Commencement Home

Can't make it to Commencement 2018? We will stream a live video webcast of the complete program on our website and our YouTube channel. Just check back here to find out how to watch the webcast.

Baccalaureate service

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4 p.m. on the Sutter Oval.

Students: Line up no later than 3:30 p.m. in the Spiro Sports Center gym. Dress in business attire.

Faculty & deans: Line up no later than 3:30 p.m. in the SSC Hospitality Room. Wear academic regalia.


Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. under the tent on the Sutter Oval.

Students: Line up no later than 8:45 a.m. in the Spiro Sports Center gym. Wear your cap and gown.

Faculty & deans: Line up no later than 9 a.m. in the SSC Dance Studio. Wear academic regalia.

Immediately following Commencement:

The distribution of diplomas

  • Graduates are to stay seated until the graduation ceremony is over for all participants.
  • When the commencement program is finished, graduates will formally march out of the tent and walk to Main Hall.
  • Undergraduate students may pick up their diplomas on the first floor of Main Hall, and Graduate and Second-Degree students will pick up their diplomas in Spiro 1 and 3.
  • Students will need to present their Wagner College identification cards to receive their diplomas.
  • Members of the Bursar's Office and Residential Education staff will be available in Main Hall 6 for any last-minute business.


A message from President Richard Guarasci:

Friday, May 11, 2018 is a special day. You will graduate! After four (or more) years of being a college student, your accomplishment will be recognized; you will receive your baccalaureate degree and be welcomed into "the company of educated men and women."

Baccalaureate is a Latin word meaning the bachelor's degree. Its literal meaning is bacca (berry) and laureus (of laurel) — the kind of prize that ancient Olympians received for winning a track or field event. The name remains, although your prize is much more valuable: a degree! For most of you, that degree represents a fair amount of hard work and sacrifice by many people: your parents and other members of your family, your teachers, probably some friends — and, of course, yourself. Congratulations!

A message from Provost Lily D. McNair:


I hope you are feeling the excitement of your final semester at Wagner College. Commencement will be the culmination of years of scholarly work and achievement at Wagner. We assume that you will have completed all requirements for graduation and will be a degree candidate. I encourage you to stay focused on your goal toward successful graduation during these last months. You have much to look forward to as you continue your journey toward Commencement and future success.

As you enter the next chapter of your life as a Wagner alum, I encourage you to remain connected to the College. Come back and visit, stay in touch with your professors and remember the experiences that shaped your college years. I wish you well and look forward to congratulating you in person at Commencement.