Information for Guests
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 10:00am in the outdoor amphitheater, rain or shine. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets are not required.
Commencement will be outdoors in all but the most inclement weather. Guests are advised to be aware that dress should be weather-related, and hats, sunscreen, or an umbrella may be appropriate. In the event of severe weather conditions, the ceremony will take place in the Williamson Auditorium at Walker Field House and seating will be limited.
The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30pm and all graduates, their families and guests are invited to attend a reception of light refreshments on the Chapel Lawn immediately following.
A live video broadcast will be shown simultaneously in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film (CDF) adjacent to the outdoor amphitheater.
Parking for the commencement ceremony will be at South Lot and the Vassar Farm. See Parking.
Automobile access to campus on commencement day is prohibited until 3:00pm. All guests must use the South Lot parking area. Shuttle buses will run continuously from South Lot and the Vassar Farm to the commencement site beginning at 7:30am. Shuttles will also run from residence halls housing families and guests.
Special Needs Seating
Seating is available for guests using wheelchairs or for those who have other conditions that prohibit them from walking to the outdoor amphitheater seating. Due to the limitations of seating space, we cannot seat entire families in the special needs section but will permit one additional person to be seated in that area with each special needs request. Guests should contact the Office of Campus Activities before May 1. Requests received late will be honored on a space-available basis. Guests with special needs are particularly encouraged to make themselves comfortable in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film if outdoor conditions are not favorable.
Where to Stay
See our list of area hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts. Vassar has no affiliation with any of these establishments except for Alumnae House, which is located on the Vassar campus. You are advised to make all reservations as early as possible. Vassar also offers limited on-campus commencement housing for families and guests of graduating seniors.
Restaurants and Area Attractions
See our list of restaurants in the Poughkeepsie area. You are advised to make all reservations as early as possible.
Traditional activities are organized by the senior class beginning Friday evening and will continue throughout the day on Saturday. These gatherings and events are open to the entire community of graduates and families, and attendance is voluntary. See Weekend Schedule for more information.