2022 Weekend & Traditions

Thursday, May 19

3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sigma Xi

Villard Room, College Center: By invitation only  

Friday, May 20

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Native American and Indigenous Graduation Stole Ceremony

Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Sculpture Garden

Alumni of Native American and Indigenous descent will present identifying senior graduates with stoles to wear with their caps and gowns during Commencement. This ceremony marks the seniors’ transition to the world outside Vassar and welcomes them into the ranks of the alumni.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Transitions Reception

Villard Room, College Center

We will celebrate the Transitions Class of 2022 with students, families, and supporters! Refreshments will be served and cords will be distributed.

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Reception 

President’s Lawn Tent, By Invitation Only

Saturday, May 21

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Awarding of Prizes

President’s Lawn Tent

The Chapel in the Spring

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

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Latinx Student Union ( LSU) Stole Ceremony

Library Lawn Tent

Latinx Student Given Award by Professor

Alumni of Latinx descent will present graduating Latinx identifying seniors with a stole to wear with their caps and gowns during Commencement. This ceremony marks the seniors’ transition to the world outside Vassar and welcomes them into the ranks of the alumni.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

AAAVC Kente Cloth Ceremony

The Chapel

AAAVC Kente Cloth Ceremony

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

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Performances by Vassar College A Cappella Groups

Lehman Loeb Art Center

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Graduation Ceremony

Library Lawn

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Graduation Ceremony

Alumni 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 alumni community.

2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Commencement Concert

Skinner Hall of Music

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

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

President’s Reception in Honor of the Class of 2022

President’s Lawn

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

4:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service 

The Chapel

Dancers Celebrating The Baccalaureate Service, sponsored by the Council of ALANA Seniors

Sponsored and planned by the Council of ALANA Seniors (formerly CBS) student organization. A celebration, rooted in traditions of the African diaspora, of faith and spirituality in recognition of academic achievement. Open to the entire community of graduates and families.

6:00 p.m.

Posse Veteran Program Graduation Ceremony

Alumnae House: By invitation only

Posse Foundation staff, faculty, college administrators, and family will offer congratulations to graduating Posse Veteran seniors and present them with red/white/blue cords to wear with their caps and gowns during Commencement.

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Champagne Reception

Bridge Building

Sponsored by the Class of 2022. Bring your family and friends to enjoy champagne, light desserts and dancing!

Sunday, May 22

10:00 a.m.

Vassar College’s 158th Commencement Ceremony

Outdoor Amphitheater

The ceremony will be webcast live on the home page as well as on the College’s Facebook page.)

Reception immediately following the ceremony on the President’s Lawn