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2015 Commencement  
May 16, 2015 10:00 AM 
Rose Hill Campus
Edward's Parade

Current Graduates
Beginning with August 2012 graduates of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), completion of this overview survey replaces the requirement for the overview paper. Please complete the form by July 15th for August graduates, November 15th for February graduates, and April 15th for May graduates. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting (partial work cannot be saved). Most questions are required and must be answered for submission. We appreciate your thoughts in completing this survey. If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Patrick Holt at

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August 2014, February 2015 and May 2015 graduates are welcome and encouraged  to attend Fordham University's 170th  Annual Commencement on Saturday, May16th 2014.

Students must apply for graduation on (student tab, Banne Self Service, Student folder) as follows: 

September 13th for February graduation
January  1st for May graduation
June 1st for August graduation

Students should review the Graduation checklist view on Degreeworks (in the student tab at each semester to assure they are making appropriate progress towards degree completion. Degreeworks will also confirm for you which requirements you still must complete. 

Students are responsible for tracking their own progress towards their degree, and for making their faculty advisor and Dean Holt aware if there is an error or omission in Degreeworks.

On Commencement day, graduates are encouraged to arrive on campus no later than 8:00AM in order to give themselves time to prepare to line up and march onto Edwards Parade at 10:00AM.  

The full University ceremony takes place out-of-doors on the lawn directly west of Keating Hall (Edward's Parade).  There is plenty of seating available for guests, but shade can be limited. The day can become quite warm, so all are cautioned to dress for the day's weather.  For those more comfortable indoors, a broadcast of the festivities is available in Keating First Auditorium.

In the event of rain, the University has a contingency plan, which will be available at that time. Generally GRE graduates are instructed to gather directly at Keating First Auditorium.  

Immediately after the all-university ceremony, GRE hosts its own diploma ceremony, also in Keating First. This is a brief presentation, offering our graduates a chance to gather and both celebrate their achievements and receive their diplomas.  NOTE Graduates are strongly encouraged to participate in the planning of this event.  Anyone interested in doing so may contact Dean Madden at the School's Office. 

Cap and Gown rental/purchase may be made by going to Rental order information is now available, usually in Mid-March and should be completed by Friday, April 3, 2015.
Re-cap of the One Hundred Sixty Seventh Annual Commencement, May 19, 2012.
Re-cap of the One Hundred Sixty Eighth Annual Commencement, May 18, 2013
Re-cap of the One Hundred Sixty Ninth Annual Commencement, May 17, 2014

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