This year, Wagner College will host commencement events for both the Class of 2020, whose regular commencement last year was suspended during the Covid shutdown, and the Class of 2021.

Because of the state’s Covid health-safety regulations, we must break each class up into groups of 150 students or less so that each student can share their commencement experience with two guests. (We will also provide free, live webcasts of each commencement program on the college’s Facebook page for those unable to attend. Recordings will be posted on the college’s website the first week in June.)

All of this means that we will have two events for the Class of 2020, and three events for the Class of 2021.

All of them will be held on the Sutter Oval, the traditional home of Wagner College commencements.

In case of rain in the forecast for the original date, events will take place on the following day, rain or shine. Rain delays will be announced no later than the morning of the day before the scheduled dates.

Graduates were sent a guest registration form that is due May 17, 2021 at 12:00pm noon.

Forms are only submitted once with no changes. Furthermore, it is the graduate’s responsibility to inform their guests of their responsibilities as it relates to Covid-19. All graduates and guests are required to bring one (1) of the following relating to Covid-19:

  • Proof that they have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19. This proof must demonstrate the final vaccination was administered at least 14 days prior to the day of the ceremony.
  • A negative Covid-19 PCR or NAAT test taken no more than three days prior to the commencement exercises.
  • A letter from a licensed medical professional indicating the party has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days and has fully recovered.

If guests are not registered prior to the event, access to commencement will be denied. There are no day-of-registrants permitted. All guest submissions are final and non-transferable.

Ferry shuttle suspended

Ferry shuttle service will be suspended on the day of the Class of 2020’s commencement event, whether that is May 22 or the rain date of May 23. Please make alternative arrangements in advance.

Which commencement event is mine?

The time of the graduation ceremony a student will attend is based upon the student’s primary major. See the breakdowns below to find your major, and your commencement event. (In the case of education double majors, it’s the non-education major.)

Still have questions? Email Associate Provost Nick Richardson at

May 22 graduates (Class of 2020)

9:30 a.m. — Biology, Business Administration (undergraduate and graduate), Computer Science, Chemistry, Health Science, Mathematics, Microbiology (undergraduate and graduate), Nursing (undergraduate and graduate), Physics, Physician Assistant (undergraduate and graduate)

2 p.m. — Anthropology, Art, Arts Administration, Behavioral Economics, Economics, English, Film/Media Studies, Government & Politics, History, International Affairs, Independent Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Education (graduate only)

May 27 graduates (Class of 2021)

9 a.m. — Anthropology, Behavioral Economics, Biology, Biopsychology, Business Administration (undergraduate and graduate), Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology & Anthropology

1 p.m. — Nursing (undergraduate and graduate), Physician Assistant (undergraduate and graduate)

4:30 p.m. — Art, Arts Administration, English, Film/Media Studies, Government & Politics, History, International Affairs, Independent Studies, Music, Philosophy, Public Policy & Administration, Spanish, Theatre, Education (graduate only)