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Commencement Weekend 2019

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.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sigma Xi Induction Ceremony


Main Building, Villard

By invitation only.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Transitions Program Reception


Main Building, Villard

By invitation only.

Phi Beta Kappa Reception


Students’ Building

By invitation only.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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


Students’ Building

Alumnae/i of Asian and Pacific descent will present 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 groups


Lehman Loeb Art Center

AAAVC Kente Cloth Ceremony


Main Building, Villard

Members of the African American alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) will celebrate with Black seniors and their families at the 30th Annual Kente Cloth ceremony. Alumnae/I will officially welcome the seniors to the alumnae/I community as they bestow kente cloths to be worn with caps and gowns at Commencement.

President’s Reception in Honor of the Class of 2019


Chapel Lawn

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

Commencement Concert


Skinner Hall of Music

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

Baccalaureate Service


The Chapel

A celebration, rooted in the traditions of the African diaspora, of faith and spirituality in recognition of academic development. Sponsored and planned by the Council of ALANA Seniors student association, open to the entire community of graduates and families.

Posse Veteran Reception


Alumnae House

Invitation Only

Champagne Reception


The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

Sponsored by The Class of 2019. Bring your family and friends to enjoy champagne, light desserts, and dancing!



Ballentine Field

Graduates only.