Commencement Vaccine Requirements

All people attending Fordham’s Commencement or related events age 5 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine.

Additionally, Fordham requires proof of one (1) COVID-19 booster shot for all those eligible to receive it.

Those not yet eligible will be able to attend provided they are two weeks past their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

Booster eligibility is defined by the CDC. The booster requirement only entails proof of having received a shot. There is no additional waiting period needed for entry. Please note: A recent COVID-19 infection does not exempt you from the vaccine or booster requirement. Antibody tests also cannot be used for entry.

Negative COVID-19 test results for all guests eligible for a vaccine will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination proof.

Fordham will need to see proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Guests who are traveling to the United States from an international location must be fully vaccinated per the CDC travel requirements, but only need to show a booster dose if it is recommended by their country's health authority.
All guests must provide in-person verification of vaccination against COVID-19. Prior to entering Fordham’s campus, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through the Excelsior Pass (for New York state residents), the NYC COVID Safe app (for New York City residents), an EU Digital COVID Certificate, or an original CDC or internationally recognized physical vaccination record or photograph of it. Guests ages 18+ must present a photo ID along with your vaccine proof.

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 may attend with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. All children between 2 and 5 will be required to wear a mask at all times on Fordham’s campus.

Children under 2 do not have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and are not required to wear a mask.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccination requirement, please contact

Updated April 8, 2022