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October 1-2, 2021

Meliora 2021 celebrates Rochester’s resilience

On October 1 and 2, the University of Rochester community came together in person and online for two days of reunions, celebrations, conversations, performances, and family fun, including the much-anticipated “One University” Commencement honoring the Class of 2020.

Although COVID-19 protocols limited this year’s in-person attendance to current students, alumni from the Classes of 2020 and 2021, and their families, Meliora 2021 programming—most of which was available via livestream—drew thousands of participants to rewind, reunite, and reconnect.

Learn more about the celebrations

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.

Save the date for 2022:
Meliora Weekend will fully return in 2022 when the annual event will once again be open to all alumni, families, and friends. Mark your calendars for September 29–October 2