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Commencement May 14, 2022

We are excited to recognize the academic achievement of the graduating class, honor the tradition and meaning of the ceremony, and involve students, families, and University faculty and administrators in a formal and festive event together!

Please plan to join us for Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, 2022! Check back here regularly as this page will be updated as more information becomes available.

At this time, the university does not require masks on campus. Masks are optional and welcome for anyone during the commencement ceremony.

Since graduates have family and friends who may not be able to attend the in-person event, the commencement ceremonies will be broadcast over the internet.


Information for Students

Below you will find helpful information as you prepare for your graduation ceremony this Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Cap & Gown pick up is in the Roberts Wesleyan University Bookstore, Voller Athletic Center, upper level. CAP AND GOWNS CAN NOT BE PICKED UP THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT.

Saturday, May 14th arrive to Rinker Community Service Center (building #6) by 45 minutes prior to your ceremony (TRAD – 8:15 a.m., AGE #1 - 12:15 p.m. and AGE #2 - 3:45 p.m.) to robe and line up.

Please have a family/friend hold any personal items (coats, purse, ect.) Rinker will not be locked during the ceremony any personal items will not be secure.

Commencement Ceremonies and Times

  • 9:00 am | Traditional Undergraduates and B.E.L.L. students
    • Class Speaker - Kaycee Yvonne Viator
  • 1:00 pm | Adult and Graduate (AGE) Group 1: School of Teacher Education and Social Work
    • Class Speaker - Taylor Isselhard
  • 4:30 pm | Adult and Graduate (AGE) Group 2: School of Business, Arts & Culture, A.S., School of Nursing, and Department of Psychology
    • Class Speaker - Katerina Coney

Graduates should plan to arrive at Rinker 45 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.

Commencement Speaker

Pamela J. H. Braman, Superintendent, Genesis Conference FMC USA

Guest Tickets

Tickets are general admission - free of charge

Each graduate participating in their ceremony may request up to 8 guest tickets.

Unfortunately, extra tickets (more than 8 guests per graduate) will not be available for commencement ceremonies.

To request tickets for commencement, please fill out the form below:

May 2022 Commencement Attendance and Ticket Request Form

The deadline to request tickets online is Sunday, May 8.

If you have any questions about tickets, please contact Tor Nielsen at 585-594-6532 or nielsen_tor@roberts.edu

Special Accomodations

If you have GUESTS who will be attending your graduation who are:

  1. in need of a sign language interpreter
  2. arriving in a wheelchair (the university does not provide wheelchairs)
  3. hearing impaired and in need of an assistive listening device

Please make arrangements for them by contacting Tammie Myslivecek at

Myslivecek_Tammie@roberts.edu or by phone at 585.594.6668 no later than  Monday, May 2nd  so that arrangements can be made for your guests who require accommodations.  Please leave a detailed message with a contact phone number in case further details are required.

If you as a GRADUATE have need for a special accommodation, are you:

  1. arriving in a wheelchair (the university does not provide wheelchairs)
  2. on crutches
  3. recovering from recent surgery with mobility challenges
  4. in need of a sign language interpreter
  5. medical condition requiring the use of a service animal

Please make arrangements for yourself by contacting Julie Green at

Green_Julie@roberts.edu or by phone at 585.594.6596 no later than  Monday, May 2nd   so that arrangements can be made for you.  Please leave a detailed message with a contact phone number in case further details are required.

When Will I Receive my Diploma?

It is anticipated that the diplomas will be mailed to graduates by July 18, 2022.  Please notify the RWC Office of Registration at 585-594-6220 if you have had an address change after completing the Application for a Degree form.

Cap and Gown Orders

If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown please contact Ben Kneeland as soon as possible to place your order:

Ben Kneeland, Bookstore Manager

Not Participating?

If you are not planning on participating in your Commencement ceremony on May 14, please Tor Nielsen (nielsen_tor@roberts.edu) and copy academicaffairs@roberts.edu to request that you graduate in abstentia.

Graduation Announcements

Students who wish to purchase Graduation Announcements may do so through Signature A using this link: https://signaturea.com/

Flower Sale for Missions Trip

Flowers in ½ dozen bouquets will be available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check only) for an hour before each ceremony.  The sale locations will be located outside and inside the Voller Athletic Center Arena.  All proceeds will support the Ireland Missions Team

Graduate Nursing: Virtual Hooding Ceremony

April 26, 2022 6:45pm - 8:15pm ONLINE

For more information, please contact Tammie Myslivecek, Administrative Graduate Program Director; (585) 594-6668 or Myslivecek_Tammie@roberts.edu

Undergraduate Nursing: Dedication and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Honoring the senior and sophomore nursing students, and recognizing the junior nursing students.

Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm, Andrews B. Hale Auditorium in the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center. Reception immediately following ceremony in Shewan Recital Hall, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center.

For more information, please contact Grace Stiles, (585) 594-6459 or dinneen_grace@roberts.edu

Masters of Social Work Graduate Brunch and Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 9:30am to 12:00pm

Strasenburgh Planetarium - 663 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

For more information please contact Meredith Shaw, (585) 594-6692 or Shaw_Meredith@roberts.edu

Communication, History, Language & Literature, Religion & Philosophy, and Visual Art Majors:

Post Commencement Reception for Student Graduates and their Families

Saturday, May 14, immediately following the TRAD UG/BELL Commencement

Davison Art Gallery in the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

No admission fee or tickets

Please RSVP by April 30th to Kelly Fasoldt at fasoldt_kelly@roberts.edu

Undergraduate Psychology

Post Commencement Reception for Student Graduates and their Families

Saturday, May 14th, immediately following Commencement 10:45-Noon

Golisano Library, Fireside Lounge

RSVP by May 7 to Sharon Tanner at tanner_sharon@roberts.edu

PsyD, MS School Counseling, MS School Psychology

Graduate Psychology Hooding Ceremony and Dinner

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6pm

Roberts Wesleyan College, Shewan Recital Hall

Invitations and details will be emailed to students. For more information please contact Sharon Tanner at

Teacher Education Reception

For student graduates and their families in Traditional Undergraduate programs, Pathway to Teaching program, and Masters of Education programs

Friday, May 13 come and go outdoor picnic from 4:30 - 6:30pm on campus

No cost or tickets required.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 6 to Sarah George [george_sarah@roberts.edu, (585) 594-6677].

Detailed information will be emailed to graduates in April.