2020 Masters Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 26, 2020
Location: Virtual Ceremony; link to be provided

PLEASE NOTE: The Commencement activities will be held virtually. Please tune in to the provided link at the recommended time.
2 pm: Commencement Ceremony Begins
4 pm: Commencement Ceremony Concludes


Our cap and gown vendor, Herff Jones, has reduced its operations due to the shutdown. For your 10-second videos, we ask that you dress in business casual attire, as we cannot guarantee that caps and gowns will be shipped to you in time to make your recordings.

However, if you wish to have a cap and gown to wear to take photos on your own, Herff Jones will endeavor to ship any orders placed by May 27 to your home address by June 26, at no cost to you.

To order your cap and gown, please visit collegegrad.herffjones.com.

If you have further questions, please contact Steven Clarke at Herff Jones: 516-223-2572; thegraduateguy@aol.com.

You will hear messages from the following:

  • Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marta Filizola, Ph.D.
  • Masters Student Speaker
  • Commencement Address Speaker

This will be done a bit differently this year but, stay tuned for what we have in store.

It very important that all students check their emails during this time for important information regarding Commencement.

You will be allowed to take photos with your cap and gown but you MUST return your cap, gown, and hood to Herff Jones at the end of the rental period.

Q: Will there still be a Commencement Ceremony?
A: Yes! Just virtually and reimagined. 

Q: What does a Virtual Commencement entail?
A: Good Question. Same parts as an in-person ceremony, just online. We are working with everyone to make this virtual Commencement great.

Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: The ceremony is approximately 2 hours

Q: How do I or my family and friends watch the ceremony?
A: Link will be provided to share with your friends and family a few days before Commencement

Q: Should I still order my Cap and Gown?
A: Yes! Please order your cap and gowns with Herff Jones by April 24, 2020. All cap and gowns will be delivered to the addresses provided during your order.

Q: How will my degree get conferred?
A: This will be done a bit differently this year but, stay tuned for what we have in store.