so that if there are any mistakes, they can be worked out well in advance of the event. Your pass can be saved in the app (NYS Wallet) now and shown at any time.  Please understand that as per NYS Department of Health requirements, there will be absolutely NO exceptions to these requirements. 

All Out-of-State graduates/guests will need to present the original CDC vaccination card or a printed copy (PDF format – not a screen shot) of their COVID-19 test results as they enter the campus. 

**We recommend that everyone have their original CDC vaccination card or a printed copy of their COVID-19 test results with them upon arrival to the campus, in case there are any technical difficulties.  We do not want anyone to miss these events!

If you or your guests test positive you unfortunately will not be able to attend the ceremony.  Please notify

Photography at the ceremony

A photographer will be at each ceremony and take pictures of the graduates receiving their diplomas and one immediately after in front of an MSMC banner.  Information will be sent to you directly from Island Photography. 

REMEMBER to bring your:

  • Cap

  • Gown

  • Hood

  • Stoles/Cords

Please also remember that the event will be held rain or shine.  Graduates will be supplied with ponchos if it is raining but guests may want to bring umbrellas.  The field is grass so it is important that everyone wear appropriate footwear and avoid high heels. 

At the end of the ceremony we will need to have everyone leave by row in an orderly fashion and go directly to your cars to maintain social distancing.  We also ask that everyone leave campus immediately following the ceremony. 

Arrival Time:  

Registered graduates will have received an email confirming your arrival time on campus.  Please plan accordingly and arrive at your assigned time, as we need to stagger graduate arrival times in order to get graduates and guests checked in at the main entrance without causing an extensive backup of traffic on Powell Avenue.  The MSMC staff is working hard to assure that this is a safe and enjoyable event for all involved, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we celebrate our Seniors!      

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