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Commencement 2021 Communications

Hello Graduation-Bound Seniors and Families,

As circumstances evolve and New York State guidelines change, the Commencement Committee is continuing to consider feedback and working to provide a safe and memorable in-person celebration for graduates that abides by state and health department guidelines. We appreciate the many emails from students and parents who have shared thoughtful input and suggestions.

At this time, we are happy to share that based on the current guidance from the state, we anticipate being able to accommodate two guests per graduating student at the in-person recognition ceremony on Saturday, May 22. More detailed information regarding both the in-person event and the virtual ceremony will be provided in upcoming communications.

We understand that you have many pressing questions about commencement, so we will be hosting a live, virtual town hall for graduating students and their families on Tuesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. to provide more information and answer your questions. An invitation with the link to the town hall will be emailed shortly.

Please note the two important reminders below:

  • Virtual Commencement Slides: The deadline for submissions to Marching Order has been extended until Friday, 4/16, at 11:55 p.m. After that point, no submissions will be able to be accepted. Please check your Iona email for the multiple emails that have been sent with instructions.
  • Caps and Gowns: The last day to order and receive regalia guaranteed to arrive in time for Commencement has passed. However, students may still order and receive your regalia to commemorate your achievement until Friday, April 30. Commencement regalia can be ordered online here.

Sincerely,
The Iona College Commencement Committee

Hello Graduation-Bound Students and Families,

As the end of your final semester approaches, we know that questions about Commencement have remained in your mind as well. First and foremost, we want to thank all of the students and families who have submitted their ideas and input regarding Commencement. The Commencement Committee has worked hard to develop plans to celebrate our graduates’ hard-earned success in a safe and memorable way. We are excited to provide an important update regarding this year’s Commencement celebration.

On Friday, May 21, Iona’s Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass will take place online. On Saturday, May 22, Iona will hold an in-person recognition ceremony on campus to honor this year’s graduating students. Participating students will wear academic regalia and have their name called. On Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m., Iona will broadcast a full-length Commencement ceremony online.

The Committee will provide additional information about the in-person ceremony by April 16, and will share regular updates as this plan develops. We are committed to creating a meaningful in-person experience for our graduates while respecting New York State regulations and health department guidelines. Due to these limitations, we do not anticipate accommodating guests at the in-person recognition ceremony. However, the ceremony on Saturday as well as the full-length commencement on Sunday will be available online for those unable to attend.

Prior to Commencement, all graduates must order their regalia, as well as submit their photo, name, pronunciation, and quote to MarchingOrder. Please refer to the emails sent from commencement@iona.edu and the information provided on iona.edu/commencement.

Graduation is an important milestone to celebrate for every student. We wish to make Commencement 2021 the best experience it can be for our graduates with both in-person and virtual celebrations of your achievements.

Sincerely,
Iona College Commencement Committee

Hello Graduation-Bound Seniors and Families,

With the first month of the Spring 2021 semester in the rear-view mirror, it is important to look ahead and keep your goals in mind. As Commencement 2021 is fast approaching, it is important to celebrate all of your accomplishments and to keep working hard toward the goals that remain.

In this email, we want to provide you with a brief checklist of tasks that are important for you to complete prior to graduation.

  • Degree Candidate Forms were due to be submitted on February 22. The completion of this form ensures that you will be able to participate in the Commencement celebration and receive a physical copy of your diploma.
  • Order your Commencement Regalia as soon as possible. This is to ensure that you receive your regalia in time for Commencement.
  • You will soon receive an email from Marching Order, one of the companies that supports Iona’s Commencement. It will ask you to provide information that will be used during the ceremony, such as the correct spelling and pronunciation of your name; a quote that expresses your personality or goals; and a photo. Marching Order helps make the ceremony personal and special for you and your family, so please be on the lookout for it and respond by the deadline.

Be sure to check the Iona College website for the latest updates on Commencement, including other important dates and deadlines to keep on your calendar.

The Commencement Committee is working diligently to provide a memorable graduation experience. The Committee is currently collecting input to consider the possibility of smaller in-person opportunities to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021.

The health and safety of our graduates and their families remains a top priority. We will update you as these details become more concrete. To share your own suggestions, comments and questions, email the Commencement Committee at commencement@iona.edu.

Commencement is a time to celebrate all of your achievements during your time at Iona. The Office of Student Development and the Senior Events Committee is hosting several events to celebrate the Class of 2021. Be sure to check your Iona email account and follow @ionaseniors2021 on Instagram for the latest updates on upcoming activities.

Sincerely,
Iona College Commencement Committee

Hello Graduation-Bound Seniors and Families,

As the final semester of your senior year begins, it is important to keep the finish line in sight. Commencement 2021 will be here before you know it. This year has been incredibly challenging, and the completion of your degree is an achievement to be celebrated! Iona is proud of your hard work and your success.

It is important to check your Iona College e-mail address and check the Iona College website for regular updates regarding Commencement. In this email, we want to give you a list of things that will need to be done before you participate in Commencement and receive your diploma.

  • Degree Candidate Forms must be completed as soon as possible. In order to receive your diploma, you must fill out a degree candidate form no later than February 22nd. This ensures that you will receive a physical copy of your diploma, but that you will be able to participate in the commencement celebration. Click here for instructions.
  • Order your Commencement Regalia as soon as possible. This is to ensure that you receive your regalia in time for Commencement.
  • You will soon receive an email from Marching Order, one of the companies that supports Iona’s Commencement. It will ask you to provide information that will be used during the ceremony, such as the correct spelling and pronunciation of your name; a quote that expresses your personality or goals; and a photo. Marching Order helps make the ceremony personal and special for you and your family, so please be on the lookout for it and respond by the deadline.

Commencement 2021 will take place on May 22, 2021. As you know, COVID-19 has forced all of us to make many adjustments to our lives and plans. As we continue to look to guidance from federal and local policies, scientific data and health officials’ guidance, Iona has come to the difficult conclusion that we will not be able to hold Commencement in Madison Square Garden. Our goal is to celebrate the Class of 2021 and all of their achievements while remaining committed to providing a safe environment for all.

The Commencement Committee remains dedicated to providing a memorable experience for all of our graduates and their families. The Committee is open to your suggestions, comments, questions and concerns on how to best celebrate Commencement 2021. Reach out to commencement@iona.edu to share your feedback with the Commencement Committee.

While Commencement may not be celebrated in the way we expected, there are still many events on campus that aim to celebrate the achievements of our graduating seniors that the Office of Student Development and the Senior Events Committee are working diligently to provide. For more information regarding senior events, email studentactivities@iona.edu, check your Iona e-mail account, and follow @ionaseniors2021 on Instagram for the latest updates on upcoming activities!

  • Show Love to Seniors Brunch: Sunday, February 14
  • 75 Nights 'til Graduation: Friday, March 12
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner: Tuesday, March 16

Be sure to mark these Commencement related events on your calendar as well:

  • Multicultural Recognition Ceremony: Friday, May 14
  • Baccalaureate Mass (Virtual): Friday, May 21 at 4 p.m.

We want to make sure all graduating students and parents have all their Commencement questions answered, so we will be hosting at least one live chat and Q&A session with Commencement Committee co-chairs and others to help guide you through the process. You will receive an announcement and invitation in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing more news about Commencement 2021.

Sincerely,

The Commencement Committee

Joel Quintong, Dean of Students & Commencement Co-Chair
Liam Geer '21, Commencement Co-Chair
Andrew Albrecht, Associate Director, Facilities
Beverly Azure, Registrar
Brian Beyrer, Senior Associate AD/Communications
Emily Brechtel, Coordinator, Accessibility Services Office
Mary Ellen Callaghan, Vice President, Chief of Staff and Board Secretary
Lea Carpanzano, Social & Digital Media Manager
Joanne Steele, Vice Provost for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
Michelle Littleton, Executive Assistant to the Provost
Edward Maffia '21
Douglas McLeer, Associate Director of Campus Safety
Fr. Gerard Mulvey, Chaplain
Elizabeth Olivieri-Lenahan, Assistant Vice Provost for Community Standards/Student Life
Kevin O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs
Urszula Pawlikowski, Events Coordinator, Facilities
Carl Procario-Foley, Director, Office of Mission & Ministry
Imelda Reece, Administrative Assistant/Coordinator of Honors Convocation
Mary Clare Reilley, Vice President for College Marketing & Communications
Dr. Darrell Wheeler, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Maeve Ellen Wydan '22

Graduating students who would like to be considered for the role of student speaker during the May 2021 Commencement ceremony may now submit a letter of application to do so. Please visit the Nominate Student Speakers section of the website to learn about academic requirements and instructions on how to submit your application. Two students will be selected from among the applicants, one from the baccalaureate programs and one from the master's degree programs. All submissions are due by February 8, 2021.

Hello Graduation-Bound Seniors and Families,

We are quickly approaching the new year, and though it may seem far off, Commencement 2021 will be here before you know it. Congratulations! This has been an especially challenging year, and the anticipated completion of your degree will be a testament to your perseverance, hard work and support of each other. Iona is proud of your success, and we can’t wait to celebrate you!

You can expect regular communications from us to keep you informed of everything you need to know about Commencement 2021. It is important to regularly monitor your Iona College email address and check the Iona College website, as we will be adding information to the Commencement page and emailing you regularly. Today, we want to give you a sense of what we’re planning and what you can expect.

As you know, COVID-19 has forced us to make many adjustments to our lives and plans. The College is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of the Iona family. We will continue to be guided by federal and local policies, scientific data and health officials’ guidance as we plan Commencement 2021. At this time, we cannot say whether the celebration will be in-person, virtual or a mix of both. But, we can say that our Commencement Committee is hard at work and whatever shape it takes, there will be a celebration!

Here are some things to keep in mind and look forward to:

  • Commencement 2021 will take place on May 22, 2021.
  • You’ll soon receive an email from MarchingOrder, one of the companies that supports Iona’s Commencement. It will ask you to provide information that will be used at the ceremony, such as the correct spelling and pronunciation of your name; a quote that expresses your personality or goals; and a photo. MarchingOrder helps make the ceremony personal and special for you and your family, so please be on the lookout for it and respond by the deadline.
  • In January, an e-mail will be sent to all students who anticipate being eligible to take part in Commencement 2021 with information to order your academic regalia online (cap, gown, hood, tassel, and stoles). It is important that you place your order by the deadline.

We want to make sure all graduating students and parents have all their Commencement questions answered, so we will be hosting at least one live chat and Q&A session with Commencement Committee co-chairs and others to help guide you through the process. You will receive an announcement and invitation in the coming weeks.

We look forward to sharing more news about Commencement 2021. In the meantime, wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Provost Dr. Darrell Wheeler and the Commencement Committee