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Commencement and Degree Conferral

All of us at the University are not able to gather as originally planned for our traditional Commencement and diploma ceremonies. While the University hopes to celebrate the Class of 2020 with in-person ceremonies when it is safe to do so, degrees were conferred online on May 15. Congratulations, graduates!

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Commencement Ceremonies

The University is planning to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies as soon as it is feasible and safe to do so. This website will be updated with more information and details around Commencement ceremonies as they become available.


How to Contact Us

If you have questions, contact the Commencement Office by phone at (585) 275-4111 or email

Conferring Degrees

On May 15 the University conferred degrees to graduating students in a video message from President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf on the Class of 2020 degree conferral website. The video message is available online and can be viewed at your convenience.

The website also includes:

  • A special video message from Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, President and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor
  • Written remarks from Richard Handler, Chair of the Board of Trustees, University of Rochester
  • A video message from Charles Schumer, United States Senator for New York
  • A video message from Kathleen Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York
  • A link to this year’s honorary degrees, medals, and teaching awards recipients
  • Links to searchable lists of graduating students by school

Degree-granting schools and units are celebrating graduates with special recorded presentations that you can view at your convenience.

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