Details may be updated if the state's pandemic protocols change.


January 1, 2021 - March 7, 2021 - Regalia
Monday, April 1, 2021 - Notify if not attending
April 16, 2021 - Finances


Friday, May 14, 2021

Plans are subject to change based on state pandemic protocols.

Pre-ceremony testing

New York state requires all graduating students, guests, and Commencement staff to provide proof of testing or of vaccination within specific time periods. If you are a graduating student who hasn’t been vaccinated, this could include same-day rapid testing. See the Commencement homepage for details.



  • 3 p.m. May 14 for Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • 6 p.m. May 14 for Master of Science in Education (MSEd), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Music (MM), and Master of Art (MA)

Location: Golisano Training Center on campus (indoors)

Guests: See the Commencement homepage for requirements for guests.

Length: Each ceremony will last about one hour.

What to expect:

  • For guests: Doors open at Golisano Training Center at 1:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony and by about 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. ceremony (after cleaning/disinfecting between events).
  • Students, allow extra time to arrive on campus and get tested or show proof of vaccination at the gym and get your wristband, to then be at Golisano Training Center (GTC) by one hour before your ceremony. Your Commencement registration confirmation email includes a specific recommended timeline for your ceremony.
  • One hour before the ceremony: Graduating students assemble on the turf field at the west end of the Golisano Training Center
  • Five minutes before the ceremony: Procession begins.

Read the Graduate Commencement FAQs >

Brad Ford

What's Next?

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Brad Ford '14, '18G, '20G went on to be a senior equity compensation analyst at Constellation Brands. "My learnings at Nazareth allow me to think with a leadership mentality and to be proactive rather than reactive in day-to-day business situations," he says. "Effective leadership trickles down and ultimately drives bottom-line results."