Sarah Lawrence College Commencement 2015

There will be TWO commencement ceremonies this year:

Graduate degree recipients’ ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m.

Undergraduate degree recipients’ ceremony will be held on Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m.

Please find below helpful general information about the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate and Undergraduate commencement ceremonies. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact the Office of College Events at (914) 395-2412 or

Remember: Graduation and commencement are separate events. All students must complete their graduation application in order to graduate.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
May 21, 2015

Please note: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are required for entry.
The Graduate commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 21. The ceremony takes place under a tent (rain or shine) on Westland South Lawn. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will last approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. A light reception on Andrews Lawn follows the ceremony.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker              
Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, will address the master’s degree candidates. | Read more»

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
May 22, 2015

Please note: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are required for entry.
The Undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 22. The ceremony takes place under a tent (rain or shine) on Westland South Lawn. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and generally lasts around 2 hours. The Deans’ reception on the North Lawn follows the ceremony.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker              
Philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the Commencement address to the undergraduate class of 2015. | Read more»

Undergraduate Commencement Seating
Space at Undergraduate Commencement is very limited: we can accommodate four guests for each undergraduate and each undergraduate will receive only four invitations. The invitations will include four tickets, which are required for admittance to the ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and begins at 8:30 a.m. Undergraduates will be notified when tickets are available for pick up in the Office of College Events. This is usually in late April.

Information for Both Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

Live Broadcast
Live broadcast of the commencement ceremonies will be available in Reisinger Auditorium. This open, general seating will be available after the processional has entered the tent: 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 for the Graduate ceremony and 10:05 a.m, on Friday, May 22 for the Undergraduate ceremony.

Seating Accommodations
Sarah Lawrence College works to ensure that appropriate accommodations and services are provided for students and their guests at the commencement ceremonies in accordance with The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you anticipate needing accommodations for a guest, please contact College Events at or by mail. All requests must be made in writing prior to May 1. Please indicate for which ceremony seating is being requested and the graduate’s name. Guests must be pre-registered for special seating. There will be sign language interpreters at both ceremonies. If you are in need of this service, please e-mail

Parking on Campus
On both Commencement Days, you may park in any Sarah Lawrence parking lot. College Security will direct you to parking areas when you arrive on campus. 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 be shuttle service to and from the Metro-North Bronxville train station before and after each ceremony.

Because we know how important this day is to students and their families, the College has arranged for a professional photographer to take a video of each ceremony as well as two photos of every student. The first picture is taken as the student receives their diploma case from the president, and the second after the student has exited the stage, diploma case in hand. Graduate students will also be photographed as they receive their hood. These pictures and the video will be available for purchase a few weeks after Commencement; an order form for the video and one for the still photographs will each be mailed to the student’s home address. We hope this will enable families to sit comfortably in their seats with the reassurance that they will have a professionally produced photographic memory of this very special moment. Those who feel they must take a photograph with their own camera should be considerate of those around them and make note of our guidelines:

  • Parents and guests should not stand up in their row, as this will block the view of those seated behind them
  • Aisles cannot be blocked and standing in aisles is not permitted

Commencement Week Activities/Residence Hall Closings
Traditionally, commencement week is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to relax and spend time with their fellow graduates and faculty at events like the Senior Lecture and the Graduates Dance. Seniors are welcome to remain in their residence halls during this week but students must vacate their rooms before 8 p.m. on Friday, May 22. There can be no exceptions. Residence halls close on May 17 at 5 p.m. for students who are not graduating.

Watch Commencement Live

Both the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live. Use the following links to watch each ceremony as they happen:

Graduate Commencement
Watch Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. ET»

Undergraduate Commencement
Watch Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m. ET»

Area Accommodations and Restaurants

To assist you with your planning for Commencement 2015, we've compiled a list of area hotels and accommodations and area restaurants.