Class of 2020 Commencement
Saturday, May 15 or Sunday, May 16, 2021
Ceremony location, date and time to be determined
Separate ceremony from the Class of 2021
Degree conferral for the:
- Norm Brodsky College of Business
- College of Education and Human Services
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Westminster College of the Arts, School of Fine and Performing Arts
- College of Continuing Studies
The in-person commencement ceremonies are planned with the assumption that we are able to return to large in-person gatherings by that point in time. Should the coronavirus pandemic continue into spring 2021, we will need to re-evaluate our plans.
This website outlines the new commencement plans for the Class of 2020. Please watch this webpage and your rider.edu email address for updates.
Pre-order Academic Attire
If you have not already ordered your cap and gown, academic attire may be ordered online before March 19, 2021. Academic attire will be distributed prior to the May ceremony beginning April 22, 2021 at Senior SendOff. More information will be communicated about the distribution process in the spring.
Only students who have fulfilled graduation requirements in December 2019, January 2020, May 2020 and August 2020 can walk in the May 2021 Commencement Class of 2020 ceremony. December 2020 graduates should plan to walk in the May 2021 Commencement Class of 2021 ceremony.
Diplomas and Transcripts
Your diploma was mailed to you 4-6 weeks after clearance from the Registrar and Dean for your specified degree conferral date (December 2019, January 2020, May 2020, or August 2020). If you have not received it, or you would like a copy of your transcript, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Academic Honors and Academic Attire
Rider University recognizes exceptional academic achievement at Commencement. Qualifications for academic honors at Commencement are based upon the student's academic average at the end of the academic year. Honors, as noted in the Commencement program and by tassel color, are awarded as follows:
Undergraduate (white tassel)
- Summa Cum Laude: academic average 3.75 - 4.00
- Magna Cum Laude: academic average 3.50 - 3.74
- Cum Laude: academic average 3.25 - 3.49
Graduate (cranberry tassel)
- With Distinction: academic average above 3.85
Cap and Gown Distribution
Academic attire will be distributed prior to the May ceremonies beginning April 22, 2021 at Senior SendOff. More information will be communicated about the distribution process in the spring.
The university provides graduates with a souvenir black gown and cap, along with a hood in the appropriate color to designate school, and a tassel, at no cost. Honor society and student organization stoles or cords are distributed by their respective advisers.
Guest Seating and Tickets
Information about guest tickets will be communicated when ceremony plans are finalized.
For those not attending the ceremony, Commencement will be available to view live on the website at www.rider.edu/commencement.
Personalized Commencement Announcements may be ordered online through the Balfour website. Generic Commencement announcements are available for purchase in the University Store. Diploma frames and other Rider merchandise are available at the University Store or may be ordered online in advance. Please contact the University Store directly at 609-896-5121 for more information.
Celebrate the Class of 2020!
View a highlight video and congratulatory remarks.