Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, we are asking guests to participate in testing before they arrive on campus. Ideally, this will be a PCR test done within 48 to 72 hours of the event. Alternatively, for those without access to PCR testing, a rapid/antigen/home test conducted as close to the event as possible (within 24 hours) is acceptable. Guests should bring proof of a negative test with them to campus. 

Since COVID-19 cases have risen in the region, we have updated our health and safety protocols for guests for Commencement.

Class of 2022, please plan to attend Commencement Rehearsal on May 17 at 1:00 p.m. It will now take place virtually, so tune in on YouTube.

We look forward to celebrating with you safely as we quickly approach Commencement on Saturday, May 21. Please thoroughly review the following policies and protocols to ensure you are in compliance with Rensselaer health and safety policies and protocols. 

May 2022 Graduates

We are looking forward to celebrating with you at Commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2022! As a reminder, to attend the in-person Commencement ceremony, you must complete the required health and safety requirements.

May 2022 graduates should begin completing these items starting on Monday, May 9. August and December 2021 graduates should be on the lookout for an email with instructions on accessing the DIAL app and Student Health Portal next week and can begin once they are granted access.

All Graduates

Registration for Commencement 2022 is now open. Please be on the lookout for an email from MarchingOrder and be sure to check your spam folder.

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer each graduate a total of four (4) guest tickets for this year's Commencement ceremony, taking place on Saturday, May 21, at 8:15 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village stadium.

Be on the lookout for an email from MarchingOrder early next week with instructions on how to register both yourself and your guests for Commencement. 

President Shirley Ann Jackson invites you, two guests, and your faculty adviser to attend the President’s Commencement Hooding Exercise and light breakfast.

Join us for the President’s Picnic for the graduates following the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. The event is free of cost to the 2022 graduates and their four guests.

It will take place on the ’86 Field and the Hassan Quad. Graduates, please make sure to indicate if you and your guests will be attending when you register for Commencement in MarchingOrder in mid-April (you will receive an email from Marching Order with instructions).

This spring, Rensselaer will hold its 216th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8:15 a.m. at the East Campus Athletic Village Stadium. The Ph.D. hooding will take place on Friday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at the East Campus Athletic Village Arena. Regalia is required for both events.

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