52nd Annual Commencement
Friday, July 14, 2023
MVP Arena, Albany NY. Ceremony begins at 2PM
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
Walking across the stage at Commencement is a rewarding way to celebrate your hard work. Please join us for the first Excelsior University Commencement in Albany, New York on Friday, July 14, 2023 at the MVP Arena. Registration and regalia are required for the in-person ceremony.
This webpage is our Commencement hub. Check back for additional information especially as the event gets closer.
This year, the inspirational Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gretchen Evans, an author and athlete, will be our Commencement speaker. Evans is the 2022 recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Service awarded at the ESPN ESPY Awards and a 2021 inductee of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.
For more information on Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans, watch her powerful ESPY acceptance speech and her remarkable story of recovery.
Read more below for our event attendance details. Visit our FAQ page for more answers to your most common Commencement questions.
Refer to the graduate processing parameters for specific details regarding conferral dates.
You may also check your graduation status when you log in to MyExcelsior.
If you are taking your last course during the Spring 15-week or Spring II terms, your degree will be conferred on July 21, 2023, and you must contact your advisor before June 1, 2023, to request to march before conferral.
51 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207
Graduate Check-in begins at Noon
Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
Graduate instructions will be added here and emailed to registered graduates prior to the event.
Tickets are not limited or required to attend the ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to invite family and friends to enjoy the celebration.
The ceremony will be livestreamed with engagement opportunities for graduates who are watching and celebrating from a distance. Details to come.
Regalia will be shipped directly to graduates and must be brought to the ceremony to participate. The deadline to place your order is Friday, June 16, 2023.
Visit Discover Albany or download their app for all kinds of travel and tourism information. Hotels and restaurants in the Downtown sections of their website are closest to the MVP Arena – some are within walking distance, but not all.
Make your trip even more memorable and plan to explore the historic sites and attractions the Capital Region of New York State has to offer. For statewide tourism information, visit the I Love NY website or download their app.
View MVP Arena accessibility information here: https://www.mvparena.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility
A sign-language interpreter will be at the ceremony for those with hearing impairments. If you or any of your guests require auxiliary aids or services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 844-427-4356 by June 28, 2023.
If you have questions related to the event, email email@example.com or call 518-608-8181.
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. Complete your nomination by: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
This award recognizes the achievements of a student who has consistently modeled a core Excelsior University value: respecting the uniqueness of each individual; celebrating and learning from differences; ensuring that all voices are heard, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented; and leading efforts that enhance inclusion, equity and justice in their classroom, organization, or community.
Apply by: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Be the Class of 2023 Graduate Speaker!
Represent your class at Commencement and consider nominating yourself as graduate speaker. Submit a brief statement incorporating what you value most about your Excelsior experience and a general overview of your proposed speech topic. Please include any previous public speaking experience.
Email your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 19, 2023.