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Commencement 2021: updated April 1, 2021

After several weeks of discussion and planning, including consultation with our local health department and guidance from SUNY, we are pleased to announce our hybrid commencement plan for the Class of 2021. Our celebration will begin on Wednesday, May 12 (rain date is Thursday, May 13) with a Graduate Procession and Recognition event and conclude with an online commencement ceremony and degree conferral, available beginning May 22. 

On May 12, graduates will line up on the College Green at 4 p.m. in regalia (caps and gowns can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the MacVittie College Union beginning today and will be available until the May 12 event). When you arrive at the College Green to check in, you will receive your custom printed reader card, a face mask to match your regalia, and instructions on how to line up.  

At approximately 4:45 p.m., you will process down College Drive and march into the stadium to “Pomp and Circumstance.” You will individually cross a stage while your name is read, receive your diploma cover, and have your picture taken by GradImages (proofs will be sent afterwards for purchase from GradImages). Your entire procession will be livestreamed, so your friends and family members will be able to watch.

If you intend to participate in the procession, you are required to complete this form no later than Friday, April 16, AND participate in pooled surveillance testing (details on testing protocols will be sent closer to the event). Please note that in the interests of health and safety, no guests will be allowed at this recognition event. The livestream link will be shared with family and friends to watch live, and it will be available for viewing after the event. 

Your official commencement ceremony and degree conferral will be available online beginning May 22. In addition to the official ceremony, the virtual event will include a senior oration, messages from Geneseo alumni, and individual recognition for each graduate. You will also be able to submit your photo and other information to help make your commencement unique to the Class of 2021, so watch your email for details soon!

We look forward to recognizing you in person and celebrating your commencement with you virtually!



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