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Commencement Weekend

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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Café at the Aula


The Aula

 Enjoy desserts, coffee, and the Roundabout Ramblers. Sponsored by Campus Activities.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Awarding of the Prizes


The Chapel

Presented by the Dean of the College and the Dean of Studies. The senior prize recipients will be awarded scholastic prizes and awards. Recipients will be notified in advance.

Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Graduation Ceremony

1:00 – 2:00pm

The Aula

Alumnae/i of Asian and Pacific descent will present identifying senior graduates with a red satin stole to wear with their caps and gowns during Commencement. This ceremony marks the seniors’ transition to the world outside Vassar and welcomes them to the alumnae/i community.

Performances by Vassar College A Capella group

1:00 – 4:00pm

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

AAAVC Kente Cloth Ceremony

2:00 – 3:00pm

Main Building, Villard Room

Black and African American alumnae/i will present Kente cloth stoles for seniors to wear with their caps and gowns during Commencement. This ceremony marks the transition from Vassar and welcomes the seniors to the AAAVC family.

President’s Reception in Honor of the Class of 2017

2:00 – 4:00pm

Chapel Lawn

All friends, family and members of the Vassar community are invited.

Commencement Concert

3:00 – 3:45pm

Skinner Hall of Music

An annual tribute to the graduating seniors presented by members of the Music Department Faculty.


4:00 – 6:00pm

The Chapel

A celebration, rooted in the tradition of the black church, of faith and spirituality in recognition of academic achievement. Presented by the Council of Black Seniors, open to the entire Vassar community of graduates and families.

Dancing and Desserts, Champagne Reception

9:00pm – 12:00am

Students’ Building

Bring your family and friends to enjoy champagne, light desserts, and dancing! Sponsored by The Class of 2017.



Ballentine Field

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Vassar College Commencement Ceremony


Outdoor Amphitheater

Reception immediately following commencement

Chapel Lawn

Department Receptions

All Multidisciplinary Programs Reception

New Space | Old Laundry Building 204-206

Anthropology Department

Blodgett Hall Courtyard

Art Department

Taylor Hall, Jade Room

Chinese and Japanese Department

Sanders Classroom Building, Room 113

Economics Department

College Center, Multipurpose Room

English Department

The Old Bookstore College Center, Lower Level Lounge

History Department

Swift Hall, Campbell Room

Integrated Science Commencement Reception

Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Atrium/Patio

For Psychological Science, Cognitive Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physics majors.

Italian Department

Chicago Hall, Italian Lounge

Jewish Studies Department

New Space | Old Laundry Building 204-206

Office of International Services

Main Building, Rose Parlor

Religion Department

Main Building, Faculty Parlor

Sociology Department

College Center, Faculty Commons