Excelsior College Changes to Virtual Commencement Event on July 10

Albany, NY — This week, Excelsior College announced its annual Commencement will be held virtually this year. The July 10 Commencement will take place online with speakers, alumni tributes, and social media shares of photos and stories of graduates from around the country.

As a distance learning college, Excelsior delivers instruction and testing online, but this will be the first Commencement ceremony to be 100 percent remote. In anticipation of this year’s July 10 event, the College has been monitoring COVID-19 closely and assessing news from public health officials in New York. Unfortunately, the events surrounding COVID-19 have raised insurmountable concerns with protecting the health and safety of graduates and their families, faculty, and staff for a traditional Commencement celebration.

“Commencement is our favorite day of the year. It is our chance to appreciate the resilience and persistence of our students. We are disappointed to not celebrate in person this year, but we envision a far-reaching celebration to recognize the entire Class of 2020. Our hearts are with our graduates and still full of pride for their accomplishments,” said James N. Baldwin, president of Excelsior College.

Approximately 6,000 graduates make up Excelsior’s class of 2020. Students from across the country and the world are enrolled at Excelsior, which is based in Albany. Each year, the traditional Commencement ceremony brings graduates together and is broadcast live online for all to enjoy. The fully remote event will be even more inclusive. With a virtual event, all graduates will have the opportunity to participate without travel concerns. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. As always, graduates will also have the option to walk in a future Commencement ceremony.



About Excelsior College

Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The college contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are — academically and geographically — removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.

Media Contact: Alicia Jacobs Email: ajacobs@excelsior.edu Phone: (518) 410-4624