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Westchester College and University Commencement Ceremonies in 2021

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How Westchester’s bastions of higher education are helping graduates celebrate this (and past) year’s accomplishments safely.

Colleges across the nation have had to make the tough decision on whether or not to hold in-person commencement ceremonies during the pandemic. In Westchester, some colleges have opted to have virtual events, small celebrations, or in-person ceremonies that allow limited guests. Here’s what Westchester’s colleges have planned for their 2021 graduates: 

Berkeley College

Berkeley College will hold an online commencement ceremony on May 7 for 2020 and 2021 graduates and an outdoor commencement ceremony at MetLife Stadium on May 27 for 2019, 2020, and 2021 graduates.

The College of Westchester

The College of Westchester has not responded to inquiries at this time. We will update this guide when information becomes available.

Concordia College

Concordia College will close at the end of this school year, but the final class will graduate in a Parade of Graduates on May 8 at Sommer Center. Graduates can bring up to four guests, but no one will sit or assemble in the Sommer Center. Graduates and their guests will come in at their assigned time, have their name called, and will walk across the stage to receive their diploma and have pictures taken.


Read More: The Definitive Guide to Westchester County Colleges


Iona College

Iona College will have an in-person celebration for graduates and anticipates being able to accommodate two guests. The Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass will take place virtually on May 22. More details on in-person commencement plans will be available soon.

Manhattanville College

The college will hold four separate in-person commencement ceremonies on campus from May 20 to May 23 for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremonies will be held outdoors in rain or shine and are limited to 150 graduating students per ceremony.

Mercy College

Mercy will host a virtual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.

Monroe College

Monroe will likewise hold a virtual commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

Pace University

Pace University will include a combination of formal virtual ceremonies and small in person celebrations on May 1. The events will allow students to gather for socially distant celebrations and photos.

Purchase College

Purchase College will have a virtual commencement ceremony on May 21. On May 19 or May 20, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and have their photos taken with the college’s president, Milagros Peña.

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College’s undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be held virtually and livestreamed on May 14 for undergraduate students and May 15 for graduate students.

Westchester Community College

The public college will be holding a virtual commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 for graduates from August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 classes. Students and family will receive their Zoom links at 5 p.m., with a pre-show beginning at 5:30.

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