Before Commencement Day

Get your regalia

Students must have all three items — cap, black gown and appropriate hood — to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

See details: Academic Regalia for Graduate students

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - Commencement Fair

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. outside the bookstore (basement of Shults)

Your graduation central: Pick up regalia, complete important tasks for commencement, and celebrate your accomplishments — all in one place, for all graduating students!

Monday, April 15, 2024 - Finances

Deadline for meeting all financial obligations to the college.

Monday, May 1, 2024 - Notify if not attending

Graduate students who choose not to participate in the formal commencement ceremony must contact the Registration & Records Office.

Diplomas for degrees granted in absentia will be available for pick-up in the Registration & Records Office one week after commencement. All diplomas not picked up will be mailed at the end of May.

Wednesday, May 8 - Naz alumni sign-up to present diploma to relative

Naz alumni: Have a relative graduating from Nazareth, and want to be part of the ceremony?

To honor the tradition of a Nazareth education, Naz alumni are invited to ceremoniously hand their graduating student their diploma.

This opportunity is open to one legacy family member per undergraduate or graduate student graduating in this May's commencement ceremonies.

Sign up by May 8.

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Friday, May 17, 2024 - Physical Therapy Hooding Ceremony

The Physical Therapy Hooding Ceremony will be in Beston Hall located in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center on Friday, May 17, 2024, beginning at 10 a.m.

Friday, May 17, 2024 - Occupational Therapy Hooding & Pinning Ceremony

The Occupational Therapy Hooding and Pinning Ceremony will be in Beston Hall,  located in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, on Friday, May 17, 2024, beginning at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 17, 2024 - Social Work Hooding Ceremony

The Social Work Hooding Ceremony will be in the Shults Forum on Friday, May 17, 2024, beginning at 3:30 pm.


Friday, May 17, 2024


  • Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Golisano Training Center on campus (indoors)

What to expect:

  • For guests: Doors open at Golisano Training Center at 4:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. ceremony.
  • Students, allow extra time to arrive on campus. Assemble at 5 p.m. on the turf field at the west end of the Golisano Training Center.
  • Five minutes before the ceremony: Procession begins.

Read: Graduate Commencement FAQs >

After the ceremony

8:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2024 - Go Light Your World Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony of Gratitude and Induction into the Nazareth Alumni Association will take place outdoors at the Garen Peace Garden (the campus fountain). The ceremony consists of a candlelit procession, speakers, readings, and music. It concludes with a champagne toast and dessert reception.

Class of 2024 students (both graduate and undergraduate) and families are welcome to attend.

Sponsored by Culture, Community and Belonging, Undergraduate Association, and Alumni Engagement.

Graduates in cap and gown awaiting Grad Commencement

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