Commencement 2021

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Last updated: March 11, 2021, at 4:35 p.m.

93rd Undergraduate Commencement:
Friday, May 14, at 11 a.m. ET

Graduate Commencement:
Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. ET

In an email to the community on March 11, President Judd announced that Sarah Lawrence College's 93rd Undergraduate Commencement and our Graduate Commencement ceremony will both be held virtually and livestreamed for all to participate.

While we acknowledge how disappointing this decision will be for many, our reasons for holding a virtual commencement instead of an in-person event are numerous and sound based on what we know and can reasonably anticipate in terms of the ongoing pandemic. The safety and well-being of our community is paramount, but our decision to hold a virtual ceremony also reflects our desire to create the best shared experience for all our graduates regardless of where they presently are in the worldan experience that is equitable for all who have worked so hard during their time at Sarah Lawrence.

Full details on our commencement ceremonies will be shared on this site as they unfold; students are also asked to monitor their Gryphon mail for updates throughout the semester.

Commencement Speaker

Jamaal BowmanWe're pleased to announce that Congressman Jamaal Bowman of New York’s 16th District will give the address at our 2021 commencement exercises for undergraduate and graduate students.

Born and raised in New York City, Congressman Bowman represents a district with which he has great personal experience: the 16th District includes the Northern Bronx and parts of Westchester, including New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Bronxville, and Yonkers, where he now resides with his family. Congressman Bowman’s earliest years were spent in public housing and rent-controlled apartments, where he was raised by his mother, a postal worker. After graduating from the University of New Haven, Bowman embarked on a career as a crisis intervention teacher in the Bronx and later earned a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Mercy College and a doctorate in education from Manhattanville.

Learn more about our distinguished speaker

Kudos for the Class of 2021!

Share your congratulations or advice with the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2021 via our Kudoboards!

Commencement Questions & Answers

Where can I watch Commencement?

This site will be updated with a livestream link and also shared via email and social media prior to commencement. The livestream will be public, so all members of the SLC community as well as friends and family will be able to watch.

Will regalia be available to order?

Yes! You can place your order for regalia on the MySLC Commencement website and receive approved regalia at no charge. Only students who are eligible to graduate will be able to place an order. 

Is regalia required this year?

It may be fun to join classmates from around the world in wearing these celebratory garments as well as for photos before, during, and after the ceremony, but regalia is optional.

Where can I order graduation announcements and other commemorative items?

A number of commemorative items are available on the Josten’s website.

How will students receive diplomas this academic year?

Diplomas will be mailed in early June. The Registrar will send an email asking graduates to indicate the best mailing address - please be on the lookout for that later in the spring semester.

I have a question regarding my diploma, who should I contact?

The Registrar’s office will be able to help with questions related to a student’s diploma and can be reached at regoff@sarahlawrence.edu. Diplomas will be mailed in early June.

When am I required to move out of my on campus residence?

Graduating students must fully vacate their campus residence by 8 p.m. on the day of Commencement.

Will the Class of 2021 be able to celebrate in person when it is safe to do so?

Yes, the Class of 2021 will have the opportunity to celebrate in-person at a future date. Details are not available at this time, but will be announced when more information is available.

What about the Class of 2020, will they be able to celebrate in person when it is safe to do so?

Yes, the Class of 2020 will also have the opportunity to celebrate in-person at a future date. Details are not available at this time, but will be announced when more information is available. Please create your alumni account on our website to register for events, update your contact information, and learn about ways to remain in touch with your classmates.

Can graduating seniors travel to Sarah Lawrence if any in person gatherings are approved later in the semester if I am not a residential or commuter student?

We are optimistic that graduating students who are neither residential nor commuting may be able to participate in some of these events on campus, should they wish to do so. Those graduating students will have to test and quarantine appropriately in advance and then join the College's COVID-19 testing program. More information about required protocols for non-commuter students who wish to come to campus will be shared as the schedule of events takes shape.

This list of questions and answers will be updated regularly to address questions from graduates and family members.