51st Annual Commencement

In-Person Celebration – Friday, July 8, 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Excelsior College is excited to return to an in-person Commencement ceremony. We will celebrate the Class of 2022 and invite the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to join the celebration on Friday, July 8, 2022 in Albany, New York at the MVP Arena (formerly Times Union Center.) Registration and regalia are required to participate in the in-person ceremony.

This webpage is our Commencement hub. Check back for additional information especially as the event gets closer.
Read more below for event attendance details. Visit our FAQ page for more answers to your most common Commencement questions.

Friday, July 8, 2022
Albany, New York
MVP Arena (formerly Times Union Center) located at:
51 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207

Graduate Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m.

Detailed instructions will be provided to registered graduates prior to the event.

Graduates are required to register for Commencement and purchase a regalia package from Oak Hall by June 10, 2022. Registration is free. There is a charge for your regalia package and you must bring your regalia to Commencement to participate in the ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to invite family and friends to enjoy the celebration celebrating three years of Excelsior graduates*. Your number of guests is not limited and tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.
The ceremony will also be live streamed with engagement opportunities to include graduates who are watching and celebrating from a distance. Details to come.

*Note: The Class of 2022 includes graduates whose degrees were conferred in July 2021 through June 2022.

Register Online Purchase Regalia

After you register online you will receive a confirmation email immediately. If you do not receive your confirmation, please contact the Commencement Office.

Regalia is required to participate in the in-person Commencement ceremony. Please use the link below to purchase your specific regalia package from Oak Hall. Regalia will not be for sale at Commencement. Graduates who are not participating in the in-person ceremony may also purchase regalia.

Regalia will be shipped directly to graduates and must be brought to the ceremony to participate. The deadline to place your order is June 10, 2022.

Purchase Regalia
If you have problems when ordering your regalia, call the Commencement Office at 518-608-8181 or email commencement@excelsior.edu.

Commencement takes place in downtown Albany, New York at the MVP Arena (formerly Times Union Center). The Arena website has complete information including directions and parking.

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 (formerly Times Union Center) – 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-Saratoga Region of New York State has to offer. For statewide tourism information, visit the I Love NY website or download their app.

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 acs@excelsior.edu or 844-427-4356 by June 22, 2022.

Contact the Commencement Office at commencement@excelsior.edu or (518) 608-8181 for more information.

Social Media Graphics, Excelsior Merchandise and Graduate Photographs

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

Excelsior Merchandise and Grad Photographs

Celebrating Our Graduates

See all of the Excelsior College graduates from April 2022.

Excelsior College Graduates


Health Sciences



Public Service

Liberal Arts


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.

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.

With a donation of $25 or more, you will receive a purple alumni cord that identifies you as a contributing member of the Excelsior College Alumni Association. Make your donation online before Thursday, June 10 to receive your purple alumni cord in time for Commencement.

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.

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