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.
“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
"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
“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
"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
"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