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Congrats 2021 Graduates!

This past year has been like none other and we want to commend you on your hard work and perseverance in getting to this point in your education. We could not be prouder!

Mercy's virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 19, 2021.

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March 19 from President Tim Hall

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am writing today to announce the plans for Mercy College’s  86th Annual Commencement.  After exploring numerous options, we have decided to host the commencement ceremony virtually on Wednesday, May 19.  In addition to the formal commencement exercises, we will celebrate the Class of 2021 with several Senior Events, including what we hope will be a safe and meaningful in-person academic procession for any Class of 2021 or Class of 2020 graduate who would like one (details below).  We will also welcome our graduates and their families to come to each of our campuses for socially distanced outdoor family photos.

Current New York State guidelines on gatherings limit attendance at events such as commencements to 150 people, depending on the circumstances.  We do not anticipate these numbers will increase significantly in time for us to plan a large-scale in-person graduation event in May. 

The virtual ceremony on May 19 will include all the pomp and circumstance of an in-person ceremony:  we will hear remarks from Provost Herrera, the School deans, student speakers and distinguished keynote speakers.  I will enthusiastically confer our graduates’ degrees. To help graduates capture the moment, a cap and tassel will be mailed in the coming weeks for them to wear during the virtual ceremony.

The optional in-person individual academic processions will take place over several days leading up to graduation. Students who choose to participate in this experience will be able to walk across a stage at the Dobbs Ferry campus in regalia, hear their name read, receive a scroll from a Mercy College Official, and have the opportunity for photos. The procession and name-reading will be livestreamed for family and friends.

I often say this is “Mercy’s Moment”, but I want the Class of 2021 to know this is your moment. You earned this! You continued your education during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history, and I could not be prouder to celebrate your achievement of this important milestone. 

Please visit the Commencement website here for details about and registration for the Senior Events, the optional in-person procession and the virtual graduation ceremony.  Information about viewing the May 19 ceremony will be shared in the coming weeks.

We are looking forward to celebrating our graduates at these special events. 

Timothy L. Hall

February 18 Message from President Tim Hall

Dear 2021 Graduates,

Congratulations on persevering through this tumultuous year and earning your degree.  I know many of you might have questions about the format of the 2021 Commencement ceremony. I want you to know that the College is currently evaluating the ever-changing New York State guidelines on gatherings, as well as the rates of transmission of COVID-19 in the surrounding communities.  We hope to be able to make a decision that both honors this important milestone and ensures the health and safety of our Mercy community.  We expect to be able to share details about the Commencement ceremony soon.

As I’ve said before, one of my favorite moments of the academic year is when I stand on the stage and shake the hands of those who worked so hard to earn their degrees.  While our graduation celebration this year will likely look different than the traditional ceremony, what I do know is that this milestone will be a memorable event for you and your families. 

Thank you for your patience and best wishes on the rest of the spring term.

Tim Hall

Make sure that you are properly registered for graduation.

The first step graduates must take is to apply for graduation: Degree Conferral Procedures

RSVP for Graduation with MarchingOrder

To ensure that you and your family have a great graduation experience, Mercy has partnered with MarchingOrder.

MarchingOrder allows you to:

  • Register for graduation online
  • Record your name to ensure it is pronounced correctly during the ceremony
  • Add a photo and personal message to the commencement slideshow.

Once you have submitted your degree conferral application, you must register on MarchingOrder so you can take part in your graduation.

Registration opens on March 22, 2021. Keep an eye out for an email from via inviting you to register. Please note that you will not be able to access the site until March 15, 2021.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • March 22, 2021 - Marching Order site opens for registration
  • April 21, 2021 - Record your name with Marching Order before April 21
  • May 1, 2021 - Upload photos & messages to Marching Order before May 1

*Chrome or Firefox are the recommended browsers to avoid issues connecting to the site. 

An Honors student at Commencement.

Senior Events

Senior Events are a Mercy College tradition designed to celebrate our graduates as they prepare for Commencement.

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Optional In-Person Individual Academic Processions

The optional in-person individual academic processions will take place over several days leading up to graduation. Students who choose to participate in this experience will be able to walk across a stage at the Dobbs Ferry campus in regalia, hear their name read, receive a scroll from a Mercy College Official and have the opportunity for photos. The procession and name-reading will be livestreamed for family and friends. 

More information about this experience and registration will be released in early April.

Student at Mercy Graduation

Senior Class Gift

Leave your legacy! A contribution to the Senior Gift is a way to celebrate your transition from student to alumni, and to open the door for the future Mavericks. Help us raise $2,100 by May 31, and the Class of 2021 will receive a legacy brick in front of Hudson Hall. If you make a gift of $21 or more in support of the Mav Friendly Market or the Student Emergency Fund, we’ll also send you your very first alumni t-shirt to thank you for giving back.

Make a gift online by visiting or mailing a check payable to “Mercy College” to Office of Institutional Advancement, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Wherever your journey takes you, the Office of Alumni Relations would like to celebrate your milestone. Be sure to visit to let us know what’s happening with you.

Students at Mercy Graduation

Caps, Gowns & Hoods

Graduation regalia will be available for purchase beginning Monday, 5 April 2021. 

The College will be mailing caps & tassels to all eligible graduates during the first week of April. If you would like to purchase individual regalia items, you can do so at the College Bookstore. Check your Degree Evaluation to ensure you are purchasing the correct regalia for your program. Please see prices below:

Bachelor or Associate Gown $33 Bachelor or Associate Hood $33
Masters Gown $38 Masters Hood $38
Doctorate Gown $50 Doctorate Hood $50
Stole $28    

In-person orders available only at the Dobbs Ferry Campus:

Monday  - Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 a.m. -  2  p.m.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

To purchase remotely and submit a shipping address please fill out the attached form or call us at (914) 674-3603.  

Senior Photos

Please use this folder to upload your senior photos to share on Mercy's social media the day of graduation!


Please include your name and major for the file name.

Send video congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

All videos must be submitted by April 30.