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University Commencement Ceremonies

Students smiling at commencement

The University Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021, pending the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and New York state regulations at that time.

View University Commencement coverage and information for the Class of 2020.

Update on In-Person Ceremony for 2020 Graduates

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

First, I hope that my note finds you and your family safe and healthy during these extraordinary times.

I write to you today about our plans for an in-person graduation ceremony. We had hoped to be able to schedule the ceremony this fall, but the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear this will not be possible. New York state's restrictions on large events, along with our concern and care for you, your family, and our entire Fordham community, have made it impossible to consider hosting an in-person ceremony in 2020.

I know this is a big disappointment for you and your family. I—and the entire Fordham community—share your disappointment. We hope to welcome you to the Rose Hill campus in the spring of 2021 for the in-person ceremony you have anticipated and so richly deserve. The Commencement Office will contact you in the spring with updated information and a survey of potential dates for the in-person ceremony, pending the evolving nature of the pandemic, and with guidance from New York state.

I want to personally thank you for your patience and fortitude during these unusual and trying times. Please know that I continue to pray for you and the entire Class of 2020 and look forward to congratulating you in person when it is safe to gather together again at Rose Hill.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J.