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September 29–October 2, 2022

University of Rochester Advancement is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all guests. Please visit for the latest COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis
Commencement Speaker

Academy Award-winner and one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, Geena Davis, has made us laugh, cry, and reflect for more than 35 years. She is a leading advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment and is recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. The Commencement Ceremony will be in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and will be simulcast across campus and available via livestream.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho
Featured Performer

Comedian, actor, musician, advocate, entrepreneur, five-time Grammy and Emmy nominee, author, and member of the LGBTQ community, Margaret Cho is a jack of all trades, master of many. Cho is active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, and LGBTQ rights campaigns and was recently honored with the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women. This performance will take place on the River Campus.

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2020 Commencement

The University of Rochester is excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 with an in-person ceremony during Meliora 2021. The ceremony and other select events will be available virtually. Please register, and a link will be sent to you for viewing. Regalia was available for pre-order and may be picked up onsite on Friday, October 1. View our Commencement Activities FAQ to learn more.

Check out highlights from Meliora Weekend 2021 below.