94th Commencement: May 13, 2022

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Sarah Lawrence College will confer degrees for the undergraduate and graduate classes of 2022 in a ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2022. In addition, a graduate hooding ceremony will take place on Thursday evening, May 12, for our master’s candidates.

Students who graduated in the fall 2021 semester and students who are candidates for graduation at the end of the spring 2022 semester are invited to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony. In addition, members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 are invited to participate in this year’s ceremony.

Please note: All guests coming to campus for Commencement will be expected to adhere to any COVID-related protocols in place at that time.

Commencement Ceremony

The 94th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022, under a tent (rain or shine) on Westlands South Lawn. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. A celebratory reception on the North Lawn will follow the ceremony.

Commencement Ticketing and Seating

Seating  at the Commencement Ceremony is very limited, and it is an event that requires tickets for guests. Each graduate will receive a total of four tickets: two for seating under the tent, and two for seating at an on-campus watch party. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for ticket holders and begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 13. Commencement participants will be notified when tickets are available for pick up on campus. Please hold on to your tickets, as they cannot be replaced if lost.

Seating Accommodations

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive event for students and their loved ones. Access considerations are an important part of the planning process. If you anticipate needing accommodations for a ticketed guest, please email SLC Events by April 29, 2022. In your request, please include graduate’s name, guest’s name, and what type of seating or service your guest is requesting.

Parking on Campus

On Commencement day guests may park in any Sarah Lawrence parking lot as directed by Campus Safety.  Once all lots are full, there will be a designated overflow parking area at the Cross County Mall and shuttle service to and from campus. Please note that parking on any side street or Kimball Avenue may result in a ticket from the City of Yonkers.

There will also be a limited shuttle service to and from the Metro-North Bronxville station before and after the ceremony.

Livestream of Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live for all to watch virtually. A link to the livestream feed will be added to this site prior to the event start.

Photographs

This is a big day for students and their families! The College has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures of every student as they cross the stage and after they have exited the stage during the ceremony. These pictures will be available for purchase a few weeks after Commencement; an order form for the photographs will be emailed as well as mailed to the student’s home address. We hope that this will enable families to sit comfortably in their seats with the reassurance that they will have a professionally produced photographic recording of this very special moment. 

To make sure all guests have a positive experience during the ceremony please do not stand up in rows, as this will block the view of those seated behind. Standing in or blocking aisles is not permitted.

Commencement Ceremony Speaker          

Our 2022 Commencement Speaker will be announced shortly.

Commencement Week Activities/Residence Hall Closings

Traditionally, Commencement Week is an opportunity for graduates to spend time with each other and with faculty. Seniors are welcome to remain in their residence halls during this time. Graduates must move out of their residence halls by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

Cap & Gown

Cap and gown are provided to graduates at no charge. Measurements must be given to SLC Events by March 25. An email will be sent to graduates in mid-February requesting this information. This regalia includes a cap and tassel, and students are welcome to keep the regalia after commencement. The regalia, called GreenWeaver®, is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles in an effort to remain environmentally conscious.

Graduation announcements

Graduation announcements are available from Jostens. Order announcements online at www.jostens.com/college or by calling 1-800-854-7464.

Lodging and Restaurants

Nearby hotels and restaurants offer discounted rates or specials for Sarah Lawrence College friends and family. Ask for the "SLC college" rate when booking or making a reservation. A list of area hotels and restaurants will be available in mid-February.