Commencement and Grad Walk FAQs
Get answers to all your questions about virtual ceremonies, Grad Walk, senior events, and what you need to do to graduate.
Adelphi’s yearbook, The Oracle, is free of charge to all graduating seniors and can be ordered online.
Senior portrait dates and information can be found on the Graduating Senior site.
A full listing for all senior events can be found on the Graduating Senior site.
There is an ordering site for academic attire. Have your items shipped directly to your home, the shipping is on us!
Caps and tassels will be gifted to the Classes of 2020 and 2021 by Adelphi University. To receive yours, opt-in when filling out your Marching Order form.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, there will be no option to rent or borrow Commencement attire.
Oak Hall, our academic attire provider, will automatically refund you for the cap and tassel you purchased before the University announced these items are being gifted to the 2020 and 2021 graduates. If you purchased any additional items, including the gown you will still be responsible for the cost of these items. Should you have any additional questions on academic attire, you can reach out to the bookstore directly, email@example.com.
Diplomas are mailed out 8 to 10 weeks after degrees are conferred, and will be shipped to the address you have listed in CLASS. If you need to confirm this mailing address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Registrar’s virtual office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Ceremony and Grad Walk
In developing Commencement plans for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, Adelphi University committed to actively listen to feedback from our community and adhering to the guidance of public health experts. What we heard is that our students want to celebrate in a meaningful and familiar way with loved ones and the Adelphi community. We also heard from health experts and New York state that, despite progress, it is still not safe to have the kind of large gathering we have traditionally held for Commencement.
Our hybrid approach provides students and families an on-campus celebratory experience to mark this milestone, while also offering the formal Commencement ceremony in virtual format.
In the course of planning Adelphi’s Commencement, our Commencement Committee was in touch with many local venues as potential event locations. Due to ongoing health and safety restrictions, each proved not to be an option for Adelphi, or would not commit to hosting an in-person ceremony.
As we listened to the feedback from our community regarding Commencement, many students expressed wishes to celebrate this occasion in a meaningful and familiar way with loved ones present. Holding smaller, in-person ceremonies would have precluded guests from attending, given the size of Adelphi’s graduating class and current restrictions regarding gathering sizes by New York state.
Guests for Grad Walk are limited to two per student, to allow for proper social distancing and to observe pandemic occupancy restrictions. Guests can use their phones or personal devices to record, take photos, or connect with guests who are not able to attend in person.
Despite vaccination status, guests are limited to two per student, to allow for proper social distancing and to observe pandemic occupancy restrictions.
Yes! Guests are encouraged to celebrate their student, photographing or recording the moment using their personal devices. A professional photographer will also capture the moment, and students can opt-in to receive a gifted 5”x7” photo by the vendor.
An online system for appointment scheduling has be made available to students. A message was sent to all graduating students when the system opened for booking.
We will offer as many time slots as possible for students to have their Grad Walk experience. At this time we do not anticipate adding appointments outside of the scheduled days and times.
Yes! Commencement attire is optional for Grad Walk.
Grad Walk appointments will be held Senior Week, April 26–29 and after finals, beginning May 21. A message was sent to students when the appointment booking system became available.
Essential Adelphi staff members, such as event staff and facilities employees, will be present at Grad Walk.
Students may invite whomever they wish to Grad Walk, but guests are limited to two individuals no matter their affiliation with the University.
- All attendees of Grad Walk must complete Adelphi’s health screening before arriving on campus, either on the AU2GO mobile app, on our website or using a paper form on-site.
- Social distancing and a one-way pathway throughout the Grad Walk experience will be enforced.
- Masks must be worn at all times (except by the student while onstage during photography).
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- The event space will be sanitized periodically throughout the day.
- Additional safety protocols may be necessary and will be communicated to students upon registration for the Grad Walk