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Virtual Commencement | May 22, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Virtual Commencement ceremonies recognize August 2019, December 2019 and January 2020 graduates, and May 2020 and August 2020 candidates.

We look forward to celebrating with our graduates in person in May 2021.

Undergrad Commencement video link

Download the Undergraduate Commencement program here.

Graduate Commencement video link

Download the Graduate Commencement program here.

Ed Carroll portrait

Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media) | Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks

Majessa Pedrozo portrait

Majessa Pedrozo ’19 (Communication Disorders) | Valedictorian

Kian portrait video

Kiana Graham ’20 (International Relations) | President of First World Graduation

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lyman

Barbara Lyman | Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson

Kristina M. Johnson | SUNY Chancellor 

Chuck Shumer

Chuck Schumer | United States Senator

Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul | NY Lieutenant Governor 

“We recognize and commend our graduates who have worked diligently to overcome the direct and indirect impact of the coronavirus and continued to be productive during these extraordinary times. We know that students were especially saddened to have their final semester ended so abruptly, and we applaud their ability to overcome the adversity that coronavirus has caused in their educational and personal lives. Our students’ willingness and success in adapting quickly to a changing environment will serve them well in their lives and livelihoods.”

President Donald P. Christian

Convocation photo collage

We celebrated you 

when you first arrived at New Paltz for Convocation, and now we celebrate all you've accomplished during your time here.

"SUNY New Paltz has given us the opportunity to evolve as people, to expand our knowledge and skills, and to be independent. We have made unforgettable memories and built relationships with people who inspire us. As we close this chapter and open the next one, I hope that we all consciously choose kindness and gratitude and ardently use our passions, talents, and experience to lift those around us"

Majessa Pedrozo ’19 (Communication Disorders), 2020 Valedictorian

First World photo collage

First World Graduation and Educational Opportunity Program

“We have persevered, we have adjusted, and we have conquered. We have been through adversity long before these times arrived, and we will continue to humbly do so until we cannot anymore. Congratulations, to the strongest class I know.”

Kiana Graham ’20 (International Relations), President, First World Graduation

Athletics Championships collage

Championships: 2018 Women's Volleyball | 2018 Women's Field Hockey | 2019 Men's Volleyball | 2019 Women's Basketball | 2020 Women's Basketball

"This is a time when society needs more than ever the greater expertise and skills that your program has provided. We make greater progress in tackling a whole range of societal problems, such as economic inequality, environmental threats and educational barriers, when a more highly educated cadre like you applies to these problems the critical analysis, bold leadership and communication skills that you have strengthened during your graduate studies"

Barbara Lyman, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Senior Toast glasses

A Toast to the Senior Class!

Senior Toast video one

Video Toast | Education Majors

Senior Toast celebration video

Virtual Senior Toast Ceremony

Senior Toast Video two

Senior Toast Gallery

senior toast montage video

Senior Toast montage

senior toast montage video 2

Senior Toast Montage 2

senior toast montage video 3

Senior Toast Montage 3

"This is a disruption like we haven’t seen, but it can lead to change and new ways of doing things, and create a need for contributions from new people with new approaches. You have what it takes to succeed, and most important, you have the ability to define what success will look like for you."

Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media), COO of AMC Networks 


Graphic Design Show art

Celebrating seniors’ art exhibitions, capstone projects, theses and awards

Honors Ceremony group photo

Honors Program Graduation

Student Affairs awards

Distinguished Seniors in Student Affairs

School of Business Ceremony

School of Business Awards and Graduation Ceremony

Lavender Ceremony video

Lavender Celebration

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Special videos for graduates
Faculty and Staff Video montage

SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff congratulate the Class of 2020

TicTok Video

We hereby confer your degrees!

Acapella song video

Absolut A Cappella performs the Alma Mater

School of business video

School of Education Class of 2020

NP Grads are Unstoppable video

SUNY New Paltz Grads of 2020: Unstoppable

Languages Literatures and Culture video

Message to Graduates from the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Questionable music video

Questionable Authorities, the all-professor rock band, celebrate the Class of 2020

International Program video

Center for International Programs congratulates the Class of 2020

Professor video

Psychology Professor Jonathan Raskin congratulates the Class of 2020

Download swag section

Show your New Paltz pride and download Commencement-themed virtual swag here.

DIY Mortarboard plans


Swag - photo backgrounds


Swag - Commencement Pennant


Virtual Commencement Facebook profile template


Virtual Commencement Facebook profile template


Virtual Commencement Facebook profile template


Greetings from SUNY NP postcard