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Commencement 2021

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Videocast of the University Commencement Ceremony

May 22, 2021
The main University Commencement ceremony was videocasted on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. ET. All graduates are encouraged to watch this ceremony with their families. During the ceremony, the deans of the University presented their graduates as a group, and Father McShane officially conferred all of the degrees on our graduates. The ceremony featured remarks from the 2021 Commencement speaker Admiral Michelle Howard.

Commencement with flower garden

Colleges and Schools Ceremonies

Each college and school hosted a ceremony in which their graduates were individually recognized. The dean’s offices at each college and school announced plans to their graduates. Information has been added to the following pages by college or school:

Student Recognition Page

All students were individually recognized on our student recognition page. Each graduate in the Class of 2021 had an opportunity to provide a photo and personal message to appear on the recognition page.

Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2021

Members of the community joined together in prayer and celebration during the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 15. The Mass is available on-demand.


Commencement Blue Proud Graduate Class of 2021 Lawn Sign

Commencement Toolkit

  • Yard or Window Sign Templates
  • Commencement Logos
  • Campus Photos
  • Instagram Story Templates
  • Zoom Backgrounds

Commencement Social Wall

Follow the Commencement action on social media using the hashtag #Fordham2021 or leave a message on our social wall for the Class of 2021.

Class of 2021 Student Profiles
Jasmine Gurreri, PCS ’21: From Fordham Road to Manhattan Real Estate and Beyond

Jasmine Gurreri grew up near the Rose Hill campus and went to Roosevelt High School just across the street on Fordham Road. She graduated from Marymount the year the college became part of the University, so her bachelor’s diploma bears the Fordham name.

Darius Johnson, LAW ’21: A Passion for Movement Law

By the time Darius Johnson enrolled as a Stein Scholar at Fordham’s School of Law in 2018, he was feeling very sure of his decision. The Mobile, Alabama, native was active in the pre-law group at Morehouse College, where he majored in English literature.

Daniel Hernandez-Cartaya, GABELLI ’21: Focusing on Purpose at His Nonprofit

Growing up near the Lincoln Center campus, Daniel Hernandez-Cartaya always wanted to attend Fordham. So when it was time for a master’s degree, he knew where to turn.

Yong Yong Chen, GABELLI ’21: From China to Brooklyn to the Global World of Books

Growing up in South Brooklyn, Yong Yong Chen was no stranger to the world of business. When she was just 12, Chen, the oldest of three children, was tasked with helping her mother manage the family’s salon.

Danielle Wright, GSS ’21: Living to Serve

On a recent cold and wet spring morning in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Danielle Wright was beaming her usual sunny smile while volunteering with Fordham Veterans Association (RamVets) at a COVID-relief food pantry.

Commencement Coverage
Rams Earn Prestigious Awards

Fordham students and alumni earned many prestigious awards and fellowships this year, despite program changes and upheavals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blessings and Gratitude at Baccalaureate Mass

At the 2021 Baccalaureate Mass in the University Church on May 16, students celebrated the many gifts of their class and gave thanks for all they have learned and experienced.

Diversity Graduation Celebrations

Members of the Class of 2021 celebrated their heritage and culture at four Diversity Graduation Celebrations from May 4 to 6; Latinx graduation; Black graduation; AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) graduation; and Lavender graduation, for LGBTQ students.

Jazz, Biology, and Sociology at Rose Hill Research Fair

In the early months of the pandemic, senior undergraduate researchers at Fordham College at Rose Hill celebrated their hard work over Zoom with congratulatory emojis and a homemade poster created by dean Rachel Annunziato’s nine-year-old twins.

Existential Art and Research at Lincoln Center Ars Nova

At this year’s Ars Nova, the Fordham College at Lincoln Center arts and research showcase held the last week of April, some of the most existential issues facing undergraduates were detailed and discussed in 42 presentations, often in deeply personal terms.

View More Commencement Coverage on Fordham News


Graduated student holding child and waving.

Father McShane at podium speaking from a front angle.

Students walking after receiving diplomas.

Student giving thumbs up.