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Timeline to Prepare for Commencement

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.

Please take note of the following dates and deadlines to ensure a smooth path to graduation.

May 2020 Graduates – Begin Applying to Graduate

October 15, 2019

To confer your degree in May 2020, you’ll need to apply and receive approval from the Office of the Registrar.

Start Ordering Your Academic Attire

November 13, 2019

You can start to place your orders online for your cap, gown and tassel.

August 2020 Graduates – Open Planning for Summer and Apply to Graduate

March 9, 2020

August 2020 graduates who intend to participate in the May 2020 ceremony can only do so after completing Open Planning for the summer. Contact your adviser to make an appointment.


December 2020 Graduates – Begin Applying to Graduate

March 9, 2020

To confer your degree in December 2020, you’ll need to apply and receive approval from the Office of the Registrar. December 2020 graduates may participate in the May 2021 Commencement ceremony.

Yearbook Orders Begin

March 20, 2020

Yearbooks ordered online will be mailed to your listed address during the summer after graduation.

Last Day to be Included in the Program/MarchingOrder and to Order Attire for Campus Pickup

April 6, 2020

This is the last day to apply to graduate so your name is printed in the official Commencement Program and to obtain a pre-printed MarchingOrder card. 

It is also the last day to order your academic attire to be picked up on campus. After this date, you will only have the option to ship to your home for an additional fee.

Last Day to Submit Name Pronunciation to MarchingOrder

April 15, 2020

Submit your phonetic name pronunciation to MarchingOrder. Instructions are sent directly to your Adelphi Gmail account.

Last Day to Order Attire for Home Shipment and to Order Yearbooks

May 1, 2020

This is your last chance to order your academic attire so that it will be shipped to your home address in time for the ceremony.

Also, be sure to order your Oracle yearbook which will be mailed to your listed address.

Make Accessibility Arrangements

May 1, 2020

Students and guests who would like additional access options during the ceremony are encouraged to contact our Student Access Office.

Grad Pickup Days

May 12-19, 2020

Students can pick up ordered attire and MarchingOrder card. View pickup details for your location.

All students must apply for graduation. Take the Graduation Outcomes Survey Now!


For further information, please contact:

Academic Ceremonies
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