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Commencement Ceremony Information

Coronavirus update:

Due to a ban on gatherings in New York State, and the requirement of our state and county departments of health to maintain social distance and reduce population density during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are canceling our planned May 2020 Commencement exercises. We are actively working on plans for alternative commencement and doctoral hooding events and celebrations. We know this is deeply disappointing to our graduates and their families, but Adelphi’s duty to adhere to official guidance and to protect our community and each other is paramount. Be assured that all students who are eligible and have completed their requirements toward graduation will still receive their degrees. We will share new celebration plans, once finalized, on this commencement webpage, our coronavirus information page, and by email to all our students.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

NYCB Live – Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553

Student Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Processional: 9:00 a.m.
Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Doors open to guests at 8:00 a.m. – No Tickets Needed

Inviting Guests

There are no tickets needed to attend Adelphi’s commencement ceremony. You may invite as many friends and family as you like.

International Guests

Students who wish to invite international guests to Commencement will need to request a letter of invitation. Please contact the Office of International Services for assistance.


Bring your MarchingOrder card and Student ID

MarchingOrder cards and IDs are used for student check-in. You must fill out the back of the card before arriving at the Coliseum.

Bring your Cap and Gown

You must have your academic attire to walk across the stage. There is no attire is available at the Coliseum so do not forget to bring your robe, cap and tassel.

Leave Your Backpacks and Bags at Home

You will need to go through security before heading down to the Expo Center for check-in.

Where to Go

Students and guests should use the Gate 5 entrance with students entering through the doors on the right (Grant Thornton VIP entrance) and guests entering via the doors on the left.

Photo showing the Gate 5 entrances for NYCBLive. Guests enter on the left and students and faculty and VIPs on the right.

Students: Proceed directly down the escalators, then head left for the Expo Center. The Expo Center will be sectioned off by college/school. Please assemble in your appropriate section. When lining up for the processional, masters and certificates candidates line up first, followed by undergraduates. Students are expected to stay through the end of the ceremony, the last graduate is just as important as the first and deserves the same respect and attention.

Guests: Head directly to the arena. Seats are first come, first-served.

Children: Children are welcome to attend the ceremony but are not permitted to join graduates on the arena floor or cross the stage. There are no exceptions to this rule.

» Accessibility and Mobility Concerns

Parking and Travel

There is no charge for parking at the Coliseum, but we strongly suggest allowing extra time for the delay created by a large number of people arriving all at once.

» NYCB Live – Ford Parking Lot Diagram


Public Transportation

Public transportation is an excellent alternative. Shuttles will be provided to meet passengers traveling on trains that arrive at the Hempstead LIRR train station between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Buses will be departing the south side of the Coliseum and heading to the Hempstead terminal to coincide with trains departing between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There will be no transportation from the Adelphi campus to the Coliseum.


Island Photography will be taking photographs of all graduates, who will be photographed at three different points. Purchasing photographs is not mandatory. We request that family photographs be taken after the ceremony.

Commencement Programs

Commencement programs will be distributed at the Coliseum. If, after the commencement ceremony, you would like additional copies of the program, simply send an email to


For further information, please contact:

Academic Ceremonies
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