Commencement Health and Safety Requirements

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

  1. Sign the Commencement Community Health and Safety Agreement in the Student Health Portal by Thursday, May 12.

  2. Log your daily interactions, activities, and wellness check in DIAL by 10 a.m. each day. May 2022 graduates should continue logging this information each morning and August and December 2021 graduates should begin logging this information on Wednesday, May 18.

  3. Upload COVID-19 vaccination and booster documentation to DIAL by Thursday, May 12 (please see the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement section below for specific guidelines).

  4. Participate in COVID-19 testing (please see the Pre-Commencement COVID-19 Testing section below for specific guidelines). In adherence with Rensselaer health and safety protocols, if your COVID-19 test is positive, you will not be permitted to participate in the in-person Commencement ceremony.

  5. Share the guest requirements with your guests (see below for details).

  6. Follow all Commencement health and safety protocols.

To review your compliance status with each of the items above, log into DIAL. If you fail to complete the items above, you cannot participate in Commencement.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony must be in compliance with Rensselaer health and safety policies and protocols, including being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes receiving the COVID-19 booster if eligible (i.e., six months since the second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination or two months since the Johnson & Johnson vaccination).

  • May 2022 Graduates: If for any reason you have not already done so, please upload your COVID-19 vaccination and booster documentation to DIAL by Thursday, May 12.

  • August and December 2021 Graduates: You must upload an image of the front of your COVID-19 vaccination record card containing your name, date of birth, and proof of your booster into DIAL. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines are accepted as well as COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. Please allow 72 business hours for your card to be reviewed. To check your compliance status in DIAL, click on Return-to-Campus Compliance. You will receive an email if there are any issues with your documentation. 

Pre-Commencement COVID-19 Testing

All graduates participating in Commencement must be tested for COVID-19 prior to the ceremony.

May 2022 Graduates:

  1. Schedule your on-campus COVID-19 test by Thursday, May 12. Testing will take place in the Alumni Sports & Recreation Center (AS&RC).

    • If you plan on attending the President's Colloquy on Friday, May 20, you must schedule your on-campus test for Wednesday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Registration is required for the President's Colloquy.

    • If you only plan on attending Commencement on Saturday, May 21, you must schedule your on-campus test in DIAL for either Wednesday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., or Thursday, May 19, between 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

  2. If you will be in Troy between the end of finals and graduation, please continue to participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing the week of May 9. That week, testing is available on Monday, May 9, and Thursday, May 12, between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. at the AS&RC. Attend testing on one of those days.

  3. If you will not be in Troy between the end of finals and graduation, attend testing as described in #1 above.

August and December 2021 Graduates:

  1. Schedule your on-campus COVID-19 test by Thursday, May 12 (see #1 above for testing dates and times). If you are an August or December graduate living outside of the Capital Region and cannot attend the designated on-campus COVID-19 testing dates and times, you must bring documentation of a negative result from an external PCR test taken 48 hours prior to arrival.

Commencement Guests
 

All guests attending Commencement are required to:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 health form prior to arrival.

  2. Follow the Commencement health and safety protocols.

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