Congratulations to all graduates. You’ve shown great dedication and persistence, working under tremendous stress and under less-than-ideal conditions for the past year. Your achievements are laudable, and we could not be more proud of the Class of 2020-21.

In order to allow for guests, all commencements will take place in James M. Shuart Stadium, rain or shine, and all graduates will be given two guest tickets. The ceremony will also be broadcast so that all your friends and family may share in the celebration of your achievement.

The ceremony schedule will be as follows:

Sunday May 23 - 3 p.m.  Webcast -- Virtual Commencement (only those who RSVP’d as virtual will be recognized in this ceremony).

Monday, May 24 -- In-person ceremonies at James M. Shuart Stadium

9am      Candidates for the bachelor (undergraduate) degrees from December 2020, May 2021 and August 2021 in the following schools:

  • The School of Health Professions and Human Services
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
  • The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including
    • Peter S. Kalikow School of School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
    • School of Education
    • School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts                                                 
    • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

2pm       Candidates for the bachelor (undergraduate) degrees from December 2020, May 2021 and August 2021 in the following schools:

  • Frank G. Zarb School of Business
  • Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication                                                                    

7pm       Candidates for the School of Law, juris doctor degrees from May 2020, December 2020, May 2021.

Tuesday May 25  - In-person ceremonies at James M. Shuart Stadium

1pm                       All graduates from May 2020 and August 2020

6:30pm                All Graduate Students (other than law and medicine) from December 2020, May 2021, & August 2021

See schedule for links to all livestreams.


Commencement Ceremony Schedule

 Academic Attire Distribution


Hofstra Commencement website






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