50th Annual Commencement

Online Celebration – Friday, July 9, 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Commencement is our favorite day of the year and we are hard at work planning your online Commencement celebration. This far-reaching event will honor this important milestone and your academic accomplishments.

This page is our Commencement hub and will be updated with additional information as the event date gets closer. You will also receive an invitation to participate. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time and hope you will join us in July.

Student Support Award

Excelsior College student at commencement

Nominate someone for the Student Support Award!

This award honors a special person or group of people whose valuable assistance and encouragement significantly contributed in helping a graduate earn a degree. You have the opportunity to recognize the individual(s) who provided you with the extra support that made a positive difference in your educational journey.

Learn more and complete your nomination by April 15.

Social Media Graphics and College Merchandise

Excelsior College student at commencement

Celebrate on Social

Download digital swag and share your success on social media with the #excelsiorproud. Like and follow @ExcelsiorCollege to be part of the celebrations and join the Alumni Group on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Download grad graphics for:

Excelsior College student at commencement

College Merchandise and Regalia

Virtual Graduation Portraits

Virtual Graduation Portraits
Turn your own photo into a graduation memory! Submit your image and Island Photography will add a traditional or custom Excelsior background and email the digital proofs to you. Click the link below for registration, photography tips and instructions. There is no obligation to purchase. Deadline to submit is July 12, 2021.
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Welcome to the Alumni Association

Excelsior College student at commencement

Every graduate belongs to the Excelsior College Alumni Association—no application, no dues required!

The Alumni Association, now more than 182,000 strong, encourages alumni to stay connected, share their successes, and serve as advocates for the College, its programs, and future generations of students and graduates.

Visit our Alumni Association pages to learn about the many ways to stay engaged.

Excelsior College student at commencement

ELEVATE: The Campaign for Student Scholarships
To honor Excelsior’s 50 years of delivering on our promise to provide an affordable education and to meet student where they are, academically and geographically, we are raising funds for student scholarships. Your contribution, in any amount, will reduce financial obstacles faced by adult learners just like you.

Help others along their road to Commencement – pay it forward with a scholarship fund contribution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Class of 2021 includes graduates whose degrees were conferred in July 2020 through June 2021. This group is invited to participate in our online Commencement on Friday, July 9, 2021.


The Excelsior College Commencement ceremony takes place in a New York State (NYS) venue. Given current CDC recommendations and NYS event guidelines, in-person events of this size are not permitted at this time with no estimate of when large events will resume.


Yes. An email invitation will be sent to graduates at the end of April and May.


Registration is not required for the online ceremony on Friday, July 9. Detailed event information will be included in your invitation and added to the web site as the event date gets closer.


Yes. We encourage you to share event information with your family and friends.


Email questions to commencement@excelsior.edu for more information.

Celebrating Our Graduates

Excelsior College Class of 2020 #Excelsior Proud

Excelsior students have places to go, people to see and lives to change, that’s why we grant degrees throughout the year. View the lists of each month’s graduates.

Watch the 2020 Commencement