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Commencement Ceremonies

The College Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2020 Degree Conferral Celebration

On Friday, May 15, the University will confer degrees on graduating students in a video message from President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf on the Class of 2020 degree conferral website. The video message will be available online at 12 p.m. (EDT) and can be viewed with family and friends at your convenience.

The website also will include a message from Rich Handler, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, information on this year’s honorary degrees, medals, and teaching awards recipients, and a link to a searchable list of all graduating students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

Also beginning at noon on May 15, AS&E’s own Class of 2020 website will celebrate graduates with video messages from the deans and student class president Rachel Goodman, as well as a moving acapella performance of The Genesee. In addition, you will find links to department celebrations as well as a link to this year’s Singer Senior Family Prize recipients.

Countdown to Conferral - Events

Wednesday, May 13

WCSA and FSA Open House

Wilson Commons Student Activities and Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Open House from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Do you miss the Campus Center? Maybe you want to say goodbye to your advisor or supervisor. Or, do you want to learn the recipe for our new signature cocktail - the Meliora Mimosa - during a Happy Hour? Pop into our themed rooms to share your favorite Rochester Traditions memories, honor leadership and involvement accomplishments, and hangout with your fellow members of the Class of 2020. Join WCSA and FSA staff as we celebrate and say goodbye to our seniors! To participate, register here anytime to receive the Zoom link. All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a Community Weekend quarter-zip.

Greene Center Open House and Quiz Show

Open House runs from noon - 2 p.m. Stop in to say hi!

Greene Team Quiz Show is from 7 - 8 p.m.

Rainbow Graduation

4:30 - 6 p.m. Register here.

Virtual Senior Happy Hour

All graduating seniors are invited to the Virtual Senior Happy Hour from 8 - 9 p.m. You will need to register beforehand.

Thursday, May 14

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Open House

4-5 p.m. CETL staff members will be hosting a drop-in Zoom call for any Class of 2020 members who want to drop by to connect, whether they were program participants, student employees, or students in CETL's peer education courses. Register here:

Senior Toast

The senior class toast is released! Watch the video.

Friday, May 15

Class of 2020 Degree Conferral

Starting at noon, celebrate our graduates!

Rochester Center for Community Leadership Open House

3:30 - 5 p.m. Register here.

Happy Hour Meditation

5 - 5:20 p.m. Register here.

Saturday, May 16

NROTC Commissioning 

2 p.m.

47th Annual OMSA Senior Commencement Virtual Celebration

3 - 5 p.m.

Weeklong Events

Celebrating the Class of 2020 with Rush Rhees Library!

360 Tower Experience: enjoy a panoramic view of River Campus from the top of Rush Rhees Tower

Video Tour: get the full start-to-finish experience of taking the Tower Tour

Visit the Grand Staircase: start the Athena statues and explore the grand staircase in Rush Rhees Library (double-click to jump to a point; scroll to zoom in or out)

Studio X Fun: download the Studio X app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store

  • Tower to Quad Flight: fly from Rush Rhees tower to the George Eastman statue
  • AR Commencement George: take a graduation photo with the George Eastman statue (only available in the Studio X app)

Regalia: Students wishing to purchase regalia may do so on the Oak Hall website.

Diplomas: Diplomas will be mailed the week of commencement and should arrive at their destination in 4-6 weeks (both domestic and international). You will also receive an email regarding the availability of a CeDiploma, a certified Electronic Diploma to purchase and download if desired. You can view information regarding the CeDiploma here:

DO NOT attempt to submit a request prior to receiving the email after commencement.


For more information, please see the FAQs about commencement and events on the Coronavirus Update website.