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For Graduates

Detailed information is provided by Campus Activities throughout your last year at Vassar. Please check your Vassar email address for information about Commencement and related deadlines. Contact the Campus Activities Office if you have other questions or concerns regarding commencement.

Vassar Rings

If you would like to purchase a Vassar ring, please contact Herff Jones. 1-800-837-4235

Graduation Announcements

To order announcements and other graduation products, log on to:

Questions? Please contact Yona Benyamini.

Yearbook Information and Orders

Academic Dress

Academic dress is required to march at commencement. Purchase your caps and gowns at the College Store in the Juliet Building at the corner of Raymond Avenue and Collegeview or log on to:

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal is Friday, May 22, at 9:00am. Be sure to clear financial obligations with Student Financial Services. Return library books. Senior Line-up: Graduates should arrive at the commencement site by 9:00am on the morning of commencement. Campus Activities Office staff will assist you in lining up in order. Staying in order is important to the photographer and families who are following the program.


GradImages is the official commencement photographer. Your proofs may be ready to view as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. Graduates can access their photos at If you have questions about ordering your photos, please contact the GradImages Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Off-campus Seniors

If you do not plan to return to campus to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must notify the Dean of Studies in writing, via mail (Box 5) or by email at no later than April 15, 2020.

Name pronunciation

We want to make sure that each name called on commencement day is pronounced correctly. For this reason, students can use Moodle to record the pronunciation of their name, so that Dean Alamo may use those recordings as a reference. The Moodle system is currently open to seniors.

To record your name, log in to Moodle. Under your courses, you will find a course, Name Pronunciation for Commencement. Follow the direction described in the assignment. You will need a computer with a built in microphone or you may use a smart phone. You may log in to Moodle, the link will appear, along with any other current courses, on the home page.

Hometown Press

You can fill out a simple online form to have the college announce your graduation and any related honors in your local newspaper or other media outlets. Please respond by May 14, 2020 with a list of up to three outlets you want notified. The Office of Communications will begin sending your information out the week of June 3rd.

Local media outlets vary in the amount of time they take to publish the news of college graduations. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Rose Hartman in the Office of Communications at 845-437-7400 or

Translation Services

Spanish and Mandarin translation are available for the commencement ceremony. Please contact Gail Beckwith,, in the Campus Activities Office to reserve headsets for your guests. We have a limited supply of headsets, so please contact Gail ASAP if you are interested.