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Can't make it to Commencement 2018? We will stream a live video webcast of the complete program on our Facebook page. Just go to The live streaming video will begin Friday morning, May 11 at 9 a.m.

Commencement 2018

Posted by Wagner College on Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Baccalaureate service

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4 p.m. on the Sutter Oval.

Students: Line up no later than 3:30 p.m. in the Spiro Sports Center gym. Dress in business attire.

Faculty & deans: Line up no later than 3:30 p.m. in the SSC Hospitality Room. Wear academic regalia.


Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. under the tent on the Sutter Oval.

Students: Line up no later than 8:45 a.m. in the Spiro Sports Center gym. Wear your cap and gown.

Faculty & deans: Line up no later than 9 a.m. in the SSC Dance Studio. Wear academic regalia.

Immediately following Commencement:

The distribution of diplomas

Diplomas will be handed out on the ground floor of Main Hall for 2 hours following commencement:

theater doctoral & master’s diplomas, and certifications
Room 7 bachelor’s degrees, last name A to F
Room 8 bachelor’s G to L
Room 11 bachelor’s M to Q
Room 12 bachelor’s R to S
Room 13 bachelor’s T to Z
Room 6 troubleshooting — fixing problems

Graduating students may pick up their own diplomas — and only graduates (not friends or family members) may pick up their own diplomas. Please be prepared to present your student ID card when picking up your diploma.

Those with financial holds will be directed to the Bursar’s Office in Cunard Hall to clear those holds before being given their diplomas.


A message from President Richard Guarasci:

Friday, May 11, 2018 is a special day. You will graduate! After four (or more) years of being a college student, your accomplishment will be recognized; you will receive your baccalaureate degree and be welcomed into "the company of educated men and women."

Baccalaureate is a Latin word meaning the bachelor's degree. Its literal meaning is bacca (berry) and laureus (of laurel) — the kind of prize that ancient Olympians received for winning a track or field event. The name remains, although your prize is much more valuable: a degree! For most of you, that degree represents a fair amount of hard work and sacrifice by many people: your parents and other members of your family, your teachers, probably some friends — and, of course, yourself. Congratulations!

A message from Provost Lily D. McNair:


I hope you are feeling the excitement of your final semester at Wagner College. Commencement will be the culmination of years of scholarly work and achievement at Wagner. We assume that you will have completed all requirements for graduation and will be a degree candidate. I encourage you to stay focused on your goal toward successful graduation during these last months. You have much to look forward to as you continue your journey toward Commencement and future success.

As you enter the next chapter of your life as a Wagner alum, I encourage you to remain connected to the College. Come back and visit, stay in touch with your professors and remember the experiences that shaped your college years. I wish you well and look forward to congratulating you in person at Commencement.